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Coat of Arms of the counts of Orange of the first house of Orange. It came to stand for the principality of Orange.[1]
Coat of Arms of the city/town of Orange in the Vaucluse. They were granted to the city by the princes of Orange of the house of des Baux in the last quarter of the XIIth century.[2]

Prince of Orange is a title of nobility originally associated with the Principality of Orange, in what is now southern France. Under the Treaty of Utrecht, which was agreed to in 1713, Frederick William I of Prussia (who kept the title as part of his titular) ceded the Principality of Orange to King Louis XIV of France; Friso's son, William IV, had to share the title of "Prince of Orange", which had accumulated high prestige in the Netherlands as well as in the entire Protestant world, with Frederick William after the Treaty of Partition (1732). The title is traditionally granted to the heir apparent of the Dutch monarch and crown prince/princess of the Netherlands. The title descends via absolute primogeniture since 1983, meaning that its holder can be either Prince or Princess of Orange.

The Dutch royal house, the House of Orange-Nassau, is not the only house to claim the title. Rival claims to the title are made by members of the House of Hohenzollern and the family of Mailly. The current users of the title are Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange suo jure (Orange-Nassau), Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia (Hohenzollern), and Guy, Marquis de Mailly-Nesle (Mailly).

History[edit]

County of Orange[edit]

Four generations Princes of Orange - William I, Maurice and Frederick Henry, William II, William III (Willem van Honthorst, 1662)

The title originally referred to Orange, Vaucluse in the Rhone valley in southern France, which was a property of the House of Orange, then the House of Baux and the House of Châlon-Arlay before passing in 1544 to the House of Orange-Nassau.

The area started as the County of Orange, a fief in the Holy Roman Empire, in its constituent Kingdom of Burgundy. It was awarded to William of Gellone, a grandson of Charles Martel and therefore a cousin of Charlemagne, around the year 800 for his services in the wars against the Moors and reconquering southern France and the Spanish March. His Occitan name is Guilhem. However, as a Frankish lord, he probably knew himself by the old Germanic version of Wilhelm. William was also count of Toulouse, duke of Aquitaine, and marquis of Septimania. The horn that came to symbolize Orange when heraldry came in vogue much later in the 12th century was a pun on his name in French, from the character his deeds inspired in the chanson de geste, the Chanson de Guillaume, "Guillaume au Court Nez" or "Guillaume au Cornet".[3] The chanson appears to be based on William of Gellone's battle at the Orbieu or Orbiel river near Carcassonne in 793 as well as his seizure of the town of Orange.[4]

Principality of Orange[edit]

As the kingdom of Burgundy fragmented in the early Middle Ages, the title was raised by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa elevated to a principality in 1163 to shore up his supporters in Burgundy against the Pope and the King of France. As the Empire's boundaries retreated from those of the principality, the prince acceded to the sovereign rights that the Emperor used to exercise.[3]:7 As William the Silent wrote in his marriage proposal to the uncle of his second wife, the Elector August of Saxony, he held Orange as "my own free property", not as a fief of anyone else, neither the Pope, nor the King of Spain or France.[5][6] However, in the days where one's position honor and reputation were determined by such things, it drove William the Silent forward as much as it also fueled his great grandson's William III's opposition to Louis XIV when that king continually invaded and occupied Orange.

The last descendant of the original princes, René of Nassau, left the principality to his cousin William the Silent, who was not a descendant of the original Orange family but the testamented heir to the principality of Orange, however in violation against the inheritance pattern enacted by the last will of princesse Marie des Baux.

Map of the principality of Orange in the 16th century.

In 1673, Louis XIV of France annexed all territory of the principality to the royal domain, as part of the war actions against the stadtholder William III of Orange — who later became King William III of England and King William II of Scotland. Orange ceased to exist as a separate sovereign principality, or in today's parlance, a separate sovereign nation.

In 1673, Louis XIV bestowed the (now non-sovereign) principality on Louis Charles de Mailly, marquis de Nesle, through the marriage of the marquis to a remote descendant of the Chalons & des Baux. His wife was a direct descendant, and heiress-general in primogeniture, of the original princes of Orange, .[7]

After the marcioness (d 1713), the next holder was Louis of Mailly-Nesle, marquis of Nesle (1689–1764). Mailly descendants, however no longer descended from marquis Louis-Charles, but from another branch, still claim the title today.

In 1714 Louis XIV bestowed the usufruct of the principality on Prince Louis Armand of Bourbon-Conti. He died in 1727 and the principality was merged in the Crown in 1731.[8]

Abolition of the principality, continuation of the title[edit]

Because William III died without legitimate children, the principality was regarded as having been inherited by his closest cognate relative on the basis of the testament of Frederic-Henry, Frederick I of Prussia, who ceded the principality — at least the lands, but not the formal title — to France in 1713.[9] France supported his claim. In this way, the territory of the principality lost its feudal and secular privileges and became a part of France. The Treaty of Utrecht allowed the King of Prussia to erect part of the duchy of Gelderland (the cities of Geldern, Straelen and Wachtendonk with their bailiwicks, Krickenbeck (including Viersen), the land of Kessel, the lordships of Afferden, Arcen-Velden-Lomm, Walbeck-Twisteden, Raay and Klein-Kevelaer, Well, Bergen and Middelaar) into a new Principality of Orange.[10] The kings of Prussia and the German emperors styled themselves Princes of Orange till 1918.

A detailed map of the principality in the first half of the 17th century reproduced from the famous 1627 Atlas of Willem Janszoon Blaeu. The area of the principality was approximately 12 miles long by 9 miles wide, or 108 sq. miles.[11]

An agnatic relative of William III, John William Friso of Nassau, who was also cognatically descended from William the Silent, was designated the heir to the princes of Orange in the Netherlands by the last will of William III. Several of his descendants became stadtholders. They claim the principality of Orange on the basis of agnatic inheritance, similar to that of William the Silent, inheriting from his cousin René. They did however have a claim, albeit distant, to the principality itself due to John William Friso's descent from Louise de Coligny, who was a descendant of the original Princes of Orange. (Louise's great grandmother, Anne Pot, countess of St. Pol was a descendant of Tiburge d'Orange, who married into the des Baux family) [12][13][14][15]

They could also claim descent from the del Balzo family, an Italian branch of the de Baux family, via the marriage of Princess Anne to William IV, Prince of Orange. Anne was the eldest daughter of George II of Great Britain, who was a descendant of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV of England. Elizabeth Woodwille's grandmother was Margherita del Balzo, another descendant of Tiburge d'Orange.[16][17][18]

They also claim on basis of the testament of Philips William, Maurice and William III. Finally, they claim on the basis that Orange was an independent state, where the sovereign had the right to assign his succession according to his will. France never recognized any of this, nor allowed the Oranje-Nassaus or the Hohenzollerns to obtain anything of the principality itself. The Oranje-Nassaus nevertheless assumed the title and also erected several of their lordships as new principality of Orange.[19] [20] [21] From that derivation of the title comes the tradition of the house of Nassau-Dietz/Friesland, the later stadtholders of the Netherlands, and the present-day royal family of the Netherlands, of holding this title. They maintain the tradition of William the Silent and the house of Orange-Nassau.

Thus, there are now two [22] pretender claimants to this title, or claimants, depending on whose claims take precedence:

Bearers of the title[edit]

As Counts of Orange[edit]

House of Orange[edit]

No Name Picture Birth Became Count(ess) of Orange Ceased to be Count(ess) Death Other titles Spouse
1. Pons de Mevouillon Blismodis
2. Pons II de Mevouillon Richilde
3. Laugier de Nice Odile de Provence
3. Rambaud de Nice Accelena d’Apt
4. Bertrand-Rambaud d'Orange 1. Adélaïde de Cavenez
Gerberge
5. Raimbaut II ?
6. Tiburge d'Orange 1. Giraud Adhémar de Monteil
2. Guillaume d'Aumelas
7. Raimbaut of Orange Lord of Aumelas None

As sovereign prince of Orange[edit]

Until 1340, it was customary for all sons of the prince of Orange to inherit the title. Only the direct line of descent to Raimond V is shown here.

