Princess of Orange

Full name
Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria
Born 7 December 2003 (age 16)
The Hague, Netherlands
House Orange-Nassau
Father Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Mother Máxima Zorreguieta
Dutch Royal Family
Royal coat of arms of the Netherlands.svg

HM The King *
HM The Queen *

HRH Princess Beatrix *

HRH Princess Irene

HRH Princess Margriet *
Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven *

  • Mr Bernardo Guillermo
    Mrs Eva Guillermo
  • Mr Nicolás Guillermo
  • Miss Juliana Guillermo
* Member of the Dutch Royal House
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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria; born 7 December 2003), is the first child of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Máxima.

She became heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of the countries of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten, when her father ascended the throne on 30 April 2013.

Early life Edit

Princess Catharina-Amalia was born at 17:01 CET in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague.[1] After her birth was made public, 101 salute shots were fired at four places in the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Den Helder and The Hague in the Netherlands, Willemstad in the Netherlands Antilles, and Oranjestad in Aruba.[2]

Princess Catharina-Amalia has two younger sisters: Princess Alexia (born in 2005) and Princess Ariane (born in 2007).

She lives with her parents and her younger sisters, Alexia and Ariane, at Huis ten Bosch in The Hague as of 2019. Previously the family has lived in Villa Eikenhorst on the Royal estate, De Horsten, in Wassenaar.[3][4]

Christening and names Edit

On 12 June 2004, she was baptised by Reverend Carel ter Linden in the Grote, or St. Jacob's, Church in The Hague.[5][6] Her godparents are her paternal uncle, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Marc ter Haar (a friend of her father's), Herman-Diederik Tjeenk Willink (Vice-president of the Council of State), Samantha van Welderen, Baroness Rengers-Deane (a friend of her mother's), and her maternal uncle, Martín Zorreguieta.[7]

Catharina-Amalia's maternal grandparents, Jorge Zorreguieta and María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart, were prohibited from attending her parents' wedding in 2002 due to Zorreguieta's involvement in the regime of General Jorge Rafael Videla, but were present at her baptism, which was a private rather than a state affair.[8]

She was named:[7]

Education Edit

Starting in December 2007, Catharina-Amalia attended the public primary school Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar.[9] She now attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, which her aunt Princess Laurentien attended.[10][11]

She speaks Dutch, English, and some Spanish.[12]

Royal life Edit

On 19 June 2010, Princess Catharina-Amalia was a junior bridesmaid at the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Her birthdays are traditionally celebrated with a concert at the Kloosterkerk in The Hague, which is attended by ambassadors and members of the royal household and the Council of State of the Netherlands.[13]

On her seventh birthday, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain once owned by her great-grandfather, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, was named after Catharina-Amalia by Peter Hartman. The princess herself was prevented from attending the naming ceremony by school obligations.[14]

During a rare interview on King's Day in 2019, Catharina-Amalia, then 15 years old, said that it was sometimes unreal for her to realise that this really is her life.[15]

Succession to the thronesEdit

Since 30 April 2013, when Queen Beatrix abdicated, she is first in line of succession to the Dutch throne. Catharina-Amalia, as the new heir apparent, assumed the title of Princess of Orange, becoming the first to do so in her own right. Princess Catharina-Amalia will assume a seat in the Advisory Division of the Council of State of the Netherlands upon reaching the age of majority at 18.[16]

Titles and styleEdit

  • 7 December 2003 – 30 April 2013: Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau
  • 30 April 2013 – present: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Orange, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau

Like her sisters, Catharina-Amalia was born a Princess of the Netherlands and a Princess of Orange-Nassau. As heir apparent she is also the Princess of Orange. This title is substantive and used without her name.[17]

External links Edit

References Edit

  1. Dutch celebrate royal baby birth BBC News
  2. A new government and Dutch troops go to Iraq
  3. Queen Maxima opens the doors of her new family home
  4. Dutch royals pose for summer photos Royal Central
  5. Christening of Princess Amalia, Ten Years Later Royal Hats
  6. Christening of Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands, 2004 The Royal Watcher
  7. 7.0 7.1 Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange Unofficial Royalty
  8. Joyful christening of Catharina-Amalia HELLO!
  9. Princess Amalia to attend state school. DutchNews
  10. Amalia gaat naar Sorghvliet-gymnasiumRTL Nieuws
  11. Prinses Amalia naar de middelbare schoolNOS
  12. The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
  13. Princess Amalia celebrates sixth birthday. DutchNews
  14. Princess Amalia turns seven. Dutch News
  15. Prinses Amalia: 'Ik wil geen showversie van mezelf laten zien'. RTL Nieuws
  16. Voorzitterschap Raad van State. Royal House
  17. Titels leden Koninklijke Familie. The Royal House
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