Queen Máxima, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 14 August to cheer on the Dutch athletes in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
Her husband King Willem-Alexander returned with his family to the South American country, as well. He had previously been in Rio de Janeiro with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers. He is an honourary member of the International Olympic Committee. During his first trip to Brazil for the Olympics, he attended the opening ceremony in Maracanã Stadium on 5 August and the IOC’s President’s Dinner on the evening of 4 August. He also cheered on the Dutch athletes at different events. His initial trip was a short one, which only lasted from 4 August through 6 August.
The family was at Pão de Açucar to cheer on Dorian van Rysselberghe, who is the Dutch representative in men’s sailing for RS:X (windsurfing). King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, The Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane posed for photographers before they watched the race from a white yacht, which enabled them to see the race up-close. They all appeared thrilled to be at the Olympic Games to cheer on their fellow countrymen. The three siblings, often called “The A Team”, posed separately from their parents before the race began, with twelve-year-old Catharina-Amalia looking especially enthusiastic. Dorian van Rysselberghe brought home the gold for the Netherlands. Iván Pastor won silver for Spain and Chun Leung Michael Cheng won bronze for Hong Kong.
Their Majesties later were in attendance at Olympic Aquatics Stadium for the men’s 100m medley relay final.
The return of the family to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics comes as a surprise to some. However, King Willem-Alexander, during the family’s annual summer photo call, mentioned there was a possibility that his three daughters would make the trip to South America for the games, and indeed, they did.
This is not their first trip to South America for the family. Queen Máxima was born and raised in Argentina, and they have visited her native country a number of times to spend time with Her Majesty’s family.