List of heirs to the Dutch throne

This page is a list of heirs to the Dutch throne. The list includes all individuals who were considered to inherit the throne of the Netherlands, either as heir apparent or as heir presumptive, since the constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 16 March 1815.[1] Those who succeeded as King or Queen of the Netherlands are shown in bold. The list also shows who were next in line to the heirs.

Heirs to the Dutch throne
Heir Status Relationship to monarch Became heir Ceased to be heir Next in line of succession Monarch
Date Reason Date Reason
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparent Eldest son 16 March 1815 Father became king 7 October 1840 Father abdicated,
became king
Prince Frederick, 1815–1817, brother William I
Prince William, 1817–1840, son
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparent Eldest son 7 October 1840 Father became king 17 March 1849 Father died,
became king
Prince William, 1840–1849, son William II
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparent Eldest son 17 March 1849 Father became king 11 June 1879 Died Prince Maurice, 1849–1850, brother William III
Prince Hendrik, 1850–1851, uncle
Prince Alexander, 1851–1879, brother
Alexander, Prince of Orange Heir apparent Youngest son 11 June 1879 Brother died 21 June 1884 Died Prince Frederick, 1879–1881, great-uncle
Princess Wilhelmina, 1881–1884, sister
Princess Wilhelmina Heir presumptive Eldest daughter 21 June 1884 Brother died 23 November 1890 Father died,
became queen
Princess Sophie, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1884–1890, aunt
Princess Sophie, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Heir presumptive Aunt 23 November 1890 Niece became queen 23 March 1897 Died Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1890–1894, son Wilhelmina
Hereditary Grand Duke William Ernest of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1894–1897, grandson
William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Heir presumptive First cousin once removed 23 March 1897 Grandmother (Sophie) died 30 April 1909 Daughter born to queen Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1897–1900, brother
Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1900–1909, aunt
Princess Juliana Heir presumptive Eldest daughter 30 April 1909 Born 4 September 1948 Mother abdicated,
became queen
William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1909–1922, second cousin
none, 1922–1938
Princess Beatrix, 1938–1948, daughter
Princess Beatrix Heir presumptive Eldest daughter 4 September 1948 Mother became queen 30 April 1980 Mother abdicated,
became queen
Princess Irene, 1948–1964, sister Juliana
Princess Margriet, 1964–1967, sister
Prince Willem-Alexander, 1967–1980, son
Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange Heir apparent Eldest son 30 April 1980 Mother became queen 30 April 2013 Mother abdicated,
became king
Prince Friso, 1980–2003, brother Beatrix
Princess Catharina-Amalia, 2003–2013, daughter
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange Heir apparent Eldest daughter 30 April 2013 Father became king Incumbent Princess Alexia, 2013–present, sister Willem-Alexander

See also


  1. King Willem I (1772-1843). The Dutch Royal House. Retrieved on 2008-07-08.
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