I get a lot of questions about the Netherlands. Is it a republic or a monarchy. Why the color orange? What is Queens Day? With Queens day we celebrate the birthday of our queen.
The orange of the Netherlands (royal family, football, pennant etc.) we owe to Willem of Orange. When he was eleven years, he was the owner of the principality of Orange in France.
The territory was the subject of a half century quarrels between the Netherlands, France and Germany. Louis XIV (16e), the French Sun, decided that the area in Orange France heard.
In 1713 the country was officially Orange with France in 1732 were united and the fathers of our house the royal title, Prince of Orange. Noble title of father to son, so generation after generation, the title prince of Orange passed.
Now Prince Willem-Alexander is the prince of Orange.
Below our Queen and the crown prince with his family. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of Orange-Nassau (Baarn, 31 Jan, 1938), Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld, since 1980 reigning Queen of the Netherlands.
In 1966 she married Claus von Amsberg.
They had a good marriage with much love until he died in 2002.
He was loved by the people. He was a good father and he is still missed by his family.
They had four sons ( Willem Alexander, Johan Friso and Constantijn). We were happy that a boy was born who would be king. After 100 years queens finally a king.
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand (Utrecht, April 27, 1967) Prince of Orange, Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer Amsberg, the eldest son and heir of the Dutch queen Beatrix. He is officially known as His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange
On March 30, 2001 fiance is the crown prince with the Argentine Maxima Zorreguieta.
Máxima Zorreguieta (Buenos Aires (Argentina), May 17, 1971), since her marriage Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the wife of Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange. Officially, its full designation Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. Van Amsberg, but in everyday language, she simply Princess Máxima
It was sensitive for us that he wanted to marry Maxima. Because of the controversial past of her father, Jorge Zorreguieta, who has been sitting in the government of Argentina during the military dictatorship (1976 – 1983) under General Jorge Videla.
Which forced thousands of people disappeared.
Under intense pressure Zorreguieta father decided not attend at the marriage. When Prime Minister Kok also promised that the presence of senior Zorreguieta in the future no obvious thing would be, the licensing law adopted by parliament.
During their marriage cermonie 2002 Maxima wanted to hear a tango (goodbye dad) from argentina. Every time I hear the music I get emotional, because of her tears for her father. Click here if you want to hear the Tango This couple has three daughters.
Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria (Den Haag, December 7, 2003), Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, the eldest daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima
Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien (Den Haag, 26 Jun., 2005), Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, is the second daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima.
Princess Alexia after her sister, Princess Catharina-Amalia third in the Dutch line of succession to the throne
Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines (Den Haag, 10 Apr, 2007), Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, is the third daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima.
Princess Ariane is fourth in line of succession to the throne
It is predicted that the queen will stop in 2010 and then Alexander would be King.