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.
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.
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.