Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

youngest daughter of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés; born 10 April 2007) is the third and youngest daughter of Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander. She has two elder sisters: Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia. She is also a member of the Dutch Royal House and currently is third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.[1]

Princess Ariane
Princess Ariane in 2019
Born (2007-04-10) 10 April 2007 (age 17)
Bronovo Hospital ,The Hague, Netherlands
Full name
Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés
HouseOrange-Nassau Amsberg (agnatic)
FatherWillem-Alexander of the Netherlands
MotherMáxima Zorreguieta
ReligionProtestant Church in the Netherlands

Princess Ariane was born in the HMC Bronovo in The Hague at 21:56 local time on 10 April 2007 as the third child and youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterward and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well. The next morning, her father appeared on television with his new daughter.

The names of the baby were announced on 26 October, when the birth was registered in The Hague.

Princess Ariane was baptized in the Kloosterkerk, The Hague on 29 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.

Over 850 guests were invited to attend, including Princess Maxima's parents and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. Her godparents are Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Baron Tijo Collot d'Escury, Antoine Frilling, Valerie Delger and Ines Zorreguieta.

Princess Ariane attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague. In May 2023, the Dutch Royal Court announced that the Princess would continue her secondary school studies at the UWC Adriatic in Italy. She speaks Dutch, English, and Spanish.

Hospitalization

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On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University Medical Center with a suspected lung infection. She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 after treatment for her bacterial and viral infection.

On 13 June 2007, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima released a thank you note "not only for the congratulations upon Ariane's birth but also for the best wishes they received upon her hospitalization" and released a third official picture with their newborn daughter.

The couple reportedly received over 30,000 letters of well-wishes. 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.

10 April 2007 Her Royal Highness Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau

Honors

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-Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands (10 April 2025)

-Netherlands: Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (10 April 2025)

References

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  1. Current line of succession Archived 2011-01-25 at the Wayback Machine - Official website of the Dutch Royal House
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
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Augusta, daughter of George III
Succeeded by
Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau