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New photos released of Queen Máxima and daughters

New portraits of Her Majesty Queen Máxima and Their Royal Highnesses 13-year-old Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, 12-year-old Princess Alexia and 10-year-old Princess Ariane have been released by the Royal House of the Netherlands.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima. Copyright: RVD, Photographer: Erwin Olaf

They were taken on 18 April 2017 by Erwin Olaf on the occasion of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday. 

Olaf also took a set of images that were released for the Queen’s 40th birthday in 2011. The new portrait of Queen Máxima will be on display at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss as part of the exhibition “Women of Orange – Portraits of Five Queens,” according to Blauw Bloed.

Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia. Copyright: RVD, Photographer: Erwin Olaf

Willem-Alexander and his Argentine bride, Máxima married on 2 February 2002 in a civil ceremony at the Beurs van Berlage before travelling to Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) for a religious ceremony. Their first child, the now Princess of Orange, was born on 7 December 2003. Princess Alexia followed on 26 June 2005, and Princess Ariane was born on 10 April 2007.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia. Copyright: RVD, Photographer: Erwin Olaf

On 30 April 2013, then-Queen Beatrix signed the instrument of abdication after announcing her intent to abdicate in favour of her eldest son on 28 January 2013. Willem-Alexander was invested as King of the Netherlands at the Nieuwe Kerk later that same day. After the abdication, she reverted back to being called Princess Beatrix.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane. Copyright: RVD, Photographer: Erwin Olaf

The three daughters of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are often referred to as “The A-Team” due to all three of their names beginning with the letter ‘A.’ Although, Catharina-Amalia (the heir apparent) is her full legal name, she goes by just Amalia. The King himself joked that he and Máxima chose three names beginning with ‘A’ to complete the triple-A rating.

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