Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

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Princess of Orange
Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria (2019; cropped).jpg
Catharina-Amalia in 2019
Born (2003-12-07) 7 December 2003 (age 18)[1]
The Hague, Netherlands
Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria
HouseOrange-Nassau (official)
Amsberg (agnatic)
FatherWillem-Alexander of the Netherlands
MotherMáxima Zorreguieta Cerruti
ReligionProtestant Church in the Netherlands

Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (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 constituent countries of Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten.

Catharina-Amalia is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. She became heir apparent to the Dutch throne when her father ascended the throne on 30 April 2013.


Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria was born at 17:01 CET on 7 December 2003 in the HMC Bronovo in The Hague,[1][2] the first child of the then Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Upon the public announcement of her birth, 101 salute shots were fired at four places in the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Den Helder and The Hague in the Netherlands, Willemstad in Curacao, and Oranjestad in Aruba.[3]

On 12 June 2004, Catharina-Amalia was baptised by the Rev. 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.[4]

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.[5][better source needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Princess Catharina-Amalia has two younger sisters: Princess Alexia (born in 2005) and Princess Ariane (born in 2007). She lives with her parents and one of her sisters in Huis ten Bosch palace in The Hague.[6]

Starting in December 2007, Catharina-Amalia attended the public primary school Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar.[7] She attended the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, where her aunt Princess Laurentien attended.[8][9] She graduated in June 2021. Upon graduation, she announced that she would take a gap year and refused to accept her right to €1.6m a year in income for the time period, adding that it would make her "uncomfortable as long as I do not do anything for it in return".[10]

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.[11] She speaks Dutch, English, and Spanish.[12] Additionally, she took classes in the Mandarin Chinese language.[13]

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 owing to school obligations.[14]

Catharina-Amalia's paternal grandmother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated on 30 April 2013 and her father ascended the throne. Catharina-Amalia, as the new heir apparent, assumed the title of Princess of Orange,[15] becoming the first to do so in her own right. On 8 December 2021, Princess Catharina-Amalia assumed her seat in the Advisory Division of the Council of State of the Netherlands when she reached the age of majority at 18 the day before.[16][17][18]

In 2020, a new regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army, the Regiment Huzaren Prinses Catharina-Amalia, was named for Catharina-Amalia.[19]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Catharina Amalia's Monogram


  • 7 December 2003 – 30 April 2013: Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau[20]
  • 30 April 2013–present: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Orange, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau[20]

Like her sisters, Catharina-Amalia was born a Princess of the Netherlands and a Princess of Orange-Nassau. As heir apparent she is also the Princess of Orange. This title is substantive and used without her name.[20]



Coat of arms of Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
Coat of Arms of the children of Wilhelm-Alexander of the Netherlands.svg
This coat of arms is used by the Princess of Orange and her sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.[22]
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.
Prinses Amalia en zussen vlag.svg As Princess, Catharina-Amalia uses a swallow-tailed flag, with the Royal standard colours and their paternal arms (the horn of Orange) in the upper hoist and their maternal arms (the tower of Zorreguieta) in the lower hoist. The arms of the Netherlands (which originates from Nassau) without the insignia of the Order of Willem within an orange circle.[23]
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.[22]
Arms of the Principality of Orange.svg The second and third quarters are the coat of arms of the Prince of Orange.[22]
Arms of the Zorreguieta Family.svg In the center is the coat of arms of the Zorreguieta family.[22]


Through her paternal grandfather, a member of the House of Amsberg, Catharina-Amalia is descended from families of the lower German nobility, and through her paternal grandmother, from several German royal families such as the House of Lippe, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the House of Orange-Nassau, Waldeck and Pyrmont, and the House of Hohenzollern. She is descended from the first King of the Netherlands, William I of the Netherlands, who was also a ruler in Luxembourg and several German states, and all subsequent Dutch monarchs.

On her mother's side, Catharina-Amalia is descended from wealthy Spanish Argentines and Italian Argentines, with some Basque ancestry.[24][25][26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Newly-born Princess Catharina-Amalia second in line for Dutch throne". 23 December 2003. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Dutch celebrate royal baby birth". BBC News. 8 December 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. ^ "A new government and Dutch troops go to Iraq". historyinnl. 2003. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Princess Catharina-Amalia". Het Koninklijk Huis. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Joyful christening of Catharina-Amalia". Hello. 14 June 2004.
  6. ^ "Huis ten Bosch Palace". Het Koninklijk Huis. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Princess Amalia to attend state school". 18 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Amalia gaat naar Sorghvliet-gymnasium" [Amalia goes to Sorghvliet Gymnasium]. RTL Nieuws (in Dutch). 20 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Prinses Amalia naar de middelbare school". NOS (in Dutch). 24 August 2015.
  10. ^ Henley, Jon (11 June 2021). "Princess Amalia, heir to Dutch throne, waives right to yearly income". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Princess Amalia celebrates sixth birthday". 7 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  12. ^ "The children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima". Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ Fu, Jing (31 July 2016). "European royals turning their hand to Mandarin". China Daily. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Princess Amalia turns seven". 7 December 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates in favour of son". BBC News. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Princess Amalia delivers confident debut speech to Raad van State". 8 December 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  17. ^ Ketelaar, Titia (8 December 2021). "Amalia citeert Beatrix in de Raad van State: 'Ik zal trachten een goede leerling te zijn'". NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  18. ^ Meijer, Remco (8 December 2021). "Bij de Raad van State noemt prinses Amalia haar vader voorzitter. 'Voor één keer'". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Bulletin of Acts and Decrees, 435". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (in Dutch). 12 November 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  20. ^ a b c "Titels leden Koninklijke Familie". Het Koninklijk Huis (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  21. ^ a b "Prinses van Oranje 18 jaar: Onderscheidingsvlag, Ridder Grootkruis en Huisorde". Het Koninklijk Huis (in Dutch). 7 December 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  22. ^ a b c d "Wapens van leden van het Koninklijk Huis". Het Koninklijk Huis (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Besluit van 24 november 2021, houdende vaststelling van een onderscheidingsvlag voor Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Prinses Catharina-Amalia en haar zusters". 10 May 2022.
  24. ^ Pérez Calvo, Lucio Ricardo (2000–2002). Genealogías argentinas (in Spanish). Buenos Aires. ISBN 987-43-2562-3 – via Google Books.
  25. ^ Guerrero, Gonzalo Alvarez; Ferrari, Soledad. Máxima: Una historia real (in Spanish). Sudamericana – via Google Books.
  26. ^ "Ancestors of Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti".

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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
Born: 7 December 2003
Dutch royalty
Preceded by Princess of Orange
30 April 2013–present
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