Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

Princess Ariane

Princess Ariane in 2014
Born (2007-04-10) 10 April 2007
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.[3] Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterwards and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well.[4] The next morning, Her father 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]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Princess Ariane has two elder sisters, the princesses Catharina-Amalia and Alexia. She speaks Dutch, English and some Spanish.[9]


On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University medical centre with a suspected lung infection.[10] She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 after treatment for her bacterial and viral infection.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Titles, styles and arms

Ariane's full title and style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau.[14] (Dutch: Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés, Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau).



  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. "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 gedoopt. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  8. Royal News: October 2007
  9. "The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  10. "Princess Ariane admitted to hospital". 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
  11. "Royal News, May 2007". NettyRoyal. Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  12. Prince and princess say thanks
  13. Princess Ariane admitted to hospital
  14. 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.[15]
  15. "Staatsblad 41 2002" (41). The Hague: Staatsblad, SDU. 25 January 2002.
  16. 1 2 3 4 (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
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