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Princess Ariane
Princess of the Netherlands

Full name
Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés
Born 10 April 2007 (age 13)
The Hague, Netherlands
House Orange-Nassau
Father Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Mother Máxima Zorreguita
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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Princess Ariane of the Netherlands (Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés; born 10 April 2007) is the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Princess Ariane is member of the Dutch Royal House and currently third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.


Princess Ariane was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague at 21:56 local time on 10 April 2007 as the third child and third daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima.[1] Princess Ariane weighed 4.135 kilograms (9.12 pounds) and was 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) long at birth. Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterwards and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well.[2] The next morning, the then Prince Willem-Alexander appeared on television with his new daughter.[3]

Princess Ariane has two elder sisters, the Princess Catharina-Amalia (born 2003) and Princess Alexia (born 2005).


The names of the princess were announced on 13 April, when the birth was registered in The Hague.[4]

The official origins of her given name:

  • Ariane is because her parents liked it and because it follows their tradition with names starting with A, as said by Willem-Alexander, "to conclude the triple A rating".[5]
  • Wilhelmina is after her great-great-grandmother, the former Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Máxima is after her mother's great-grandmother who she (Queen Máxima) also was named after.
  • Inés is after her aunt and godmother, Inés Zorreguieta.


On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University medical center with a suspected lung infection.[6] She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 to be treated for her bacterial and viral infection.[7] On 13 June 2007, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima released a thank you note "not only for the congratulations upon Ariane's birth but also for the best wishes they received upon her hospitalization" and released a third official picture with their newborn daughter. The couple reportedly received over 30,000 letters of well-wishers. On 8 October 2009, Princess Ariane was again admitted to a hospital, in which she had to stay for one night, due to a respiratory infection.[8]


Princess Ariane was baptized in the Abbey Church in The Hague on 20 October 2007. Vicar Deodaat van der Boon used water from the Jordan River to baptize the princess, who was wearing the christening gown that Princess Wilhelmina first wore in 1880.[9] Over 850 guests were invited to attend, including Princess Máxima's parents and Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

The godparents of Princess Ariane are Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury, and Anton Friling.[10]


In April 2011, she started attending public school Bloemcamp in Wassenaar. The same school was also attended by her sisters.[11]

In September 2019, Princess Ariane started attending Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague.[12] The same school is attended by her older sisters.

Princess Ariane speaks Dutch, English and some Spanish.[13]

Titles, styles, honors and arms

Titles and styles

  • 10 April 2007 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

By Royal Decree of 25 January 2002, nr. 41 is determined that all children of Prince Willem-Alexander will bear the title of Prince (Princess) of the Netherlands and Prince (Princess) of Orange-Nassau.

Her full name is styled and with title: Her Royal Highness Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Dutch: Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau).


  1. Trotse kroonprins toont 'voorbeeldbaby'. Geen titel
  2. Felicitatietoespraak minister-president. Government Information Service
  3. It's a girl - Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines. The Royal Forums
  4. Namen dochter Prins van Oranje en Prinses Máxima. Government Information Service
  5. Princess Ariane of the Netherlands turns seven: ten facts about the royal. HELLO Magazine
  6. Princess Ariane admitted to hospital. Dutch News
  7. Royal News, May 2007
  8. Prinses Ariane 8 oktober 2009 opgenomen in ziekenhuis met benauwdheidsverschijnselen. Het Koninklijk Huis
  9. Prinses Ariane gedoopt. NRC
  10. Royal News: October 2007
  11. Prinses Ariane naar de basisschool. Het Parool
  12. Prinses Ariane naar het Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in Den Haag. Het Koninklijk Huis
  13. The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Holland

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