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The Netherlands

Portraits of Queen Máxima and daughters on display in host city of King’s Day

Individual portraits of Queen Máxima and her three daughters, Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane are on display in the Groninger Museum in Groningen, The Netherlands. Groningen is the host city for this year’s King’s Day (Dutch: Koningsdag), which is celebrated annually on 27 April (or the 26th if the 27th is on a Sunday). The 2018 celebration will take place on Friday the 27th.

The individual portraits were taken last year by Erwin Olaf in celebration of King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday in April. Blauw Bloed reported that the Groninger Museum has been working in collaboration with Erwin Olaf for a while.

Queen Máxima in 2017. copyright: RVD, photographer: Erwin Olaf

The Groninger Museum will have them on display from 26 April through 17 May in the museum’s entrance hall. Due to the portraits hanging in the entrance hall, an admission ticket is not required to view them.

14-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia. copyright: RVD, photographer: Erwin Olaf

For those travelling to Groninger for King’s Day, the museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

The photos, by Erwin Olaf, were released in October of last year by the Royal House of the Netherlands. They were taken on 18 April 2017 ahead of His Majesty’s 50th birthday. 

12-year-old Princess Alexia. copyright: RVD, photographer: Erwin Olaf

Upon their initial release, the new portrait of Queen Máxima was scheduled to 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.

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 service. 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.

10-year-old Princess Ariane. copyright: RVD, photographer: Erwin Olaf

The three daughters of Their Majesties 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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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.