Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked jubilant during a visit to CARE VSLA in Abobo, Abidjan

Dancing Queen! Maxima of The Netherlands puts on a lively display on first day of her visit to Ivory Coast

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked like she was having a great time as she visited CARE Visiting Savings and Loan Associations in Abobo, a suburb of the capital, Abidjan.

The monarch, 50, looked casual, dressed in every shade of blue, as she attended several conversations at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Ivory Coast city. 

The Argentine-born royal is an international financier by training and is visiting Abidjan in the capacity of UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).

For the visit Queen Maxima choose an oversized  blue T-shirt with a high round neckline, tucked into a deep blue patterned maxi skirt. 

The mother-of-three met several members of one VSLA, a group of 25 women living in Abobo, a suburb of the capital, Abidjan. She is seen here dancing with the group of women

The mother-of-three met several members of one VSLA, a group of 25 women living in Abobo, a suburb of the capital, Abidjan. She is seen here dancing with the group of women

Queen Maxima (pictured) of the Netherlands opted a full blue look to visit Abobo, Abidjan in her capacity as the UNSGSA since prior to the pandemic

Queen Maxima (pictured) of the Netherlands opted a full blue look to visit Abobo, Abidjan in her capacity as the UNSGSA since prior to the pandemic

She opted for grey loafers and stayed on theme with blue sunglasses, a blue clutch bag with silver chain, and blue and navy tassel earrings. 

The royal looked energised, with her blonde hair loose and swept back.

She kept her make up neutral, opting for a light bronzer and pale pink lips, with dark eyeliner bringing it all together. 

The trip is the first in-person ‘country visit’ Queen Maxima will take in her capacity as the UNSGSA since before the pandemic. 

The West Africa region represents a priority area of focus for the UNSGSA’s efforts to bolster financial and digital inclusion, along with financial health, and follows on from virtual visits with both Ivory Coast and Senegal in 2021. 

The UNSGSA aims to support a range of inclusive finance priorities in close collaboration with key leaders and stakeholders in each country, as well as meet with local customers who use and benefit from financial services and products.

Both countries have opportunities to be at the forefront of financial inclusion in West Africa, with growth being driven by digital payments.

As a result, both have potential to be leaders in the region.

For the visit Queen Maxima choose an oversized blue T-shirt with a high round neckline, tucked into a deep blue patterned maxi skirt

For the visit Queen Maxima choose an oversized blue T-shirt with a high round neckline, tucked into a deep blue patterned maxi skirt

The West Africa region represents a priority area of focus for the UNSGSA’s efforts to bolster financial and digital inclusion, along with financial health, and follows on virtual visits with both Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal in 2021

The West Africa region represents a priority area of focus for the UNSGSA’s efforts to bolster financial and digital inclusion, along with financial health, and follows on virtual visits with both Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal in 2021

The Argentine-born royal is an international financier by training and is visiting Abidjan in the capacity of UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)

The Argentine-born royal is an international financier by training and is visiting Abidjan in the capacity of UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)

As part of a recent initiative, CARE partnered with the microfinance institution Advans to offer VSLAs and their members a chance to enroll in digital financial services. 

Today in Côte d’Ivoire, Queen Maxima had the opportunity to meet with several members of one VSLA, a group of 25 women living in Abobo, a suburb of the capital, Abidjan.

The mother-of-three was seen dancing and smiling with the group of women she met today. 

She was also pictured in deep discussions with them, learning more about their lives. 

The royal looked energised, with her blonde hair loose and swept back. She was also wearing blue, silver and gold bangles

The royal looked energised, with her blonde hair loose and swept back. She was also wearing blue, silver and gold bangles 

Queen Maxima met with the community to learn more about their lives and the work of CARE VSLA

Queen Maxima met with the community to learn more about their lives and the work of CARE VSLA 

Queen Maxima opted for grey loafers and stayed on theme with blue sunglasses, a blue clutch bag with silver chain, and blue and navy tassel earrings.

Queen Maxima opted for grey loafers and stayed on theme with blue sunglasses, a blue clutch bag with silver chain, and blue and navy tassel earrings.

This comes after she met with the president of the European Central Bank in Amsterdam last week. 

She was joined by her husband King WIllem-Alexander, 55, to meet Dutch central bank president Klaas Knot, and President of the ECB Christine Lagarde and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

It came as the royal’s eldest daughter announced she has enrolled for a degree at Amsterdam university – and will live with normal students in a houseshare. 

Heir to the throne Princess Amalia, 18, has revealed she will be studying for a £3,750 degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at University of Amsterdam from September.

Queen Maxima kept her make up neutral, opting for a light bronzer and pale pink lips, with dark eyeliner bringing it all together.

Queen Maxima kept her make up neutral, opting for a light bronzer and pale pink lips, with dark eyeliner bringing it all together.

The trip is the first in-person 'country visit' Queen Maxima will take in her capacity as the UNSGSA since prior to the pandemic

The trip is the first in-person ‘country visit’ Queen Maxima will take in her capacity as the UNSGSA since prior to the pandemic

During her studies, the Princess will be living in a rented houseshare with her fellow students.

A post on the royal court’s Instagram account stated that her time at university is considered ‘private.’

The statement from the court read: ‘The Princess of Orange will start in September with the bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) at the University of Amsterdam.’

The announcement went on to reveal the Princess applied for the degree and went through the same testing and application process as any other student.

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