A May birthday for Maxima
May is filled with royal birthdays and while not all of them may get the attention that Princess Charlotte's first anniversary has got, they're all big days in their own ways. Here are ten royals who blow out candles in the month of May, starting with the only queen consort on the list...
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is 45 on May 17th 2016
Maxima Zorreguieta was born on May 17th 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of Jorge Zorreguieta and his wife, Maria del Carmen Cerruti. She grew up in Argentina and studied in America before working in the US and Belgium. She married Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on February 2nd 2002 in Amsterdam and the couple has three daughters. On April 30th 2013 she became the first queen consort of the Netherlands in over 100 years on the accession of her husband.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is 48 on May 26th 2016
Prince Frederik Andre Henrik Christian was born in Copenhagen on May 26th 1968, the first child of the then Princess Margrethe and her husband, Prince Henrik. He became Crown Prince of Denmark in January 1972 when his mother took the Danish throne on the death of her own father, Frederik IX. Crown Prince Frederik married Mary Elizabeth Donaldson in May 2004 and they have four children. He is first in line to the throne of Denmark.
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands is 50 on May 25th 2016
Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst was born on May 25th 1966 in Leiden in the Netherlands. She is the daughter of Dutch politician, Laurens Brinkhorst, and his wife, Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa. She was educated in the Netherlands, London and the United States. She married Prince Constantijn, youngest son of Queen Beatrix, on May 19th 2001 in The Hague. They have three children and Constantijn is now fourth in line to the throne of the Netherlands.
Pavlos of Greece is 49 on May 20th 2016
Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece was born on May 20th 1967 in Athens, the second child and first son of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. He spent his first years in Greece until his family went into exile in Rome. He was educated in London and the United States. In July 1995 he married Marie-Chantal Miller and the couple has one daughter and four sons.
Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips was born on May 15th 1981 in London, the second child and first daughter of Princess Anne, later Princess Royal, and her first husband, Mark Phillips. She is the eldest granddaughter of Elizabeth II. She was educated at Gordonstoun and Exeter University. Zara Phillips was a World and European Eventing Champion and won a silver medal at the London Olympics which was presented to her by her mother. She married Mike Tindall in Edinburgh on July 30th 2011 and the couple has a daughter, Mia Grace Tindall, born in January 2014. Zara Tindall is sixteenth in line to the throne.