House of Baux[edit]

The house of Baux succeeded to the principality of Orange when Bertrand of Baux married the heiress of the last native count of Orange, Tiburge, daughter of William of Orange, Omelaz, and Montpellier. Their son was William I of Baux-Orange. Bertrand was the son of Raymond of Baux and Stephanie of Gevaudan. Stephanie was the younger daughter to the heiress of the counts of Provence.[3] For a genealogical table, see the reference cited:[23]

No Name Picture Birth Created Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
1. Prince Bertrand I Sceau baux-orange.jpg 1110/1115 1173
After the death of his brother-in-law, Raimbaut, Count of Orange, the County of Orange was elevated to a principality in 1163 by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I.
April/October 1180 Lord of Baux Tibors de Sarenom

Bertrand I used as Prince of Orange the coat of arms of the House of Baux: a 16-pointed white star placed on a field of gules. Later on, the Princes of Orange quartered the legendary bugle-horn as a heraldic figure into their coat of arms.

House of Baux-Orange[edit]

No Name Arms Birth Became Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
2. Prince William I Blason Baux-Orange.svg 1155 31 October 1180 bef. 30 July 1218 Co-Prince (with brothers); Lord of Baux 1. Ermengarde of Mévouillon
2. Alix
3. Prince William II Blason Baux-Orange.svg - 31 October 1180 bef. 1 November 1239 Co-Prince (with brothers); Lord of Baux Précieuse
4. Prince Raymond I Blason Baux-Orange.svg - bef. 30 July 1218 1282 Lord of Baux Malberjone of Aix
5. Prince Bertrand II Blason Baux-Orange.svg - 1282 aft. 21 July 1314 Lord of Baux Eleanore of Geneva
6. Prince Raymond II Blason Baux-Orange.svg - aft. 21 July 1314 1340, aft. 9 September Lord of Baux and Condorcet Anne of Viennois
7. Prince Raymond III Blason Baux-Orange.svg - aft. 9 September 1340 10 February 1393 Lord of Baux 1. Constance of Trian
2. Jeanne of Geneva
8. Princess Mary Blason Baux-Orange.svg - 10 February 1393 October 1417 Lady of Arlay, Cuiseaux, and Vitteaux Prince John I

House of Châlon-Arlay (also House of Ivrea of Anscarid dynasty)[edit]

The lords of Chalons and Arlay were a cadet branch of the ruling house of the county of Burgundy, the Anscarids or House of Ivrea. They married the heiress of Baux-Orange.

No Name Picture Arms Birth Became Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
9. Prince John I none Blason famille fr Chalon Orange.svg - 10 February 1393 October 1417 2 September 1418 Lord of Arlay, Cuiseaux and Vitteaux Princess Mary
10. Prince Louis I none Blason famille fr Chalon Orange.svg 1390 October 1417 3 December 1463 Lord of Arlay, Arguel, Orbe, and Echelens 1. Jeanne of Montbéliard
2. Eleanor d'Armagnac
3. Blanche of Gamaches
11. Prince William II none Blason famille fr Chalon Orange.svg - 3 December 1463 27 September 1475 Lord of Arlay and Arguel Catherine of Brittany
12. Prince John II none Blason famille fr Chalon Orange.svg 1443 27 September 1475 15 April 1502 Count of Tonnerre; Lord of Arlay, Arguel and Montfaucon; Admiral of Guyenne 1. Jeanne de Bourbon
2. Philiberte of Luxembourg
13. Prince Philibert Philibert de Chalon.jpg 18 March 1502 15 April 1502 3 August 1530 Viceroy of Naples; Prince of Melfi; Duke of Gravina; Count of Tonnerre, Charny, Penthièvre; Viscount of Besançon; Lord of Arlay, Nozeroy, Rougemont[disambiguation needed], Orgelet and Montfaucon, Lieutenant-General in the Imperial army. no wife

House of Châlon-Orange[edit]

Rene inherited the principality of Orange from his uncle Philbert on the condition that he bear the name and arms of the house of Châlon-Orange. Therefore, he is usually counted as one of the Châlon-Orange and history knows him as Rene of Châlon, rather than "of Nassau".[3]

No Name Picture Arms Birth Became Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
14. Prince René Rene van Chalon.jpg Blason René de Nassau-Dillenbourg, Prince de Châlon-Orange.svg 5 February 1519 3 August 1530 15 July 1544 Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht and Guelders; Count of Nassau, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Breda, Diest, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Anna of Lorraine

House of Orange-Nassau (first creation)[edit]

William of Nassau inherited the principality of Orange from his cousin Rene when Rene willed it to him, along with his other lordships. Although William had no blood from the previous princes, this was deemed to be "legal" as Orange was a sovereign principality (in modern parlance, independent state), and the sovereign prince (Rene) had the right to leave his sovereignty to whomever he pleased. This began the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau.

