Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Queen Máxima was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 May 1971 as Máxima Zorreguieta.She is the daughter of Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta and María del Carmen Cerruti de Zorreguieta. She has two brothers, one sister and three half-sisters.
Queen Máxima grew up in Buenos Aires. Máxima passed her baccalaureate examinations at Northlands School in 1988.She graduated in economics from the Universidad Católica Argentina in 1995.
From 1989 to 1990, while still at university, she worked for Mercado Abierto SA, where she did research into software for financial markets. From 1992 to 1995, she worked in the Sales Department of Boston Securities SA in Buenos Aires. She also taught English to children and adults, and mathematics to secondary school pupils and first-year students.
From July 1996 to February 1998, the Queen worked for HSBC James Capel Inc. in New York, where she was Vice-President of Latin American Institutional Sales. From then until July 1999 she was Vice-President of the emerging markets division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, specialising in Equities. She then moved to Deutsche Bank in New York, where she was Vice-President of Institutional Sales. From May 2000 to March 2001, she worked at the EU Representative Office of Deutsche Bank in Brussels.
On 30 March 2001, Máxima Zorreguieta became engaged to the Prince of Orange. She became a Dutch citizen on 17 May 2001. On 3 July 2001, the two houses of parliament passed a bill submitted by the government consenting to the marriage.
The civil marriage ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, in the Beurs van Berlage on 2 February 2002. On her marriage, Máxima received the title of Princess of the Netherlands. The religious ceremony took place at the Nieuwe Kerk.
In spring 2003, the couple moved to Eikenhorst on the De Horsten estate in Wassenaar. Their first child, Princess Catharina-Amalia/Princess of Orange, was born on 7 December 2003. Their second child, Princess Alexia, was born on 26 June 2005 and their third child, Princess Ariane, on 10 April 2007. All were born at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague.
Style of Queen Maxima of Netherlands