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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Amsterdam Sees Orange As Royal Couple Marries

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The Netherlands was awash in a sea of orange Saturday as Crown Prince Willem-Alexander wed an Argentine whose father's military junta past revived a tradition of controversial Dutch royal matches.

A tango band played and Maxima Zorreguieta, 30, wept after she exchanged vows with the 34-year-old Prince of Orange.

Crowds, some with faces painted orange and sporting orange wigs, let out a deafening cheer as the couple said "I do" before 1,600 guests at a Protestant ceremony with Catholic touches.

The Dutch have warmed to the blonde former banker since an initial furor after the engagement was announced last year.

The pair -- she in sumptuous ivory silk gown with five-meter train designed by Italian Valentino, he in naval uniform -- were earlier married by the mayor of Amsterdam in a civil ceremony at the Beurs van Berlage, a former bourse, attended by 600 guests.

Maxima's parents did not attend.

Her father Jorge, agriculture minister during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship when up to 30,000 people vanished or were killed, announced after the uproar over his past that he would not come.

Small smoke bombs were thrown as the couple rode through Amsterdam in a closed, horse-drawn carriage after their nuptials -- echoing the violent street protests that greeted the wedding of Willem-Alexander's mother, Queen Beatrix, to a German in 1966.

But most of the smoke this time was a patriotic orange, set off by a group of artists from a roof along the route.

Distinguished guests included former South African President Nelson Mandela, Britain's Prince Charles and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Tens of thousands of fans, some dressed head-to-toe in orange and with dogs in orange sashes, watched on huge screens.

Many wore inflatable orange crowns despite the gusty yet unseasonably sunny weather. Winter weddings are traditional for Dutch royalty, though 15 degree Celsius temperatures in February are not.

"It's Argentinian weather," said a television weatherman.

A whiff of marijuana smoke was in the air of Europe's gay capital as four men in long flowing white wedding dresses and orange sunglasses walked the pavement, waving regally.