No Name Picture Arms Birth Became Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
15. Prince William I WilliamOfOrange1580.jpg Willem van Oranje wapen.svg.:[1][24][25] 24 April 1533 15 July 1544 10 July 1584 Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht and Friesland; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Breda, Lands of Cuijk, City of Grave, Diest, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Willemstad, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. 1. Anna van Egmont
2. Anna of Saxony
3. Charlotte de Bourbon
4. Louise de Coligny
16. Prince Philip William Workshop of Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt 003.jpg Blason Nassau-Orange.svg[26] 19 December 1554 10 July 1584 20 February 1618 Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Eindhoven, City of Grave, IJsselstein, Diest, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Willemstad, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Éléonore de Bourbon
17. Prince Maurice Workshop of Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt 004.jpg Arms Maurice of Nassau prince of Orange.JPG[27][28][29] 14 November 1567 20 February 1618 23 April 1625 Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, Overijssel and Groningen; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Bentheim-Lingen, Moers, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Willemstad, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. no wife
18. Prince Frederick Henry After Gerard van Honthorst 002.jpg Willem van Oranje wapen.svg[1] 29 January 1584 23 April 1625 14 March 1647 Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Bentheim-Lingen, Moers, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Willemstad, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Amalia of Solms-Braunfels
19. Prince William II After Gerard van Honthorst 003.jpg Willem van Oranje wapen.svg[1] 27 May 1626 14 March 1647 6 November 1650 Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Bentheim-Lingen, Moers, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Mary, Princess Royal
20. William III King William III.jpg Willem van Oranje wapen.svg[1] 14 November 1650 14 November 1650 8 March 1702 King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Bentheim-Lingen, Moers, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Baarn, Bredevoort, Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, 't Loo, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Ter Eem, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Queen Mary II of England

As a personal title or as heir apparent[edit]

House of Orange-Nassau (second creation)[edit]

As personal title of nobility[edit]
No Name Picture Arms Heir of Birth Became Prince of Orange Ceased to be Prince of Orange Death Other titles while Prince of Orange Princess
of
Orange
21. Prince John William Friso JohanWillemFriso.jpg Arms of Johan Willem Friso as Prince of Orange.JPG[30] William III 4 August 1687 8 March 1702 14 July 1711 Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen; Fürst of Nassau-DietzFürst of Orange-Nassau; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Buren, Leerdam, Katzenelnbogen, Spiegelberg, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Hereditary Lord of Ameland; Lord of Baarn, Bredevoort, Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Liesveld, 't Loo, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Ter Eem, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Landgravine Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel
22. Prince William IV Guillaume IV d'Orange-Nassau.jpg Blason Nassau-Orange.svg Prince John William Friso 1 September 1711 22 October 1751 General Stadtholder of the United Provinces; Fürst of Orange-Nassau; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Buren, Culemborg, Leerdam, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Hereditary Lord of Ameland; Lord of Baarn, Bredevoort, Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Liesveld, 't Loo, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Ter Eem, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Anne, Princess Royal
23. Prince William V WillemV.png Blason Nassau-Orange.svg Prince William IV 8 March 1748 22 October 1751 9 April 1806 General Stadtholder of the United Provinces; Fürst of Orange-Nassau; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Buren, Culemborg, Leerdam, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Hereditary Lord of Ameland; Lord of Baarn, Bredevoort, Borculo, Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Lichtenvoorde, Liesveld, 't Loo, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Ter Eem, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia
24. Prince William VI
later William I
Willemi.jpg Arms of Sovereign Prince William I of Orange.svg Prince William V 24 August 1772 9 April 1806 16 March 1815
title dropped when invested as first King of the Netherlands
7 October 1840 Fürst of Orange-Nassau; Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen; Count of Buren, Culemborg, Leerdam, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Aggeris, Breda, Cranendonck, Lands of Cuijk, Daesburg, Eindhoven, City of Grave, Lek, IJsselstein, Diest, Grimbergen, Herstal, Warneton, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Hereditary Lord of Ameland; Lord of Baarn, Bredevoort, Borculo, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Lichtenvoorde, Liesveld, 't Loo, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Ter Eem, Turnhout, Willemstad, Zevenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon. Wilhelmine of Prussia
As royal title for the heir apparent[edit]
No Name Picture Arms Heir of Birth Became Heir to the Crown Created Prince(ess) of Orange Ceased to be Prince(ess) of Orange Death Other titles while Prince(ess) of Orange Spouse
25. Prince William
later William II
YoungwilliamII.jpg Arms of the Prince of Orange (1815-1884).svg[31][32] William I 6 December 1792 16 March 1815
father's accession as King
7 October 1840
became King
17 March 1849 Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia
26. Prince William
later William III
William III.jpg Arms of the Prince of Orange (1815-1884).svg[31][32] William II 19 February 1817 7 October 1840
father's accession as King
17 March 1849
became King
23 November 1890 Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau Princess Sophie of Württemberg
27. Prince William Dutch Crown Prince Willem.jpg Arms of the Prince of Orange (1815-1884).svg[31][32] William III 4 September 1840 17 March 1849
father's accession as King
11 June 1879 Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau none
28. Prince Alexander Alexander der Nederlanden 1851 - 1884.jpg Arms of the Prince of Orange (1815-1884).svg[31][32] 25 August 1851 11 June 1879
brother's death
21 June 1884 Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau none
29. Prince Willem-Alexander later Willem-Alexander
[33]
Guilherme Alexandre, príncipe de Orange.jpg Arms of the children of Beatrix of the Netherlands.svg Beatrix 27 April 1967 30 April 1980
mother's accession as Queen regnant
30 April 2013
became King
Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
30. Princess Catharina-Amalia
[34]
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange.jpg Arms of the children of Wilhelm-Alexander of the Netherlands.svg Willem-Alexander 7 December 2003 30 April 2013
father's accession as King
Incumbent Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau

