Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
|Princess of Orange|
The Princess of Orange on 3 December 2014
7 December 2003|
Bronovo Hospital, The Hague, Netherlands
|Father||Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands|
|Religion||Protestant Church in the Netherlands|
|Dutch Royal Family|
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 of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten.
Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria was born at 17:01 CET on 7 December 2003 in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, as the first child of the then-Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. 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, 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, the (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.
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.
Life and education
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.
Since 10 December 2007, Catharina-Amalia has attended the public primary school Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar. She now attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in the Hague, where her aunt Princess Laurentien attended.
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. She speaks Dutch, English, and some Spanish.
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.
Queen Beatrix abdicated on 30 April 2013, and 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
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- 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.
- "The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- "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" (Press release). 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.
- "Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates in favour of son". BBC News. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
- (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
|Princess of Orange
30 April 2013 – present
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