The royal women of the Netherlands were ready for their close up! The Dutch Royal House released new portraits of Queen Maxima and her three daughters — Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane — on September 30. The gorgeous headshots were taken by photographer Erwin Olaf on April 18, 2017 to mark King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday (April 27).CLICK FOR FULL GALLERY
Maxima and her girls posed for photos ahead of King Willem-Alexander's 50th birthday on April 27 Photo: RVD / Erwin Olaf
The monarch’s wife, 46, and children posed for the portraits smiling directly at the camera, while their hair blew around them. Earlier this year, the royal dad-of-three opened up about Queen Maxima, who he married in 2002. He said, “We are just getting started, we’ve only been together 18 years. We can be happy together for a long time. She is critical but also caring and forgiving when I am capricious. She is a very special woman, and I am very fortunate to have met her.”
Amalia is the heir apparent to the Dutch throne Photo: RVD / Erwin Olaf
Meanwhile, the Dutch King called his daughters— Amalia, 13, Alexia, 12, and Ariane, ten — his “radiant ladies.” Back in April, King Willem-Alexander admitted that he wants his firstborn, Amalia, to find herself before one day taking the throne. “You must first get to know yourself through and through. That's what I am constantly emphasizing with Amalia,” he told Dutch author Wilfried de Jong.
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King Willem-Alexander previously called his daughters (Ariana pictured above) his "radiant ladies" Photo: RVD / Erwin Olaf
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He added, "I keep saying: know your own limits. Go everywhere. Make mistakes, as far as possible out of the eyes of the public. I did that, a lot. Festivals, parties everything and more — find your boundaries. It is a good thing to do, without doing it in the public domain."