House of Hohenzollern[edit]

  • Frederick I of Prussia (1702–1713), a senior descendant in female line from William the Silent, who ceded his claims to the lands of Orange to France in 1713, and his descendants, but kept his right to use the title in its German form: currently Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, "Prinz von Oranien" (1976-)

House of Mailly[edit]

  • Louis de Mailly, Marquis de Nesle et de Mailly, appointed by the French king, and his descendants, descended through another line of the house of Chalons-Arlay, currently Guy, Marquis de Nesle et de Mailly, Prince d'Orange.

House of Bourbon[edit]

The Princes of Orange of the House of Orange-Nassau[edit]

Historical background[edit]

William the Silent (Willem I) was the first stadtholder of the Dutch Republic and the most significant representative of the House of Orange in the Netherlands. He was count of a small German county, part of the Duchy of Nassau and heir to some of his father's fiefs in Holland. William obtained more extensive lands in the Netherlands (the lordship of Breda and several other dependencies) as an inheritance from his cousin René, Prince of Orange, when William was only 11 years old. After William's assassination in 1584, the title passed to his son Philip William (who had been held hostage in Spain until 1596), and after his death in 1618, to his second son Maurice, and finally to his youngest son, Frederick Henry.

The title of Prince of Orange became synonymous with the stadtholder of the Netherlands.

William III (Willem III) was also King of England, Scotland and Ireland, and his legacy is commemorated annually by the Protestant Orange Order.

William and Mary had no legitimate children. After his death in 1702, the Dutch contender to his title was his heir in the Netherlands, John William Friso of Nassau-Diez, who assumed the title. William's testament designated Friso to inherit the title. The other contender was the King in Prussia, who based his claim to the title on the will of Frederick Henry, William III's grandfather. Eventually, a compromise was reached by which both families were entitled to bear the title of Prince of Orange. By then, it was no more than a title because the principality had been annexed by Louis XIV of France.

Friso's line held it as their principal title during the 18th century. The French army drove them away from the Netherlands in 1795, but on their return, the Prince of Orange became the first sovereign of the Netherlands in 1813.

After the establishment of the current Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815, the title was partly reconstitutionalized in a bill and granted to the eldest son of King William I of the Netherlands, Prince William, who later became William II of the Netherlands. Since 1983, the heir to the Dutch throne, whether male or female[35] bears the title Prince or Princess of Orange. The first-born child of the heir to the Dutch throne bears the title Hereditary Prince(ss) of Orange.[36] When her father Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands following the abdication of Queen Beatrix, Princess Catharina-Amalia became the Princess of Orange.

