Work and official duties since 2002
Read on for information about Queen Máxima’s work and the official duties she has performed since 2002.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are patrons of the Orange Fund, which was a gift from the Dutch people on the occasion of their wedding in 2002. The Fund, which works for social welfare and cohesion in the Netherlands, is driven largely by volunteers. By undertaking numerous working visits, and taking part in activities such as the volunteer initiative NLdoet, the couple are able to broaden and deepen their engagement with society and fulfil their role of unifying and encouraging the people. Each May, the Appeltjes van Oranje awards are presented to institutions that set an example in the field of welfare and cohesion. This task is usually performed by Queen Máxima or, once every five years, by King Willem-Alexander.
Council of State
Queen Máxima has been a member of the Council of State since 2004. The Council of State provides the government and Parliament with independent advice on legislation and governance and is also the country’s highest administrative court.
Prince Claus Chair
Queen Máxima is patron of the Prince Claus Chair, which was endowed to promote education and research relating to international development issues. From 2003 to 2014 Queen Máxima headed the Board of Trustees.
Money Wise Platform
Queen Máxima has been honorary chair of the Money Wise Platform since 2010. In this capacity, she focuses attention on the importance of financial education and managing money sensibly, especially where children and young people are concerned. The Queen acts as special advisor to the Platform and consults with interested parties on ways of increasing people’s financial awareness and resilience.
Committee for Enterprise and Finance
Queen Máxima is a member of the Committee for Enterprise and Finance, which succeeded the Microfinance Council in 2011. The Queen is committed to extending the reach of various financing opportunities, both through coaching and by providing credit for new and existing small businesses in the Netherlands. She also works to increase the number of women entrepreneurs and the scope they have to expand their businesses. The Queen was a member of the Microfinance Council from 2007 to 2011.
Ambassadors for Music at School Platform
Since 10 June 2015 Queen Máxima has been the honorary chair of the Ambassadors for Music at School Platform. Over the next five years the platform will be working to achieve its goal of music lessons for all children in primary school. Music is about more than just having fun. Making music together teaches children to listen to each other and work together. Queen Máxima has for some years been committed to giving as many children as possible the opportunity to create music.