Behind every great man there is a great woman. A wonderful love story about how a simple Argentine girl turned the life of her heir to the crown into a real fairy tale (just like that, not the other way around). Today this prince is the king of the Netherlands, who is still happy with his queen. We offer you to admire the joint photos of the couple and remember how it all began. Willem-Alexander And Maxima the true love story.
Instead of foreword
At the age of 74, Queen Anne Beatrix announced her resignation in favor of her son Willem-Alexander, which she had held for 33 years, making her the third Dutch monarch in a row to voluntarily abdicate several times. decades of reign.
Willem-Alexander became the first king of the Netherlands after his great-grandmother came to the throne in 1890. It happened in 2013.
About King Willem-Alexander
The current king was born on April 27, 1967 and celebrated his birthday three days before the birth of his grandmother Juliana. This made it much easier to change the Dutch national holiday from Queen’s Day to King’s Day (the first was on 30 April, when both Queen Julian and Queen Beatrix decided not to change the date to 31 January in memory of her mother).
After graduating from a public school in the Netherlands and serving in the Royal Navy, Willem-Alexander earned a master’s degree in history from Leiden University, one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands.
Continuing his military service and government activities, the future king mastered English, Spanish and German in addition to his native Dutch. In 2002, Willem-Alexander married Maxima Sorreguieta Cerruti, an Argentine woman of Portuguese, Italian, and Basque descent.
About Queen Maxima
Queen Maxima was born four years younger than her husband – May 17, 1971 in Buenos Aires. She has two brothers and a sister and three half-sisters.
There, he graduated from school in Buenos Aires and from the Faculty of Economics of the Catholic University. After a brief stint in Argentina, the future queen moved to the United States, where she held executive positions at major international banks (HSBC James Capel Inc., Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Deutsche Bank) for several years.
In the spring of 1999, she met Prince Willem-Alexander at a private party during a spring carnival in Seville, Spain. At first, Maxima did not even suspect that she was communicating with the heir to the royal throne – he introduced himself to the girl, only giving her name and not mentioning her title.
Later, already at the wedding banquet, Maxima recalled that after learning who Willem-Alexander really was, she laughed for a long time and said that she was joking. After the Spanish meeting, the couple agreed to meet in the USA … After that, their relationship began to develop rapidly: while continuing to work as an investment banker in New York, Maxima often visited her lover in Europe, and he, in turn, flew to her overseas.
About King Willem-Alexander Queen Maxima
In May 2000, just a year after they met, Maxima started working at Deutsche Bank’s Belgian representative office. Brussels, where he lived for nearly a year, is just a few hours from Amsterdam (and other Dutch Royal residences). She worked as Maxima until March 2001: Willem-Alexander made an offer she accepted, and less than a month later she became a Dutch citizen by her full birthday.
The wedding took place on February 2, 2002 in Amsterdam. After the civil ceremony, the couple rode in a golden carriage through the streets of the city to the wedding – it took place in front of 1,500 guests in the presence of both Dutch and Argentine priests (the service was held in Dutch and partly in English and Spanish).
After the wedding, Maxima assumed the title “Princess of the Netherlands” and became the first Dutch queen consort (king consort) born outside of Europe after her coronation in 2013. For fifteen years the royal couple served as an example of a happy marriage that their subjects loved and cherished forever. However, this was not always the case.
Relationship news (and later the couple’s engagement) generated a lot of rumors and controversies. The fact is that Maxima’s father is Jorge Sorreguieta, the former Minister of Agriculture under the government of Argentine dictator Videla. He performed this task in the early stages of the “reorganization” of the dictatorship, which led to repressions affecting tens of thousands of Argentines.
The engagement had to be formally approved by the Dutch Parliament – a necessary formality for the crown prince if he wanted to maintain his claim to the throne. Several conservative politicians were openly opposed to the marriage of Willem-Alexander, the daughter of a dictatorship minister, to Maxima. But despite disgruntled objections, permission was granted. However, the possibility of the bride’s father being present at the wedding has been discussed for several months.
Dutch professors in Latin American history explored Father Maxima’s role in these historical events, by decision of the Speaker of the Parliament. They concluded that Jorge Zorreguieta was not directly involved in the numerous repressions that took place in Argentina in those years, but did not even know about them due to his position. This drama was enjoyed in Dutch and other European newspapers for months and was resolved when the bride’s father was banned from attending the wedding. Therefore, Maxima’s parents were not present at her wedding to Willem-Alexander: her father was officially banned, and her mother due to the decision not to go to the celebration alone.
The Dutch did not immediately fall in love with the future ruler – at the time of the announcement of the engagement, the Argentine knew only a few colloquialisms in the national language. But then Latin America gained openness, sensuality and “vitality” (unlike Willem-Alexander’s mother, Maxima did not distance herself from people).
