Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (given names: Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria; born 7 December 2003) is the oldest child of King Willem-Alexander[1] of the Netherlands, and Queen Máxima. On 30 April 2013, she became the heiress apparent to the Dutch throne when her father became king.[2]

Princess of Orange
Catharina-Amalia in 2023
Born (2003-12-07) 7 December 2003 (age 20)[1]
The Hague, Netherlands
Full name
Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria
HouseOrange-Nassau Amsberg (agnatic)
FatherWillem-Alexander of the Netherlands
MotherMáxima Zorreguieta
ReligionProtestant Church in the Netherlands

Birth and baptism


Princess Catharina-Amalia was born on 7 December 2003 at HMC Bronovo in The Hague.[1] On 12 June 2004, Catharina-Amalia was baptized by Reverend Carel ter Linden in the Grote, or St. Jacob's, Church in The Hague.



Princess Catharina-Amalia was enrolled in Bloemcamp school in Wassenaar on 10 December 2007.[3] Her birthdays are usually celebrated with a concert at Kloosterkerk, The Hague. The concerts are attended by ambassadors and members of the royal household and the Council of State of the Netherlands.[4] 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 did not go to the naming ceremony because of school obligations.[5]

On 28 January 2013, it was stated that Queen Beatrix would abdicate on 30 April. Because of this, Princess Catharina-Amalia, as the heiress apparent to her father, would take the title of Princess of Orange. She is the first person to have this title. After her father became king, she still lives in Wassenaar, but will eventually move with her family to Huis ten Bosch. Princess Catharina-Amalia has had a seat in the Advisory Division of the Council of State of the Netherlands since she turned 18-years-old (age of majority).[2]

Titles, styles and arms

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

Her official title in Dutch is Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid De Prinses van Oranje

Queen Beatrix abdicated the Dutch throne on 30 April 2013. Upon the abdication, Princess Catharina-Amalia became the Princess of Orange as heiress apparent.[6]


Dutch orders and decorations

As a daughter of one of the 2 Heads of the House, when she becomes 18 years old, she will become :

  •   Netherlands : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (7 December 2021) [7]
  • Netherlands: Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (7 December 2021)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Newly-born Princess Catharina-Amalia second in line for Dutch throne". Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "News" (in Dutch). Royal House. 28 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  3. "Princess Amalia to attend state school" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. "Princess Amalia celebrates sixth birthday" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  5. "Princess Amalia turns seven" (in Dutch). DutchNews. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  6. "Abdication information". Dutch Royal House. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  7. Orders for services to the Royal House Archived 2015-03-12 at the Wayback Machine - description at the website of the Dutch Royal House (Dutch language) : "Princesses (daughters of the Heads of the House of Nassau) receive the order at majority age (18), as decided in 1984 by Queen Beatrix and Grand-Duke Jean"

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