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carlota 11-15-2005 05:37 AM

Queen Máxima - Official Biography
Princess Máxima
Official biography by the Royal House of the Netherlands

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands is married to Prince Willem-Alexander, the heir to the throne. They have two daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia.


Princess Máxima was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 May 1971 as Máxima Zorreguieta.

She is the daughter of Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta and María del Carmen Cerruti de Zorreguieta. She has two brothers, one sister and three half-sisters. Princess Máxima grew up in Buenos Aires.

Education and work before 2002

Princess Máxima passed her baccalaureate examinations at Northlands School in 1988.

She graduated in economics from the Universidad Católica Argentina in 1995.
From 1989 to 1990, while still at university, she worked for Mercado Abierto SA, where she did research into software for financial markets. From 1992 to 1995, she worked in the Sales Department of Boston Securities SA in Buenos Aires. She also taught English to children and adults, and mathematics to secondary school pupils and first-year students.
New York

From July 1996 to February 1998, Princess Máxima worked for HSBC James Capel Inc. in New York, where she was Vice-President of Latin American Institutional Sales. From then until July 1999 she was Vice-President of the emerging markets division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, specialising in Equities. She then moved to Deutsche Bank in New York, where she was Vice-President of Institutional Sales. From May 2000 to March 2001, she worked at the EU Representative Office of Deutsche Bank in Brussels.

Marriage and family

On 30 March 2001, Máxima Zorreguieta became engaged to the Prince of Orange.

She became a Dutch citizen on 17 May 2001. On 3 July 2001, the two houses of parliament passed a bill submitted by the government consenting to the marriage.
The civil marriage ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, in the Beurs van Berlage on 2 February 2002. The Reverend Carel ter Linden officiated at the church ceremony, which took place in the Nieuwe Kerk. On her marriage, Princess Máxima received the title of Princess of the Netherlands.
In spring 2003, the couple moved to Villa Eikenhorst on the De Horsten estate in Wassenaar. Their first child, Princess Catharina-Amalia, was born on 7 December 2003, at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Their second child, Princess Alexia, was born on 26 June 2005, also at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague.

Since 2002

Civic integration

Princess Máxima completed her civic integration programme in early 2005. Since becoming engaged, the Princess has been familiarising herself with Dutch society and the society of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, a programme that includes the study of Dutch language, history and constitutional law.
Council of State

Since 20 October 2004, Princess Máxima has been a member of the Council of State, the most important government advisory body.
Official duties

Princess Máxima, often with Prince Willem-Alexander, represents the Royal House at official occasions of all kinds. She also accompanies the Queen on state visits.
Committee for Ethnic Minority Women’s Participation

Princess Máxima was a member of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Women’s Participation from July 2003 till summer 2005. The Committee supported the 30 largest municipalities in promoting the participation in society of women from ethnic minority groups. It was chaired by former Member of Parliament Paul Rosenmöller.
The Princess has a seat in the board of governors of the Chair on the Management of Diversity and Integration at the Free University of Amsterdam.
Year of Microcredit

Princess Máxima was invited by the United Nations to join the Advisors Group for the International Year of Microcredit 2005. Microcredits are very small loans (in the region of €50) to poor people who are economically active in developing countries. This initial capital enables them to set up their own small business, for example. The advisors meet regularly to discuss progress regarding universal access to financial services.
In February 2005, the Princess paid a working visit to Uganda and Kenya to see how microcredit works. She also met representatives of government, business and NGOs. Princess Máxima plans a similar visit to Latin America at the end of 2005.
Orange Fund

Princess Máxima and Prince Willem-Alexander are patrons of the Orange Fund, which was set up to promote social welfare and cohesion in the Netherlands. Every year in May, the Princess presents Appeltje van Oranje awards to institutions that set an example in the field of welfare.
Prince Claus Chair

The Princess chairs the Board of Trustees of the Prince Claus Chair, which is occupied in turn at Utrecht University and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. The Chair was endowed to promote training and research in the field of development cooperation.

Leisure pursuits

Princess Máxima enjoys nature, the arts, music and dance.

She also enjoys skiing, water sports and running.

