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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima speak of life in lockdown and social media

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands spoke of the joy of having her mother with her in lockdown during the Royal Family’s summer photocall.

Queen Máxima’s mother, Maria del Carmen, had travelled to the Netherlands in early March to watch over her granddaughters when King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima went on a state visit to Indonesia. When the King and Queen returned to the Netherlands, the Coronavirus crisis blew up, and Maria del Carmen was unable to return to Argentina. Queen Máxima described how happy she was to have her mother with her during this difficult time. King Willem-Alexander described his mother-in-law as a “darling” and had no problem with having her there.

Even though Coronavirus cases are still growing in Argentina, Maria del Carmen has now returned home. Queen Máxima said, “She is now at home; everything is going well.” She said she could understand her mother’s wish to return home. “She missed her life there. You want to be in your own home, but we had an amazing time together.”

King Willem-Alexander also spoke of his daughters’ social media use. Last month a TikTok video showing Princess Alexia lip-syncing the lyrics of Flo Milli’s ‘In The Party’ leaked. “They hate it when this happens”, King Willem Alexander said, but Queen Máxima added that “it happens.” The video had not come from the Princess’ own account. Queen Máxima said, “They need to learn these things. It will go wrong, and you will learn from it. That’s the good thing about growing up; you can make mistakes as long as you learn from them.”

A cousin of the Princesses, Countess Eloise, is the only known member of the Royal Family to have an open social media account.