Mother Maxima Zorreguieta
|Name Princess of|
Role Princess of Orange-Nassau
|Born 10 April 2007 (age 8)
The Hague, Netherlands (2007-04-10) |
Father Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Siblings Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands
Parents Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Grandparents Prince Claus of the Netherlands
Uncles Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Martin Zorreguieta Cerruti, Juan Zorreguieta Cerruti
Cousins Countess Eloise of Orange‑N, Count Claus‑Casimir of Orange, Countess Leonore of Orange‑N, Countess Zaria of Orange‑N, Countess Luana of Orange‑N
Similar People Princess Alexia of the Nethe, Catharina‑Amalia - Princess of Orange, Queen Maxima of the Nethe, Willem‑Alexander of the Netherlands, Beatrix of the Netherlands
Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés; born 10 April 2007) is the third and youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Princess Ariane is a member of the Dutch Royal House and currently third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.
Princess Ariane was born in the HMC Bronovo in The Hague at 21:56 local time on 10 April 2007 as the third child and youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterwards and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well. The next morning, Her father appeared on television with his new daughter. The names of the baby were announced on 13 April, when the birth was registered in The Hague.
Princess Ariane was baptised in the Abbey Church in The Hague on 20 October 2007. Vicar Deodaat van der Boon used water from the Jordan River to baptize the princess, who was wearing the christening gown that Princess Wilhelmina first wore in 1880. Over 850 guests were invited to attend, including Princess Máxima's parents and Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende. Her godparents are Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury, and Anton Friling.
Princess Ariane has two elder sisters, the princesses Catharina-Amalia and Alexia. She speaks Dutch, English and some Spanish.
On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University medical centre with a suspected lung infection. She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 after treatment for her bacterial and viral infection. On 13 June 2007, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima released a thank you note "not only for the congratulations upon Ariane's birth but also for the best wishes they received upon her hospitalisation" and released a third official picture with their newborn daughter. The couple reportedly received over 30,000 letters of well-wishers. On 8 October 2009, Princess Ariane was again admitted to a hospital, in which she had to stay for one night, due to a respiratory infection.
Titles, styles and arms
Ariane's full title and style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau. (Dutch: Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés, Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau).