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    The Netherlands' Queen Máxima might just be the world's most overqualified royal.



    Ever since the introduction of Meghan Markle, a Northwestern University-educated feminist who was a former World Vision ambassador who spoke about gender equality at the United Nations, into the British royal family; the focus on royals around the world has reached fever pitch.

    Like most royals of her generation, she comes from a normal background and her achievements were earned entirely independent of the royal family to which she would eventually marry into. While Kate Middleton has a history of art degree from St Andrew’s University, which she exercises in her role as patron for London's National Portrait Gallery, she spent little time working in the real world working because of her clearly defined path as a royal bride.
    The global obsession with Meghan has renewed the affection for the British royals and whet the appetites of celebrity followers and royal watchers the world over eager to get their fix of tiaras, palace events and a new crop of princesses even further afield.
    Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary was an established sales director when she met her husband Prince Frederik, Jordan’s Queen Rania’s dedication to humanitarian work sets her apart from her peers and Belgium’s Queen Mathilde has an honours degree in psychology and speaks three languages. The bar for people who marry into royal families is extraordinarily high, and then, in comes The Netherlands' Queen Máxima, whose professional success would make even Meghan blush.
    Máxima, originally from Argentina, holds an economics degree from Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, and had been working as vice president of institutional sales for HSBC’s Latin American branch in New York when she met her husband King Willem-Alexander at a party in Seville in 1999.

    At that time, she was working as vice president of institutional sales for HSBC’s Latin American branch and then moved onto Dresdner Kleinwort Benson to work as vice president of emerging markets, during which time she met her future husband which would change her entire life trajectory. Within a few months, the couple realised they had something special and while he was limited geographically to Holland, she moved to Brussels, where she worked at Deutsche Bank, as a halfway point: she could continue her work in finance without having to endure a transatlantic relationship.


    She grew up studying at a bilingual school which taught in both English and Spanish and after meeting Willem-Alexander, she began studying Dutch and became fluent within two years. By that time, they had announced their engagement and with a royal wedding on the horizon, they could no longer avoid the unforgiving attention of the spotlight.
    By the time they exchanged vows in 2001, the happy couple had already faced with their fair share of hardship, in particular because of Máxima’s father Jorge Zorreguieta, who served as Argentina’s agriculture minister during the country’s brutal dictatorship in 1970s, during the infamous Dirty War period. The news was the subject of national debate, and even Dutch parliament discussed her suitability as a royal bride-to-be. All the while, then Queen Beatrix stood by her son and his partner and the decision was made not to invite Jorge to their wedding for fear of national upset.
    "As a daughter I find it terrible that my father won't be there. But that's the way it is, and I understand the feelings of the Dutch on the question,” she said at the time.
    He was also absent from other notable royal family ceremonies, in particular when Alexander ascended the throne in 2013 and Maxima was made queen, but the couple always made private trips to see her family in Argentina and later with their three daughters Amalia (15), Alexia (13) and Ariane (12).
    Over time, the focus shifted from history towards the future as she committed to her royal duties and has become embraced globally for her work and down-to-earth attitude. But that didn’t mean she would stop her pre-royal work and she has utilised both her platform as queen and expertise in finance to fill up her schedule with worthy causes.


    In 2009, she was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), she became the honorary chair of the Money Wise Platform in 2010, she’s a member of the Committee for Enterprise and Finance, in 2011, she became honorary patron of the G20's Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and she’s a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Global Financial System.
    Through her UN work, she acts as a global voice pushing for universal access to affordable, effective, and safe financial services and advocates that financial inclusion improves the objectives of poverty alleviation, job creation and gender equality around the world.
    Her work requires more than speeches and raising awareness, but rather influencing and educating decision makers across all levels about the degrees of influence. In short, Maxima does a lot more that ribbon cutting and photo ops.

    Part of the day job is travelling the world, facilitating relationships between other royal families and nations, while wearing your choice of gown and a tiara borrowed from the family vault, but she does so with ease.


    When it comes to her dress sense, she is famous for her bombastic wardrobe without appearing ostentatious: she prefers big hats, chunky jewellery and bright colours, but most importantly, she is the ultimate champion of Dutch designers and often shops locally when it comes to filling up her closet.
    On Monday, for the annual Kingsday celebrations, she chose a Claes Iversen dress for the occasion and she prefers Natan, the Edouard Vermeulen-run fashion house and Jan Taminiau, a boutique in Amsterdam. She regularly appears at Dutch Design Week, keeping an eye on the rising stars in her country’s fashion industry; a tactic which Meghan and Kate could adopt as they often flip-flop between British and international designers.
    Máxima has the benefit of nearly 20 years experience to inform her decision making now, but she serves as a reminder that you can have some semblance of indigence after sacrificing so much of yourself for love; something Meghan might appreciate after realising all she's had to give up.




    8Queen Maxima (L) and King King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wave upon arrival in Trier during a three day visit to Germany, on October 10, 2018. (Photo by Boris Roessler / dpa / AFP)





    8King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima wave after their wedding February 2, 2002 on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Holland. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)



    8United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (R) shakes hands with the Netherlands' Queen Maxima at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS


    8King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands at Palace Noordeine for the annual opening of the Parliamental year Prinsjesdag on September 18, 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/WireImage)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    The thing is Nevan, teeth move. I had a load of dental work as a teen upper and lower braces. I hadn’t wisdom teeth out and everything. I am careful to use a whitening toothpaste (now needs to be a sensitive whitening toothpaste) but my teeth have moved. It also doesn’t help that I have chipped front and molars. One dentist (that, to be fair should have been able to add up the clues) asked me how I managed to chip a molar because “it’s really hard to do that”. I told him that I’d been punched in the face and he went white. I don’t think I saw him again.
    One really cool dentist managed to build up my front tooth to smooth of the chip & make my tooth look whole. It’s didn’t last forever and she’s now left the practise.
    I think with me, it’s purely a self-confidence thing. My slightly crooked tooth gives me no trouble whatsoever. If I’m looking dead on at you, you can’t even tell. But I’ve seen pics of myself at the worst angle that shows it looking yucky and it makes me cringe. With the boy, his whole bite is/was off and his one front tooth prevented him somewhat from closing his upper lip over it.

