Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

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Princess Ariane
Princess Ariane in 2014
Born (2007-04-10) 10 April 2007 (age 9)
Bronovo Hospital, The Hague, Netherlands
Full name
Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés
House Orange-Nassau
Father Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Mother Máxima Zorreguieta

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés; born 10 April 2007) is the third and youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Princess Ariane is member of the Dutch Royal House and currently third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.[1]


Princess Ariane was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague at 21:56 local time[2] on 10 April 2007 as the third child and third daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Princess Ariane weighed 4.135 kilograms (9.12 pounds) and was 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) long at birth.[3] Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterwards and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well.[4] The next morning, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands appeared on television with his new daughter.[5] The names of the baby were announced on 13 April, when the birth was registered in The Hague.[6]

Names and titles[edit]

Her given names are Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés. The names were announced by her father on 13 April 2007.[6] The origin of the name Ariane is speculated about. It can either come from the Latin name Hadrian or from the Greek name Ariadne.[7] Like her sisters Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia her first name starts with an A, according to King Willem-Alexander "to conclude the triple A rating".[8]

By Royal Decree of 25 January 2002, nr. 41 is determined that all children of King Willem-Alexander will bear the title of Prince (Princess) of the Netherlands and Prince (Princess) of Orange-Nassau.[9]

Princess Ariane has two elder sisters, the princesses Catharina-Amalia and Alexia. She speaks Dutch, English and some Spanish.[10]


On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University medical centre with a suspected lung infection.[11] She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 after treatment for her bacterial and viral infection.[12] 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 hospitalisation" and released a third official picture with their newborn daughter. The couple reportedly received over 30,000 letters of well-wishers.[13] 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.[14]


Princess Ariane was baptised 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.[15] Over 850 guests were invited to attend, including Princess Máxima's parents and Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

Her godparents are Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury, and Anton Friling.[16]

Titles, styles and arms[edit]

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

Arms of Princess Ariane of the Netherlands
Coat of Arms of the children of Wilhelm-Alexander of the Netherlands.svg
Princess Ariane uses the same coat of arms as her sisters, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia.[17]
Quarterly: I and IV azure billety or, a lion with coronet also or armed and langued gules, holding in his dexter paw a sword argent hilted or, and in his sinister seven arrows argent pointed and bound together or, which is of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; II and III or, a horn azure opened and bound gules, which is of the first House of Orange; an inescutcheon or bearing a castle of three towers gules flanked on each side by a poplar tree au naturel, and a river azure flowing from the base, ondoyant to the gate of the castle, which is of the house of Zorreguieta in Argentina.
Arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.svg The first and fourth quarters are the coat of arms of the Netherlands, based on the coat of arms of the House of Nassau.[17]
Arms of the Principality of Orange.svg The second and third quarters are the coat of arms of the Prince of Orange.[17]
Arms of the Zorreguieta Family.svg In the center is the coat of arms of the Zorreguieta family.[17]



  1. ^ Current line of succession - Official website of the Dutch Royal House
  2. ^ Trotse kroonprins toont 'voorbeeldbaby'; Retrieved on 2007-04-11
  3. ^ "Communiqué van de Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst" (Press release) (in Dutch). Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst). 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Felicitatietoespraak minister-president" (Press release) (in Dutch). Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst). 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  5. ^ It's a girl - Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines
  6. ^ a b "Namen dochter Prins van Oranje en Prinses Máxima" (Press release) (in Dutch). Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst). 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Prinses Ariane". Taaladviesdienst (in Dutch). Genootschap Onze Taal. 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  8. ^ Meijer, Remco (2007-04-13). "Nieuw prinsesje heet Ariane". (in Dutch). Volkskrant. Retrieved 2007-09-02.  External link in |work= (help)
  9. ^ "Staatsblad 41 2002" (41). The Hague: Staatsblad, SDU. 25 January 2002. 
  10. ^ "The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Princess Ariane admitted to hospital". 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Royal News, May 2007". NettyRoyal. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  13. ^ Prince and princess say thanks
  14. ^ Princess Ariane admitted to hospital
  15. ^ Prinses Ariane gedoopt[dead link]. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  16. ^ Royal News: October 2007
  17. ^ a b c d (Dutch) Wapens van leden van het Koninklijk Huis, Dutch Royal House. Retrieved on 2013-05-06.

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Princess Ariane of the Netherlands
Born: 10 April, 2007
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Alexia of the Netherlands
Line of succession to the Dutch throne
3rd position
Succeeded by
Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Augusta, granddaughter of George II
Succeeded by
Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau