She was born with a queen’s name and queen she will be. On April 30, Maxima Zorreguieta will become the first Argentinean to become a monarch. Her husband since 2002, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will accede the throne of the Netherlands after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates to his favor.
Dutch ambassador in Argentina: ‘We are very proud of Maxima’
Hein de Vries, ambassador of the Netherlands in Argentina, stated in an interview for Argentina’s TN channel that the princess is “the most loved person in the Royal House,” and that “her life will change forever.” The ambassador clarified that the regal title Maxima will show from April 30 onwards — Queen of the Netherlands — will be “honorary” and that, from that day onwards, the first in the line of succession (to the throne) will be her eldest, young princess Amalia, 9. Maxima will not share the king’s political and military powers.
Maxima, from Buenos Aires to the Netherlands
Maxima has been married to the heir to the Dutch throne for 11 years. Her freshness, true love story and spontaneity made her way into the royal family and citizens’ hearts.
The soon-to-be queen was born on May 17, 1971 in Buenos Aires. She is the fourth daughter of Jorge Zorreguieta and the eldest child of Maria del Carmen Cerruti. Maxima has three brothers: Martin, 40; Juan 30; and Ines, 28; in addition to three stepsisters: Maria, 56; Angeles, 54; and Dolores, 47.
Maxima lived out her childhood in an apartment in the North District of Buenos Aires and studied in the exclusive Northlands School, a bilingual academy. She studied Economy in the Universidad Catolica Argentina, where she got her bachelor degree in 1995. Maxima Zorreguieta is an independent woman who likes to work. She worked first in Argentina and soon moved to New York to work in a high executive position for the HSBC Bank. When she was 28 years old she met Prince Willem-Alexander in Seville in 1999. In May 2000 she moved to Brussels to work in the Dutch Bank and to be near her prince. The rest of the love story is history.
They got married on February 2, 2002, in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) of Amsterdam under the Protestant Rite, although Maxima continued professing the Catholic faith, a decision that was welcomed by the Church.
Maxima’s spontaneity and her South American exotic touch despite her perfect adaptation to the Dutch identity, opened the hearts of her people in the Netherlands. Her exuberance and her genuine love for the Prince was worth the fidelity of her vassals. Maxima is the most popular member of the Royal Family of the Netherlands, according to several surveys.
The royal couple have three daughters: Catharina Amalia, Alexia Juliana and Ariane Guillermina. The girls speak Dutch, English and Spanish.
The coronation ceremony
The coronation will take place in the New Church of Amsterdam, the same one in which Maxima and Willem-Alexander married. The official program will begin with the signature of the Act of Abdication which will take place in the Royal Palace. Queen Beatrix will take a step aside and she will sign her abdication in the presence of the Royal House public notary. Afterwards, the family will be taken in carriages to the New Church of Amsterdam for the coronation ceremony. There, members of parliament will authenticate the abdication, including members of the royal houses and worldwide chiefs of state.
Maxima will no longer be called Princess of the Netherlands but her new regal title will be Queen Maxima. The Dutch will return to referring to the current Queen Beatrix as Princess of Orange-Nassau.
After the coronation, Willem-Alexander, Maxima and their daughters will move to the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, where Beatrix resides today. The Noordeinde Palace will be the monarch’s work place.
Maxima Zorreguieta represents for Argentine people a true Cinderella tale, where real love conquered all and allowed one of us to become “royal.”