    You can to crack a molar or one of those other teeth back there. Any kind of munching on hard candy can do it even with healthy teeth. I don’t know what that dentist was talking about.

    Both of my younger sisters got braces, even though I needed them more than either one of them. Just another F U from my parents. One sister’s teeth are still very straight. The other one had her upper teeth shift a little bit, but they’re still very nice looking. Both wore a retainer/headgear for years after the braces came off.

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    Ignoring his yellow teeth, it's nice to see the Dutch king so happy, though. From what I've read and heard, he had some girlfriends before that he considered marrying, but his mom the Queen did not find them suitable for their future job. With Maxima he apparently set an ultimatum: either he could marry her, or he would refuse to be successor to the throne. Obviously, the past of Maxima's father was a huge problem, but the Dutch government worked around it. The Dutch king is not the sharpest tool in the box, but he is quite sensitive, warm and emotional - a lot different than his mom. So, to see him so happy and even grateful for his wife and family is just sweet.
    They do seem very happy. And I love how they’re all normal sized people and not starved to a skeleton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevan View Post
    I think with me, it’s purely a self-confidence thing. My slightly crooked tooth gives me no trouble whatsoever. If I’m looking dead on at you, you can’t even tell. But I’ve seen pics of myself at the worst angle that shows it looking yucky and it makes me cringe. With the boy, his whole bite is/was off and his one front tooth prevented him somewhat from closing his upper lip over it.

    You can to crack a molar or one of those other teeth back there. Any kind of munching on hard candy can do it even with healthy teeth. I don’t know what that dentist was talking about.

    Both of my younger sisters got braces, even though I needed them more than either one of them. Just another F U from my parents. One sister’s teeth are still very straight. The other one had her upper teeth shift a little bit, but they’re still very nice looking. Both wore a retainer/headgear for years after the braces came off.



    They do seem very happy. And I love how they’re all normal sized people and not starved to a skeleton.
    Its not a crack it’s an actually chip and it’s where the chip is, it’s not vertical (like the hard candy thing) it’s lateral. I felt it come off when he hit me because he cracked my jaw at the same time. Other dentists have seen it since (he saw it when it was very new) and are very careful and ask me tactfully probing questions but I guess it’s all down to experience.

    The chips at the front (from a different couple of punches) are more “normal” but part of my healing from it was to get them levelled off but I don’t want veneers or caps or any of that shit.
    TBH I think he was just making conversation because he’d not seen it before. However I’ve been careful in the past not to show my dad my teeth as he knows exactly what happened but we just don’t talk about it. Oh my dad was a forensic odontologist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    Its not a crack it’s an actually chip and it’s where the chip is, it’s not vertical (like the hard candy thing) it’s lateral. I felt it come off when he hit me because he cracked my jaw at the same time. Other dentists have seen it since (he saw it when it was very new) and are very careful and ask me tactfully probing questions but I guess it’s all down to experience.

    The chips at the front (from a different couple of punches) are more “normal” but part of my healing from it was to get them levelled off but I don’t want veneers or caps or any of that shit.
    TBH I think he was just making conversation because he’d not seen it before. However I’ve been careful in the past not to show my dad my teeth as he knows exactly what happened but we just don’t talk about it. Oh my dad was a forensic odontologist.
    The will not to see or believe is a powerful force to fight against. When my adolescent sexual abuser lost his license to practice, and I came out about it to my parents my dad said "how could you say such a terrible thing about a wonderful man". AFTER he lost his license. And he continued to go to the abuser for 'therapy' and advice and paid him 10s of thousands a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Her daughter’s getting married next year. Maybe the embarrassing wedding pics will persuade her.
    or just use photoshop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    Its not a crack it’s an actually chip and it’s where the chip is, it’s not vertical (like the hard candy thing) it’s lateral. I felt it come off when he hit me because he cracked my jaw at the same time. Other dentists have seen it since (he saw it when it was very new) and are very careful and ask me tactfully probing questions but I guess it’s all down to experience.

    The chips at the front (from a different couple of punches) are more “normal” but part of my healing from it was to get them levelled off but I don’t want veneers or caps or any of that shit.
    TBH I think he was just making conversation because he’d not seen it before. However I’ve been careful in the past not to show my dad my teeth as he knows exactly what happened but we just don’t talk about it. Oh my dad was a forensic odontologist.
    Omg, Novice, I don't know why I thought you were just being a smart ass to the dentist that asked you about the chip. I am so freaking sorry that you went through that. I don't even know what to say.
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    His eyes look totally brown.
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    I wonder how long the poor child will hang on to his hair. I've read somewhere once that it depends on whether the maternal grandfather keeps his hair, so that would me skinny Kate's dad. If that's true, he stands a chance.
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    With the tousled hair look, he reminds me of Britney's boys.
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    He looks like a brown-eyed Wills here.
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    For me,he favors his mother and Middleton granddad.He is a cute little boy.
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    i don't think he's as cute as he was.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    Damn, 6 years old! He's starting to really resemble Will.

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    In the third pic he’s the spitting image of grandpa Middleton.
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