SOURCE: the official webpage of the Dutch Royal House

carlota 11-15-2005 05:42 AM

Translation of the official biography in spanish:
an interesting a reallly complete one may be found here (in spanish, from the dutch embassy in Argentina):

carlota 11-15-2005 05:52 AM

Official photographs and professional shots

SOURCE: the official webpage of the Dutch Royal House and Vanity Fair

carlota 11-15-2005 06:10 AM

SOURCE: the official webpage of the Dutch Royal House

Princess Maxima 11-23-2005 05:59 PM

Thanks carlota!!! Máxima is the greatest princess ever!!!!

carlota 11-28-2005 08:50 AM

Another biography, this time by HELLO MAGAZINE although NOT OFFICIAL
(source for both, article and photos)

Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

In 1999 Maxima Zorreguieta met her now-husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at a party in Seville, Spain. The striking Argentinian blonde had heard a prince would be at the fiesta, but she had no clue who it might be.
Little did she know that not only would she meet the mystery royal, but he'd also take a keen romantic interest in her. It was hardly a case of instant romance, however. When the prince came to visit her in New York three weeks later, says Maxima, "I'd nearly forgotten what he looked like."

The daughter of a wealthy landowner, Maxima was born May 17, 1971, to Jorge Zorreguieta and Maria del Carmen Cerruti in Buenos Aires. Educated at the English-style Northlands School in the city, she received a bilingual baccalaureat in 1988, going on to study economics at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina.

Although Maxima, then 27, met her prince while working for Germany's Deutsche Bank in New York, she came to the world's attention in August 1999, when the pair appeared together in public for the first time. Although they were dating seriously, Maxima kept her new beau's identity hidden from her parents. "I would tell them something different (about Willem) every time, but at some point I had no other remedy than to say: 'He's the prince of Holland.'"

But the romance was not a fairy-tale – Maxima and Willem-Alexander walked into a storm when it emerged that during the Seventies, Maxima's father had served as Argentina's agriculture minister during the rule of country's brutal military dictatorship, infamous for human rights violations. The news sparked a national discussion on whether Maxima was a suitable person to join the royal family.

Throughout the controversy – the Dutch parliament even went so far as to debate the issue – Queen Beatrix continued to embrace her son's girlfriend. And on Jan 31, 2001, on the queen's 63rd birthday, she posed for photos alongside the couple, giving the relationship the royal stamp of approval. Two months later, accompanied by the happy couple and her husband Prince Claus, the monarch praised Maxima as "an intelligent modern woman" in a rare nationally televised address as she announced the couple's engagement. However, though the wedding would go ahead, Maxima's father would not be present.

Facing reporters for the first time, Maxima candidly accepted the protocol that would keep her father away from her big day. "As a daughter I find it terrible that my father won't be there," she said, "but that's the way it is, and I understand the feelings of the Dutch on the question."

Becoming crown princess of the Netherlands doesn't mean that Maxima, who has dual Argentine and Dutch citizenship, plans to lose her identity. She says: "I am Latin and I will continue being Latin in respect to some aspects of my culture. I dance, I sing – and I will keep on dancing and singing." And does Willem-Alexander join in on the fun? "I keep trying to push him," she says humorously of Willem-Alexander's efforts on the dance floor. "His hips are a little rigid."

Her prince said he hoped the down-to-earth woman with the winning smile wouldn't change after she became part of the royal family. "I fell in love with this Maxima: spontaneous, interesting, nice," he says. "It wasn't always, nor will it be easy, but I hope that she stays the same person as she is now."

And 16 months after their wedding, as Maxima joyfully announced she was expecting the couple's first child - "I was so happy, I couldn't believe it!", she exclaimed - it was clear the princess hadn't lost a bit of her vibrant personality. Their first baby, Princess Catharina-Amalia, was born on December 7, 2003 and their second, Princess Alexia Juliana followed in June 2005.

And it seems the future queen has her feet planted firmly on the ground. Even in the run-up to her wedding, watched by the eyes of thousands, she said: "When we're in the church, we have to say, 'This is our day'. I think I won't see anyone there but Alexander."
the most recent photos hello has are...

Mara Jade 02-09-2009 05:06 PM

I've always been a fan of Maxima; she is so beautiful and seems like such a happy person. No scandal will ever come from her, which is very refreshing!

grace marie 02-18-2009 06:34 AM


Originally Posted by Princess Maxima (Post 329390)
Thanks carlota!!! Máxima is the greatest princess ever!!!!

I agree! She's looking as very nice, warm person!

carlota 02-28-2016 09:42 AM

i found this website which has a detailed history of maxima's life, full of anecdotes from people who knew her back in argentina and during her time in the US and the start of her life in the netherlands. i read some chapters and found it a very enjoyable read. although it tells the story from the start, it was produced when maxima became queen, so it is fairly up to date.

it is divided in 4 sections: her infancy, teenager years, her adult life and her life as a royal. it is written by a journalist called soledad ferrari, from argentina, who also wrote a book on maxima's life.

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