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The Netherlands

Grandchildren of monarchs: Princess Beatrix

In this series, Royal Central is taking a look at the grandchildren of monarchs around the world. In this instalment, we’re heading to The Netherlands to introduce the eight grandchildren of Princess Beatrix, the former Dutch queen.

Children of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

Seventeen-year-old Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria is the heir apparent to the Dutch throne as the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. She was born 7 December 2003 in The Hague and was given the title of Princess of Orange, which can only be held by the heir to the throne, when her father was invested as King on 30 April 2013. She is the first woman to hold the title in her own right. The Princess of Orange goes by ‘Amalia’ and attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague. She enjoys hockey, singing, playing the piano, and horse riding.

Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien is the second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in The Hague on 26 June 2005. Like her older sister, Princess Alexia also attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet and enjoys hockey, horse riding, singing, and playing the piano. She plans to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, where her father attended. She’ll be in good company with another European royal alongside Leonor, Princess of Asturias, who also is heading to Wales after the summer.

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

Princess Ariane is the King and Queen’s youngest daughter and also Princess Beatrix’s youngest grandchild. She was born in The Hague on 10 April 2007 and attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet. Her hobbies include drawing, horse riding, hockey, and playing the piano.

Children of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel

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Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau

Emma Luana Ninette Sophie was born on 6 March 2005 in London and is the eldest daughter of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau. Sadly, her father passed away in 2013 after being fatally injured in an avalanche. The family has kept a fairly low profile since then and Countess Luana lives in the UK with her mother and sister.

Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau

Countess Zaria is Prince Friso and Princess Mabel’s youngest daughter. Born Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou on 18 June 2006 in London, she counts King Willem-Alexander as one of her godparents. She resides in London with her family.

Children of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien

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Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau

Countess Eloise is Princess Beatrix’s eldest grandchild, born Eloise Beatrix Sophie Laurence on 8 June 2002. She is Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien’s first child. She graduated from high school in 2020 and currently lives in Amsterdam, where she frequently takes photos to post on her popular Instagram account. In January 2021, Eloise revealed on her Instagram that she was in the process of writing a book that will be published in June.

Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau

Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max was born 21 March 2004, just a day after the death of his great-grandmother, Queen Juliana. He is the only son of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien and Princess Beatrix’s only grandson. As such, he is the only one of her grandchildren who will be able to pass this title on to his children in the future. Last year, he travelled to Scotland to finish his schooling at Gordonstoun, where the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Duke of York, and Earl of Wessex attended.

Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau

The youngest child of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien was born on 3 June 2006 in The Hague. Countess Leonore was baptised in the chapel of Het Loo Palace on 8 October 2006, and Queen Máxima is one of her godparents.

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.