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The couple arrive at the wedding of Prince Constantijn on Saturday  


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is to wed Argentine fiancée Maxima Zorreguieta on February 2 next year.

The announcement comes amid public criticism of their relationship due to Zorreguieta's ties with Argentina's former military junta.

Both the civil and church ceremonies will be held in Amsterdam, where Queen Beatrix also married in 1966 despite protests over her choice of a German groom.

The relationship between Willem-Alexander and Zorreguieta has sparked controversy due to her father's involvement in the 1976-83 Argentine military dictatorship.

Jorge Zorreguieta was a state secretary and later agriculture minister in the 1976-83 Cabinet, when more than 30,000 people were estimated to have been killed or disappeared.

But the Dutch have warmed to Maxima since the engagement was officially announced in March, Reuters said.

Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok said Jorge Zorreguieta's activities were "limited" during what he called "a dark period" in Argentina's history.

Last week Maxima was granted Dutch nationality -- a prerequisite for her entry into the royal house -- though she also maintains her Argentine identity.

Willem-Alexander's younger brother Constantijn married last week, becoming the first of Queen Beatrix's sons to tie the knot.

He married the Dutch Agriculture Minister's daughter Laurentien Brinkhorst in a lavish church ceremony on Saturday.







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