Recognition was also facilitated as within a few months Maxima learned the language and began to speak it fluently. This had a huge impact on the people of the country and her work on numerous charity projects (for one of them she went through the icy canals of Amsterdam). Now, already queen, Maxima is involved in various social and political controversies, such as the integration of immigrants into Dutch society.
Maxima is distinguished by an elegant but at the same time bright style, which at all events it honors with its presence, includes clothes from both French fashionistas and aspiring Dutch designers. The royal couple attends many state and public international events, while placing great emphasis on the upbringing of their daughter, heirs to the throne, Amalia, Alexia and Arianna.
Frida Kahlo’s trashed work sold for $8.63 million
The self-portrait of the world-famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which she disliked and trashed, sold for $ 8.63 million at auction.
For Frida Kahlo’s 1933 and disliked “Self-Portrait. His work, which he named “So ugly” (Autorretrato. Muy feo) and then thrown away, was put up for sale by an unnamed person at an auction held at Christie’s auction house in New York on Thursday.
An estimated price of between 7 and 10 million dollars was determined before the sale for Frida’s self-portrait, which she made with the rarely used fresco technique and measuring 22.2 by 27.3 centimeters, and the work was sold for 8.63 million dollars.
It is reported that a friend named Lucienne Bloch found the piece, which Frida threw in the trash, during a visit and secretly bought it and sold it at auction.
Last year, Frida Kahlo’s work “Diego and me” had a buyer for 34.9 million dollars. The painting became the artist’s highest-selling painting to date.
Porcelain doll collection of Ukrainian immigrant
The vintage porcelain doll collection of a Ukrainian immigrant living in Germany’s Bavaria state enchants those who see it.
Porcelain dolls, which first appeared in France in the 18th century, were used to introduce French fashion to the world. Usually such dolls were given lots of clothes and sent to customers as mini mannequins. Soon after, the production of dolls was placed on an industrial basis and became a plaything for the children of wealthy families.
Today, the main doll productions in Europe are in France, Germany, England and Italy. In recent years, China has been producing porcelain dolls frequently.
The owner of the collection, Antonina, is one of those who had to move to Germany with her grandchildren and wife shortly after Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Antonina started the collection as a gift from an old German doll that is at least 50 years old. Thereupon, the Ukrainian woman expanded her collection by wandering around flea markets. She overhauled used dolls and made them new she. Apart from this, Antonina added vintage dolls to her collection from the internet and created a large doll collection.
VIDEO: New event from climate activists: They poured flour on the design car
Climate activists spilled 8 kilos of flour on a vehicle painted by Andy Warhol in Milan, Italy.
Climate activists threw flour on a car painted by the US artist Andy Warhol in Milan, Italy. 4 activists from the ‘Last Generation’ group saw the colorful 1979 BMW M1 on display at the Fabbrica del Vapore cultural center hosting Warhol’s retrospective. He poured 8 kilos of flour on it. It was seen that the other 2 people in the group were dragged by security guards after sticking their hands on the ground.
“Arts have been targeted to highlight the hypocrisy of our society’s values. Are we seriously outraged when works of art appear to be damaged while remaining indifferent to the actual destruction of nature’s works, ecosystems and our own lives,” the group said in a statement. expressions were used.
VIDEO: The new target of the activists is Klimt
Climate activists in Austria have thrown a black, oily liquid at a famous painting by painter Gustav Klimt. One of the activists then glued himself to the frame of the painting.
Members of the group Last Generation Austria said on Twitter that they had attacked the 1915 painting “Death and Life” in the Leopold Museum in Vienna to protest their government’s use of fossil energy.
After throwing liquid over the painting, which was unharmed because it was behind a glass cover, one activist was pushed away by a museum official, while another glued his hand to the painting’s frame.
The group defended the protest on Twitter, saying they were protesting “oil and gas drilling,” which they described as a “death sentence of society.”
Climate activists and artworks
A Klimt painting has become the latest artwork to be targeted by climate activists in a bid to draw attention to global warming.
In recent months, different activist groups have organized numerous demonstrations in Germany, including throwing mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting and blocking streets. The British group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London last month.
Just Stop Oil activists glued themselves to the frame of an early copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and John Constable’s painting “The Hay Wain” at the National Gallery.
Banksy in Ukraine
The mysterious street painter Banksy appeared this time in Ukraine.
Banksy shared a picture of a gymnast standing on a wall in Kiev’s Borodyanka settlement, which was devastated by the Russian attacks, on Instagram. Other drawings have surfaced in Kiev recently. One shows the little judo boy ousting Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and the other features a drawing of a gymnast doing a ribbon dance. This led to rumors that Banksy was still in Kiev.
