Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
|Princess of Orange|
The Princess of Orange on 30 April 2013
|House||House of Orange-Nassau|
|Father||Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands|
7 December 2003 |
The Hague, Netherlands
|Religion||Protestant Church in the Netherlands|
|Dutch Royal Family|
HRH Princess Beatrix *
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (pronounced [kaːtaːˈrinaː aːˈmaːlijaː]; Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria; born 7 December 2003), is the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of the countries Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten.
Princess Catharina-Amalia was born in The Hague and is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, and the second eldest grandchild of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. She became heir apparent when her father ascended the throne on 30 April 2013.
Birth and baptism
Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria was born at 17:01 CET on 7 December 2003 in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Because Amalia was born on Sunday no official celebration was held. She is the first child of (then) Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima, and the second grandchild of (then) Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. 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.
On 12 June 2004, Princess Catharina-Amalia was baptised by Reverend Carel ter Linden in the Great Church in The Hague. Her godparents are her uncle Prince Constantijn, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, (then) vice-president of the Council of State of the Netherlands Herman Tjeenk Willink, friend of her mother Samantha Deane, her uncle Martín Zorreguieta, and friend of her father Marc ter Haar.
Princess 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.
Education and royal role
Princess Catharina-Amalia has two younger sisters: Princess Alexia (born in 2005) and Princess Ariane (born in 2007). She lives with her parents and sisters in Villa Eikenhorst on the estate De Horsten in Wassenaar. The family will move to Huis ten Bosch in The Hague in the future.
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. 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.
Princess Catharina-Amalia was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling; which took place in 2010 at Stockholm Cathedral in Sweden.
Queen Beatrix abdicated on 30 April 2013, and Princess Catharina-Amalia, as the heir apparent to her father, assumed the title of Princess of Orange, becoming the first to do so in her own right (Suo jure) since Mary of Baux-Orange in 1417. 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.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
- 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
|Ancestors of Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange|
- Newly-born Princess Catharina-Amalia second in line for Dutch throne
- A new government and Dutch troops go to Iraq, Museum of National History. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
- Princess Catharina-Amalia, Dutch Royal House, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
- Joyful christening of Catharina-Amalia
- "Huis ten Bosch Palace". Royal House. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Princess Amalia to attend state school" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Princess Amalia celebrates sixth birthday" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Princess Amalia turns seven" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Ten young bridesmaids and page boys at the wedding at Stockholm Cathedral". Swedish Royal Court. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Voorzitterschap Raad van State" (in Dutch). Royal House. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "The Princess of Orange". Website of the Royal House. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- (Dutch) Wapens van leden van het Koninklijk Huis, Dutch Royal House. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.
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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of OrangeBorn: 7 December 2003
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descended from Anne, daughter of George II
|Princess of Orange
30 April 2013 – present