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Queen Máxima applauded while Ivanka Trump jeered during panel discussion



On Tuesday in Berlin, Queen Máxima was part of a panel discussion with First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who also serves as an advisor to her father, President Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Others on the panel included Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund; Anne Finucane, Vice President of the Bank of America; and Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Foreign Minister.

The discussion focused on female entrepreneurship and was part of the Women 20 dialogue of the G20 being held in Germany from 24 through 26 of this month. More specifically, the topics of the economic position of women and the challenges they face in improving their global position.

The Queen received significant applause when she said that she was only a feminist if the definition was about wanting freedom of choice and equal rights. Chancellor Merkel agreed with her saying that she was one, too, by that definition. Her applause was in contrast to the reaction Ivanka Trump received earlier after praising her father, US President Donald Trump. She told the predominately female audience that her father was “a tremendous champion of supporting families.” Ivanka further added that she knew firsthand of his role in advocating for paid family leave for women, “As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive.”

Her Majesty is the honorary chair of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion; The Queen also serves as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Queen Máxima began her role in 2009, then as Princess Máxima, after her appointment by former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She works to advise the Secretary-General on inclusive finance for development and travels across the globe each year for her position.

In January of this year, the Queen spoke at the G20 conference during the meeting focusing on digitising finance, financial inclusion and financial literacy.



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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.