12 Things You Need to Know About the New Queen of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima

By Leah Bourne, The Vivant

Queen Máxima Just yesterday the Dutch celebrated the coronation of a new king and queen of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima. Being obsessed with all things royalty, here, 12 things you need to know about the new queen.

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1. She's Argentinian. No, Máxima's doesn't hail from the Netherlands herself, she is from Argentina.

2. She is a descendent of royalty. Through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal and his son King Denis of Portugal and many noble families of the Iberian Peninsula.

3. Her father has a controversial past. Máxima's father was a cabinet minister during the regime of Argentine President Jorge Rafael Videla, and was believed to be involved in the "Dirty War," a period of state sponsored terrorism in Argentina during the 1960s.

4. She has a business background. Máxima worked for Deutsche Bank in New York City before becoming a royal.

5. When she met her husband she didn't know he was a prince. Máxima met the heir to the Dutch throne in 1999 at the Seville Spring Fair in Seville, Spain. In interviews she has stated that at first she didn't know he was a prince since he only introduced himself to her as "Alexander."

6. Máxima and Willem-Alexander had to get state approval to get married. The couple had to get approval for their marriage from the Dutch parliament, as necessary by law for the prince to remain on the throne.

7. She's a fashionista. During the various inauguration celebrations and ceremonies, Máxima donned a red-tiered Valentino gown, a pale pink satin gown with an enormous bow on the shoulder by designer Edouard Vermeulen of Belgian couture house Natan, and a royal blue column gown with lace and beading at the neckline by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, who shows during Haute Couture in Paris.

8. Yes, she has a crown. During the coronation, Máxima wore a spectacular diamond and sapphire tiara-it is good to have access to the crown jewels.

9. She's the most popular royal in the Netherlands. Máxima is the country's most popular royal according to opinion polls, even more so than the much-admired former queen Beatrix and a long way ahead of her husband, who had a reputation as being a playboy before they married.

10. She's fluent in three languages. Máxima speaks three languages-her native Spanish, English, and Dutch.

11. She has three daughters. Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane-and they are all adorable.

12. She openly supports gay rights. Máxima is one of the few royals in the world to be an open supporter of gay rights, and was the first royal to attend an LGBT rights conference in 2008.

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