It’s hard to believe that Queen Maxima is celebrating her 43rd birthday today. Like a fine wine, she appears to just get better with age. It seems like only yesterday that the king, then still Crown Prince Willem Alexander or Alex to his friends, introduced the out-going Argentinian to the Dutch people. Since then, she has really carved a niche for herself in this flat little country of ours. Blessed with undeniable intelligence and good looks, and with charm in spades, she conquered the hearts of all and sundry and has become quite the ambassador for Holland. Not to mention, an absolute style icon. Her wardrobe is to die for, and I can only fantasize about taking a peek inside. Her favorite designers are Valentino, Oscar de La Renta and Belgian design house Natan, led by Edouard Vermeulen. Her predilection for fabulous accessories is unparalleled and her color-sense bold and spot-on. Maxima, we can’t help it, we love you!