Queen Maxima: 38 Fabulous Hats To Celebrate Her Majesty’s Birthday

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is, for me, right up there with the Duchess of Cambridge and Crown Princess Mary.

Yes, all three women have that crucial “commoner” thing in common, but aside from that, Maxima always looks happy to see everyone, be they a small child thrusting flowers in Her Majesty’s face, or a bellhop greeting her at a German hotel.

Today, the Buenos Aires-born consort turns 45, three years after becoming Queen alongside the Netherlands’ monarch and her husband, King Willem-Alexander.

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In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, and a celebration was thrown in honor of the passing of the crown.  The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended, as did several other royal families from around the world.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima Is Psyched To Be in Bavaria

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I love the British royal family ever so much, but Queen Maxima is on my overall top five list of favorite royals (Prince Philip’s on that list as well).

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Today, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands kicked off a visit to Bavaria.  When they arrived in Munich, Their Majesties popped over to the Alte Pinakothek museum to officially re-open the Dutch wing, which had recently undergone a renovation.  Continue reading

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Join Royals For Remembrance Sunday

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Today marks Remembrance Sunday, a tradition in the UK and around the Commonwealth “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.”

 

The Queen is joined by members of the royal family at Whitehall in London, where she lays a wreath of poppies at the foot of the Cenotaph, an “empty tomb” to honor soldiers whose remains did not make it back home.

The ceremony includes two minutes of silence and the “Last Post,” as well as a veteran march past the Centoaph to honor fallen soldiers.

Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands took part in the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the British liberation of Holland.    Continue reading

Let’s Learn Some History From Queen Maxima’s Jewelry

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As King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wrap up their official visit to North America, let us learn more about their great nation through the wonder of jewelry.

Queen Maxima was born in Argentina and met the king during the 1999 Seville Spring Fair in Spain.  His Majesty, who was inaugurated in April 2013 when his mother, the now-Princess Beatrix, abdicated in his favor.  Willem-Alexander only introduced himself as “Alexander” at the time, Maxima recalled in an interview, and didn’t reveal his background until they had been dating for a bit.

The couple married in 2002, and  have three daughters.

The Court Jeweller‘s Ella Kay answers my questions about the House of Orange’s most historically significant jewels.  Continue reading