Style[edit]

The Prince(ss) of Orange is styled His/Her Royal Highness the Prince(ss) of Orange (Dutch: Zijne/Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid de Prins(es) van Oranje).

During the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries, The Prince(ss) of Orange was styled His/Her Highness the Prince(ss) of Orange (Dutch: Zijne/Hare Hoogheid de Prins(es) van Oranje), except for William III, who rated the "Royal/Koninklijke" as his mother was the Princess Royal of England.

Arms[edit]

The princes of Orange in the 16th and 17th century used the following sets of arms. On becoming prince of Orange, William placed the Châlon-Arlay arms in the center ("as an inescutcheon") of his father's arms. He used these arms until 1582 when he purchased the marquisate of Veere and Vlissingen. He then used the arms attributed to Frederick Henry, etc. with the arms of the marquisate in the top center, and the arms of the county of Buren in the bottom center.[24] Their growing complexity shows how arms are used to reflect the growing political position and royal aspirations of the house of Orange-Nassau.

The Counts of Orange of the First House of Orange[edit]

The first house of Orange is somewhat of a conjecture given the fragmentary nature of documentation in the early medieval era. The French Wikipedia page for the first House of Orange has presented what is known with references. Their chart is reproduced here.

Descendants of Pons de Mevouillon (the arms of the counts d'Orange is a reference point. Arms did not exist until the late 12th century. :

Pons de Mevouillon Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
 x Blismodis
 |
 | --> Humbert évêque de Vaison, jusqu’en 1005 BishopCoA PioM.svg
 |
 | --> Garnier, évêque d’Avignon (976-991) BishopCoA PioM.svg
 |
 | --> Ison
 |
 | --> Pons II de Mevouillon (ca 920-986) Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
       x Richilde, originaire de l’Uzège
       |
       | --> Féraud de Nice  évêque de Gap BishopCoA PioM.svg
       |
       | --> Pierre de Mirabel  évêque de Vaison BishopCoA PioM.svg
       |
       | --> Pons III de Mevouillon
       |      |    ... --> Descendance Mevouillon... 
       |
       | --> Arnoul de Theys
       |      |    ... --> Descendance Theys... 
       |
       | --> Gérard
       |
       | --> Rambaud
       |
       | --> Raoul
       |
       | --> Laugier de Nice (ca 1050-1032) Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
             x  Odile de Provence (976-1032), fille de fr:Guillaume Ier de Provence:Guillaume Ier de Provence
             |
             | --> Rostan de Gréolières
             |      |    ... --> Descendance Gréolières... 
             |
             | --> Pierre de Nice, évêque de Sisteron (1043–1059) BishopCoA PioM.svg
             |
             | --> Jauccara de Nice
             |      x  Amic de Vence-Avignon
             |
             | --> Gerberge de Nice
             |       x  fr:Bérenger d’Avignon:Bérenger d’Avignon.
             |
             | --> Rambaud de Nice (1006–1073) Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
                    x 1032 Accelena d’Apt
                    |
                    | --> Laugier d’Apt
                          x Amancia de Lacoste-Castellane
                    |
                    | --> Odila de Nice
                         x Boniface de Reillanne
                    |
                    | --> Gisla de Nice
                          x Rostang d'Agoult Blason ville fr Sault (Vaucluse).svg
                          |
                          | -->  Laugier d'Agout, évêque d'Apt, croisé BishopCoA PioM.svg
                    |
                    | --> Pierre II de Nice évêque de Sisteron, puis  évêque de Vaison BishopCoA PioM.svg
                    |
                    | --> Rostan de Fréjus
                          x Accelena de Marignane
                    |
                    | --> Rambaud de Nice, seigneur de Gréolières (+ jeune)
                    |
                    x  Bélieldis de Marseille
                    |
                    | --> Amic
                    |
                    | --> Guillaume
                    |
                    x avant 1045 Azalaïs de Reillanne, veuve de Guilhem d'Agoult Blason reillanne.jpg
                    |
                    | --> Bertrand-Rambaud d’Orange Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
                          x 1068 Adélaïde de Cavenez, veuve de Guillaume V Bertrand de Provence Insigne des Bosonides
                          |
                          | --> Léger ou Laugerus, évêque d’Avignon(1124 ou 1126-1142) BishopCoA PioM.svg
                          |
                          | --> Jausserand Laugier, seigneur de Gréolières
                          |
                          x 1064 Gerberge, fille de Foulques Bertrand de Provence Insigne des Bosonides
                          |
                          | --> Pierre
                          |
                          | --> Rambaud II d'Orange, the crusader or English WikiRambaud II d'Orange.jpg
                                |
                                | --> Thiburge d'Orange Blason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
                                     x 1104 Giraud Adhémar de Monteil Armoiries de Triconville 3.svg
                                     |
                                     x 1129 Guillaume d'Aumelas Seigneurs de Montpellier.svg
                                     |
                                     | --> Raimbaut d'Orange, the famous troubadour. or English WikiRambautz d'Aurenga.jpg
                                     |
                                     | --> Thiburge II d'OrangeBlason Raymond IV des Baux.svg
                                     |   x 1171 Bertrand des Baux Blason Baux de Provence.svg
                                         |
                                         | --> Hughes IV
                                         |
                                         | --> Bertrand II
                                         |
                                         | --> Thiburge
                                         |
                                         | --> Guillaume des Baux or English Wiki 
                                              x Ermengarde de Mévouillon
                                              |
                                              | --> Guillaume II des Baux or English Wiki

