Valentine’s Day is fast coming up, and for us royal-watchers, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the loving relationships of our favorite couples the world over. Every weekend until the day of hearts, I will feature a pair of royal sweethearts being close, sweet and loving through the years. This weekend, we celebrate the relationship of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.


Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Image: Pacific Coast News.

More lovely photos after the jump (click for larger):

Below, from left to right: exchanging looks of joy at the Archery Federation as guests of Nepal’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (October 29, 2007), and as they tried on traditional Maori costumes in New Zealand (October 31, 2006). Images: Bauer-Griffin.

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Below, from left to right: holding hands at the premier of “Zwartboek” at the Pathe Theatre at the Hague (September 12, 2006), and with their daughters Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia at Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar (July 17, 2005). Images: Bauer-Griffin.

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And, of course, the sweetest day, the wedding of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima on February 2, 2002. Image: Newscom.