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Statuesque Queen Máxima gets a warm welcome from Her Majesty as London rolls out the red carpet for Dutch royal …

In his younger days, Willem-Alexander, who became monarch in 2013, had a reputation as a partying royal and was regarded as something of a Romeo.

He studied in Wales for a few years in the 1980s and as a young man, after being snapped clutching a pint of beer, was nicknamed Prince Pils – and the nickname stuck.

As a boy, he once shouted ‘All press, p off’ at a royal photo session, and used to deploy his catapult against photographers who followed the family when on ski holidays. Known to his friends as Alex, the fast car-loving royal once drove his own vehicle into a ditch.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with daughters Catharina-Amalia, 14, Alexia, 13 and 11-year-old Ariane in July 2018

But he eventually settled down, marrying Argentina-born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002, and they now have three daughters, Princesses Catharina-Amalia, 14, Alexia, 13 and 11-year-old Ariane.

Willem-Alexander worked part-time for more than 20 years as a guest pilot with KLM’s fleet of Fokker 70 planes.

The 51-year-old monarch and his family live at Villa Eikenhorst in the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar near The Hague, a former royal hunting ground which covers around 400 acres.

Holland’s royal family enjoy a relaxed relationship with the people of the Netherlands and recently released a series of modern portraits to mark the King’s fifth anniversary on the throne, showing the King, Queen and their children walking in line, mid stride.

Born in Buenos Aires, gregarious and vivacious Queen Máxima is a popular figure in the Netherlands and was the first person from Latin America to become queen consort in the country.

While studying for her degree in economics from the Pontifical Catholic Universit, she worked for for Mercado Abierto Electrónico S.

A, an electronic securities and foreign-currency trading market.

She also balanced her studies with working in the sales department of Boston Securities SA in Buenos Aires, conducting research on software for financial markets.

She and her husband met at a fair in Seville in 1999, and he initially introduced himself as Alexander so she wouldn’t know he was a prince. Máxima ultimately quit her high-flying career in finance to marry into the Dutch monarchy.

She is fluent in Spanish, her first language, English and Dutch and can speak conversational French. Thanks to her past career, Maxima has been appointed as a UN Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development by Ban Ki Moon.

In June this year, her sister Ines Zorreguieta, 33, who reportedly had been battling depression and other mental issues, was found dead by a friend in her apartment in the Almagro district of Buenos Aires after taking her own life

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