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Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

King of the Netherlands

Willem-Alexander (Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand; born 27 April 1967), is the King of the Netherlands. He is the eldest child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. He has been the head of the House of Amsberg since the death of his father in 2002. He served in the Dutch military. He studied history at Leiden University. King Willem-Alexander is interested in international water management issues and sports. He married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002. They have three daughters: Princess Catharina-Amalia (born 2003), Princess Alexia (born 2005), and Princess Ariane (born 2007).

Willem-Alexander
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King of the Netherlands
Reign30 April 2013 – present
PredecessorBeatrix
Heiress apparentCatharina-Amalia
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Born (1967-04-27) 27 April 1967 (age 52)
Utrecht, Netherlands
SpouseMáxima Zorreguieta
Issue
Detail
Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
Princess Alexia
Princess Ariane
Full name
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
HouseHouse of Orange-Nassau
House of Amsberg
FatherClaus von Amsberg
MotherPrincess Beatrix
ReligionProtestant

On 28 January 2013, the king's mother announced in a television broadcast that she would abdicate the throne. That made Willem-Alexander, King on 30 April 2013.[1] He is the first king of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather, William III, in 1890.[2]

Titles and stylesEdit

  • (1967–1980):His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau
  • (1980-2013):His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of the Netherlands
  • (2013-present):His Majesty The King

He was the first male heir apparent to the Dutch throne since Prince Alexander, son of King William III, who died in 1884. Prince Willem-Alexander had indicated that if he became king, he would take the name William IV,[3] but it was announced on 28 January 2013 that his regnal name would be William-Alexander.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son". BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  2. (Dutch) Prins van Oranje wordt koning Willem-Alexander
  3. Interview with Paul Witteman, September 1997, Racchvs.com
  4. Prince of Orange to become King Willem-Alexander