The Dutch Royal House has released a photo and a video of Princess Alexia departing for her first day of secondary school, both of which were taken by her father, King Willem-Alexander. Princess Alexia will attend the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, which is also attended by her elder sister, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange. A similar photo and video were taken of Catharina-Amalia for her first day.
The Dutch Royal House also released a statement saying that is it important that the Princess is able to attend school with peace and quiet. The entire school period is considered to be private as she also deserves an undisturbed youth, just like her peers. This is especially important because the Princess’s adult life will (partly) consist of performing public duties.
Princess Alexia is the second child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. She was born on 26 June 2005 at the HMC Bronovo in The Hague. Her elder sister Princess Catherina-Amalia was born in 2003, Princess Alexia was born in 2005, followed by Princess Ariane in 2007. Her father has been King of the Netherlands since her grandmother’s abdication on 30 April 2013 and since then her elder sister is known as the Princess of Orange as the heiress apparent. Princess Alexia is currently second in line to the throne behind her sister.
Last year, during the family’s annual skiing holiday with her family in Austria, Princess Alexia broke her right femur (thigh bone). She was transported via helicopter to a local hospital and had surgery to repair the injury. After a few days in hospital, she was released and required the use of crutches while she healed. The accident occurred in the same area as the avalanche which resulted in eventually fatal injuries to her paternal uncle and godfather, Prince Friso, in February 2012.