Birthdays of members of the royal family are usually seen as private.
Due to the corona measures in force at the time, a big party was canceled last year. Máxima did give an interview to Matthijs van Nieuwkerk on the occasion of her 50th birthday. In the interview, which was shown on NPO 1, the Queen spoke with Van Nieuwkerk about her life, her work and love.
The talk was seen by 3 million people. Watch one of the fragments here:
The Queen was also put in the spotlight in the weeks leading up to her birthday last year. There was a birthday concert in the Royal Theater Carré and she traveled through the country as honorary chairperson of the Meer Muziek in de Klas foundation, visiting various projects about music education.