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Argentine Rough Diamond: How A Simple Girl With Shady Past Became Queen Of The Netherlands

Date November 15, 2018 13:01

Although most people believe that we live in a democratic world, a number of countries have preserved the institution of monarchy. Undoubtedly, the majority of representatives of the ancient dynasties have a rather ceremonial role. The fact remains: even in the 21st century, a modern Cinderella can become a queen.

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Willem-Alexander ascended the throne of The Netherlands in 2013 at the age of 46, following abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. The currently reigning monarch became the country's first male ruler in over 100 years. Since his great-grandmother took over at the end of the 19th century, the Dutch throne was exclusive to women.

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A historian by education, for many years Willem-Alexander worked in public service, and also made himself a successful military career. It would seem that the young man would have chosen his soul mate from aristocratic circles. But in 1999, at a private party in Spain, he met Máxima.

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The future consort was born in Buenos Aires into the family of Jorge Zorreguieta. He was one of the supporters of dictator Videla and held a position of a minister in his government. After graduating from the Catholic University of Argentina, Máxima worked in the field of financial markets research, sales, was a tutor of mathematics and English, and made an excellent career in the banking sphere.

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Beautiful and knowledgeable, she couldn’t help but attract the attention of the future Dutch monarch. Willem-Alexander did not make his origin known immediately. And they say that Máxima laughed and refused to believe when he finally did. But Willem-Alexander’s choice was hardly accepted by his relatives and his subjects.

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However, the queen soon recognized a smart and modern girl in her future daughter-in-law, probably keeping in mind that her own husband had once supported the policy of Adolf Hitler and served in the German army. A year after the start of the relationship, Máxima moved from New York to Brussels and in 2001 the couple announced their engagement.

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The Dutch were not in a rush to accept the foreigner with a shady past. But Máxima found a way to earn their love: in only several months she learned the language, began actively engaging in social and charitable work, and kept unprecedentedly close to the people. Unlike Queen Beatrix, she wasn’t trying to emphasize her status, but boldly mingled with the people and worked on social development programs.

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The magnificent wedding took place in 2002, and three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane, made their appearance in the young family in 2003, 2005, and 2007. At home, the girls are quite public figures: not only do they accompany their parents on official visits, but also participate in many children’s and youth events.

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People learned to love Máxima for her honesty, ability and desire to work, close proximity to people, openness, and passion which she has put in her every initiative.

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Today, a commoner from the family of an Argentine dictator’s supporter is an internationally respected public and state figure representing her country (shortly before the wedding, she was granted Dutch citizenship). First of all, she is a mother, a spouse, and an influencer, and only then a queen. Is it possible not to love someone who’s changed her life for the sake of strangers and made protecting their interests her main occupation?

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