Climate activists in Norway glued themselves to the famous painting ‘The Scream’
According to national media reports, the two activists glued themselves to the 1893 painting ‘The Scream’ by the painter Edvard Much. There was no damage to the table.
Norwegian police detained 3 people at the call of the museum. It was stated that the third person filmed the people who had pasted themselves on the painting.
Museum officials stated that they have vacated the hall where the glass-protected painting is located and closed it to the public, and that the hall will open as soon as possible.
A similar incident took place in England on October 14, when two members of the environmentalist group “Just Stop Oil” threw tomato soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting exhibited at the National Gallery in the capital, London.
The Nazis stole it 78 years ago: Stradivarius violin found
The long-lost Stradivarius violin, stolen by the Nazis during World War II, has been found in France.
The violin, known as the “Lauterbach Stradivarius” after the German violin virtuoso Johann Christoph Lauterbach, who owned the instrument in the 19th century, was stolen from the Warsaw Museum in Poland in 1944.
The violin, which had several owners for nearly 200 years, was given to the Warsaw museum in 1939 when its last pre-World War II owner, Henryk Grohman, died, reportedly owned by the unnamed present-day owner, the Lauterbach Stradivarius.
There are only 650 in the world
Experts examining the instrument confirmed that the violin fits the description of the lost Stradivarius.
The Stradivarius violins produced in the workshop of the Italian Stradivari family in the 17th and 18th centuries, with only 650 pieces remaining in the world, are priceless.
Video: Climate activists target Warhol’s famous painting this time
The target of climate activists this time was Andy Warhol’s painting in Australia.
The target of climate activists, who previously targeted the works of artists such as Van Gogh and Goya, this time was American artist Andy Warhol’s painting in Australia.
Environmental and climate activists attacked the Andy Warhol painting in the National Gallery in Canberra, the capital of Australia.
The environmentalist group “Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies”, which continues to attack the works of famous painters to express their demands on climate, has scribbled on the artist’s work “Campbell’s Soup Cans” with a blue pen.
The canvases on which the American painter, one of the most important representatives of the pop art movement, depicted the soup cans that were released, were not damaged because they were protected by glass.
It is also known that the protesters wanted to stick their hands on the painting.
Climate activists have demanded that the Australian government cut support for the oil, gas and coal industries.
Activist Bonnie Cassen noted that Warhol’s artwork reflects “a culture of consumerism going crazy.”
Cassen said, “Now capitalism is insane. Fossil fuel companies are making record profits as families have to choose between medicine and food for their children. “Still, our government subsidizes the fossil fuel industry at $22,000 a minute,” he said.
Museum Island in Berlin welcomes millions of tourists every year
Museum Island, one of the most important tourist attractions of Berlin, the capital of Germany, and one of the most important museum complexes in Europe, is visited by millions of tourists every year.
Located in the center of Berlin, between the River Spree and the Spree Canal, the world-famous Museum Island was included in the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in 1999.
The James Simon-Gallery was added to the Museum Island, which consists of the Old Museum (Altes Museum), New Museum (Neues Museum), Old National Gallery, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum, after the reunification of the two Germanys.
More than 3 million tourists visit the Museum Island in Berlin, one of the most exclusive museum complexes in Europe, every year. The island, which consists of a unique collection of buildings in the heart of Berlin, began to be built during the reign of the Prussian rulers.
With the opening of the site in 1830, historically significant collections and works of art were made public for the first time in Berlin. The bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep 4, dating back 3,000 years, is also on display on the island, which stands out as a “magnificent synthesis” of art.
Described as “the most cultured of the islands” on its travel pages, Museum Island impresses its visitors with its architecture as well as the collections exhibited on an area of one square kilometer.
Possible photo of Vincent van Gogh found in old family album
Beneden-Leeuwen resident Andries van Beek believes he found a photograph of Vincent van Gogh in an old family photo album he bought at a flea market in Purmerend.
He also found a photograph of a woman he thought was Wil van Gogh, the youngest sister of the famous painter. Omroep Gelderland “I bought the family album from a flea market in Purmerend. I studied the photos at home and thought: this photo might be by Vincent van Gogh.” The photo was taken by photographer Dirk Jan Le Grand in Breda in 1884.
If true, Van Gogh may be 30 years old in the photo. So far, there is only one known photograph of the painter.
“I’m not sure this is a photograph of Vincent, but it’s possible,” Van Beek told the publisher. “I presented the photo to several art experts in my circle of friends, and they saw a striking resemblance.”
Van Beek emailed the photo to the Van Gogh Museum on Wednesday last week. “In 99.9 percent of such photos, the museum immediately says: This is not him.”
But on Thursday I received an email with the message: “We are investigating.”
— Omroep Gelderland (@OmroepGLD) November 7, 2022
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