Dutch royal couple divided over World Cup

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While international soccer in many ways unites the world, it can also be very divisive. National and club loyalties can create temporary (or sometimes lasting) rifts between friends, family, and apparently even members of royalty. Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands looks to be no exception, particularly for the Dutch royal family.

The potential for disharmony in the House of Orange looms large between Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, who was born in, wait for it . . . Argentina.

So far, Maxima, who was raised in Buenos Aires but is a naturalized Dutchwoman, has been publicly very supportive of the Netherlands World Cup team. Earlier in the tournament she flew to Porto Alegre with her husband to watch the Oranje’s group stage clash with Australia. After the hard fought Dutch victory, the King and Queen visited the team in the changing rooms to offer congratulations to the players and coach Louis van Gaal.
Alex Baker

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cheer as they watch their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Australia at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP ROYALS)
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cheer as they watch their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Australia at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cheer as they watch their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Australia at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP ROYALS)
King Willem Alexander (L) and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (2nd L) and their daughters Amalia, Ariane and Alexia (R to L) and Princess Beatrix (2nd R) and Princess Margriet (R) pose for photographers on the first King's Day in Amstelveen April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)
King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and their daughters Amalia, Ariane and Alexia and Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet pose for photographers on the first King's Day in Amstelveen
King Willem Alexander (L) and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (2nd L) and their daughters Amalia, Ariane and Alexia (R to L) and Princess Beatrix (2nd R) and Princess Margriet (R) pose for photographers on the first King's Day in Amstelveen April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands plays tennis during the first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands plays tennis during the first King's Day in De Rijp
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands plays tennis during the first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
DE RIJP, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 26: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands celebrate King's Day on April 26, 2014 in De Rijp, Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
The Netherlands Celebrate Kingsday In De Rijp
DE RIJP, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 26: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands celebrate King's Day on April 26, 2014 in De Rijp, Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS)
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, second left and Queen Silvia, second right, Dutch King Willem Alexander, center, Queen Maxima, left, and Princess Beatrix, right, pose for photographers at the royal palace Friday, April 4, 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a two-day visit to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool)
DE RIJP, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 26: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands celebrate King's Day on April 26, 2014 in De Rijp, Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
The Netherlands Celebrate Kingsday In De Rijp
DE RIJP, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 26: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands celebrate King's Day on April 26, 2014 in De Rijp, Netherlands. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS)
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima wave during their first King's Day in De Rijp April 26, 2014. The Dutch are celebrating their first ever "King's Day", a national holiday held in honour of the Netherlands' newly installed monarch, King Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Frank van Beek/Pool (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima plays hockey during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Frank van Beek, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)
Queen Maxima, right, plays tennis during festivities marking King's Day in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Dutch celebrate the first ever King's Day, a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaces the traditional Queen's Day. (AP Photo/Freek van den Bergh, Pool)

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