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rietstap, Johannes Baptist (1861). Armorial général, contenant la description des armoiries des familles nobles et patriciennes de l'Europe: précédé d'un dictionnaire des termes du blason. G.B. van Goor. p. 746. 
  2. ^ "Histoire de la ville d'Orange". Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Grew, Marion Ethel (1947). The House of Orange. 36 Essex Street, Strand, London W.C.2: Methuen & Co. Ltd. 
  4. ^ Geneviève Hasenohr and Michel Zink, ed. (1992). Dictionnaire des lettres françaises: Le Moyen Age. Collection La Pochothèque. Paris: Fayard. ISBN 2-253-05662-6. 
  5. ^ Rowen, Herbert H. (1988). The princes of Orange: the stadholders in the Dutch Republic. Cambridge University Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-8063-4811-9. 
  6. ^ van Prinsterer, et al., F.Groen (1835–1915). Archives ou correspondance inedite de la Maison d'Orange-Nassau. 1 1. Leiden and Utrecht. p. 232. 
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  11. ^ George Ripley; Charles A. Dana (1873). "Principality of Orange". The New American Cyclopædia. 16 volumes complete. D. Appleton and Company. 
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  32. ^ a b c d Junius, J.H. (1894). Heraldiek. Netherlands: Frederik Muller. p. 151. "In Nederland voert de PRINS VAN ORANJE het koninklijk wapen gekwartileerd met dat van ORANJE-CHALONS." 
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  34. ^ Website Dutch Royal House on Catharina-Amalia
  35. ^ "De Prins van Oranje". Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). 23 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. "Sinds de inhuldiging van de Koningin op 30 april 1980 heeft Prins Willem-Alexander de titel Prins van Oranje. Deze titel is voorbehouden aan de troonopvolger van de Koning(in)." In english: "Since the inauguration of the Queen on 30 April 1980, Prince Willem-Alexander the title of Prince of Orange. This title is reserved to the heir to the throne of the King (Queen)." 
  36. ^ "Prinses Catharina-Amalia". Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). 23 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. "Prinses Catharina-Amalia is de tweede in de lijn van troonopvolging. Als haar vader Koning wordt, krijgt zij als vermoedelijke troonopvolger de titel 'Prinses van Oranje'." In English: "Princess Catharina-Amalia is the second in line of succession to the throne. When her father is King, she gets as heir apparent the title 'Princess of Orange'." 
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Literature[edit]

  • Herbert H. Rowen, The princes of Orange: the stadholders in the Dutch Republic. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
  • John Lothrop Motley, "History of the United Netherlands from the Death of William the Silent to the Synod of Dort". London: John Murray, 1860.
  • John Lothrop Motley, "The Life and Death of John of Barenvelt". New York & London: Harper and Brothers Publishing, 1900.
  • Petrus Johannes Blok, "History of the people of the Netherlands". New York: G. P. Putnam's sons, 1898.
  • Reina van Ditzhuyzen, Het Huis van Oranje: prinsen, stadhouders, koningen en koninginnen. Haarlem : De Haan, [1979].

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