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Princess Catharina-Amalia won’t get a big birthday party


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Queen Máxima revealed to RTL Boulevard that her eldest daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, won’t be getting a big birthday party. The heir to the Dutch throne will turn 16 on the 7th of December.

When asked about her daughter’s upcoming birthday, she answered, “There won’t be a big celebration. She still has a lot of work to do for school, the end of the year is coming, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas’ eve is on the 5th of December) and all kinds of festivities. She is growing up fast and beautifully. She is an amazing daughter, an amazing friend, I am so very proud of her. We will be singing for her and let’s bring on the next two years, which will probably be the last two years of her living at home. So I have to enjoy the moment.”

Princess Catharina-Amalia, who as the heir to the Dutch throne is known as the Princess of Orange, was born on 7 December 2003 in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. She was later joined by two younger sisters: Princess Alexia (born 26 June 2005) and Princess Ariane (born 10 April 2007). Her father, King Willem-Alexander has been the reigning King of the Netherlands since his mother’s abdication in 2013.