Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane of the Netherlands is celebrating her 11th birthday today; like is done with her older sisters, Amalia and Alexia, it will be a private celebration with family and friends.
Ariane is the youngest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima‘s three daughters. She was born in the late evening on 10 April 2007 at the HMC Bronovo in The Hague. The day after her birth, the then Prince of Orange appeared on camera with her and his wife, then Princess Máxima. Her name of Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés was announced on 13 April.
A month after her birth, Ariane was hospitalised with a suspected lung infection. After three days of treatment in the hospital, she was released on 5 May. The King and Queen released a statement thanking everyone for their good wishes after her birth and during her hospitalisation along with a third picture of them together with her. In 2009, another respiratory infection would see her spend another night in the hospital.
She was christened in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands on 20 October in the Abbey Church with water from the River Jordan. Ariane wore the same christening gown that Queen (then Princess) Wilhelmina wore in 1880. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Anton Friling and Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury were selected as godparents.
At her young age, she performs few official duties. She and her sisters are always in attendance for King’s Day in celebration of their father, and they were interviewed for the first time by a Dutch news station during the event. The King and Queen have requested that the media leave their three daughters alone during private time while they are growing up. In exchange, they appear at two official photo sessions per year – one in Lech, Austria, during the winter and the other in the summer.
Her Royal Highness is currently enrolled at Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar, Netherlands. The Royal Family lives in Villa Eikenhorst on the De Horsten estate in Wassenaar. The Princess speaks her native Dutch, English and some Spanish – the native language of her mother. The Royal House of the Netherlands has said that her hobbies include playing the piano, drawing, hockey and horse riding. Ariane is third in line to the Dutch throne.