Maxima and her mini-mes! Queen joins King Willem-Alexander and their trio of blonde daughters for the Dutch royal family’s annual summer
It was a case of like mother like daughters today as the Dutch royal family gathered for their annual summer photo.
Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander were joined by their trio of young daughters, Princesses Amalia, 13, Alexia, 12, and Ariane, 10, all of whom bear more than a passing resemblance to their glamorous mother – though Princess Alexia appears to have inherited her father’s red hair.
The royals arrived at the riverside spot in Warmond by boat to pose for their annual snap, and Maxima wore an appropriately nautical top for the occasion.
The 46-year-old Queen teamed her stripy top with ankle-grazing trousers and navy ballet pumps.
She wore her blonde hair down and completed her outfit with oversized white drop earrings and sunglasses.
She and King Willem-Alexander looked proud as punch to pose with their daughters to be with their daughters for the day and treated them to a boat ride in Warmond
Queen Maxima’s three daughters looked strikingly similar with their long loosely-curled hair.
Eldest daughter Princess Amalia wore a long blue top with embellished detailing on the front and white skinny jeans.
The two younger siblings, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane also kept their outfits relaxed and matched in their white blouses.
King Willem-Alexander stood up as he steered the family’s boat towards the waiting photographers who had gathered to see them.
Queen Maxima helped with the rope as they arrived and prepared to pose together.
The sun held out for their boating trip and they were able to all sit on the grass with the beautiful backdrop behind them.
BIO OF QUEEN MAXIMA
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. … Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti; 17 May 1971) is the wife of King Willem-Alexander. On 30 April 2013, she became the first Dutch queen consort since Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, the second wife of King William III in 1890
Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 May 1971. Queen Máxima is the daughter of Jorge Zorreguieta (born 1928), Secretary of Agriculture under General Jorge Rafael Videla during Argentina’s last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), and his second wife, María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart (born 1944). She has two brothers, a sister, and three half-sisters by her father’s first wife, Marta López Gil.
She is named after her paternal great-grandmother Máxima Bonorino González (1874–1965). Her father is a scion of the Zorreguieta family who had been landed gentry, professionals, regional politicians, and statesmen for generations. Her maternal great-grandfather was also from the landed gentry; Domingo Carricart Etchart (1885-1953) was a landowner, politician, Director of the Banco Provincial de Buenos Aires, first mayor of González Chaves, and mayor of Tres Arroyos.
She grew up in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires city, and studied at Northlands School, a bilingual school of the city of Olivos. She graduated with a degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in 1995. This private university is governed by a directory of local bishops, including the current Pope Francis, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Grand Chancellor of UCA. During her student years, Francis presided over the traditional Mass at the beginning of classes. She later completed her studies with a Master’s degree in the United States.
From 1989 to 1990, while still in college, she worked for Mercado Abierto Electrónico S.A. From 1992 to 1995, she worked in the sales department of Boston Securities SA in Buenos Aires, where she conducted research on software for financial markets. From July 1996 to February 1998, the current queen Máxima worked for HSBC James Capel Inc. in New York City, where she became vice president of institutional sales for Latin America. From then until July 1999, she was vice president of the emerging markets division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York. From May 2000 to March 2001 she worked in the Deutsche Bank in Brussels.
She also worked as an English language teacher to children and adults, and of mathematics for high school students and freshmen.
Máxima met Willem-Alexander in April 1999 in Seville, Spain, during the Seville Spring Fair. In an interview, they stated that he introduced himself only as “Alexander”, so that she did not know he was a prince. She thought he was joking when he later told her that he was not only a prince, but the Prince of Orange and heir apparent to the Dutch throne. They agreed to meet again two weeks later in New York, where Máxima was working for Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Their relationship apparently began in New York, but she did not meet his parents, Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus, for some time.
The news of the couple’s relationship and eventual marriage plans caused controversy in the Netherlands, due to the involvement of Máxima’s father Jorge Zorreguieta as a cabinet minister during the National Reorganization Process, the most recent Argentinian dictatorship. Her father’s tenure as a minister took place during the beginning stages of the Dirty War, a period of repression that saw 10,000–30,000 people killed or disappeared during the seven-year military regime. At the request of the States General, Michiel Baud, a Dutch professor in Latin American studies, carried out an inquiry into the involvement of Zorreguieta in the Dirty War (roughly, 1974–83).
Zorreguieta claimed that, as a civilian, he was unaware of the Dirty War while he was a cabinet minister. Baud determined that Máxima’s father had not been directly involved in any of the numerous atrocities that took place during that period. However, Baud also concluded that Zorreguieta was almost certainly aware of them; in Baud’s view, it was highly unlikely that a cabinet minister would not have known about them. Even so, his possible presence at the royal wedding was debated for several months.
The couple announced their engagement on 30 March 2001; Máxima addressed the nation in Dutch (which at the time she only spoke to basic conversational extent) during the live televised broadcast.
Máxima was granted Dutch citizenship by Royal Decree on 17 May 2001 and now has dual citizenship: Argentine and Dutch.
The engagement was formally approved by the States General later that year—a necessary step for Willem-Alexander to remain heir to the throne.
Máxima and Willem-Alexander were married on 2 February 2002 in a civil ceremony in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, which was then followed by a religious ceremony at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk (“New Church”).
She remained a Roman Catholic after her marriage
She is the first Dutch queen consort to have been born outside Europe although, through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal and other noble families of the Iberian Peninsula who moved to the Argentine viceroyalty during the early nineteenth century.
Máxima’s parents were not present at the wedding; her father was told he could not attend due to his role as a cabinet minister during the National Reorganization Process, and her mother chose not to attend without her husband.
The couple has three daughters:
- Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, Princess of Orange, born 7 December 2003 at HMC Bronovo in The Hague.
- Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of the Netherlands, born 26 June 2005 at HMC Bronovo in The Hague.
- Princess Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés of the Netherlands, born 10 April 2007 at HMC Bronovo in The Hague.
Máxima is also godmother of:
- Countess Sophie Philippa Máxima Walburga Marie of Waldburg-Zeil, born 29 June 2000.
- Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, born 3 December 2005.
- Countess Leonore Marie Irene Enrica of Orange-Nassau, born 3 June 2006.
By a decree issued on 25 January 2002, upon the solemnization of marriage, Máxima Zorreguieta was granted the titles Princess of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau, and the style Royal Highness was formally conferred upon her. She also became “mevrouw van Amsberg (Mrs. van Amsberg)”.
Another decree issued on the same day also granted her own personal coat of arms and a personal standard
On 13 May 2011, the Dutch parliament confirmed that Máxima would become queen consort of the Netherlands upon her husband’s accession, after a debate over her future title and style.
On 28 January 2013, it was announced that Queen Beatrix would abdicate on 30 April in favour of Willem-Alexander. Máxima is the Kingdom’s first queen consort since Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, the second wife of William III. She is the first Dutch queen consort to have been born as a commoner, and the first to have been born outside Europe.
Titles and styles
- 17 May 1971 – 2 February 2002: Miss Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti
- 2 February 2002 – 30 April 2013: Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. van Amsberg
- 30 April 2013 – present: Her Majesty The Queen
- Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold I
- Belgium: Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Brunei: Member 1st Class of the Order of the Most Esteemed Family Order of Brunei
- Chile: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit
- Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant
- France: Grand Cross of the Order of National Merit
- Germany: Grand Cross Special issue of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Japan: Grand Cordon (Paulownia) of the Order of the Precious Crown
- Luxembourg: Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
- Mexico: Sash of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- Norway: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav
- Oman: Member 1st Class of the Order of Sultan Qaboos
- Poland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
- Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
- United Arab Emirates: Grand Cross of the Order of Union