by Scott Mehl
Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau was born December 7, 2003 at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, Netherlands, the eldest daughter of then Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti. At birth, she was second in line to the Dutch throne.
On June 12, 2004, Catharina-Amalia was baptized by Reverend Carel ter Linden in the Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk in The Hague. Her godparents were her paternal uncle Prince Constantijn, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the (then) vice-president of the Council of State of the Netherlands Herman Tjeenk Willink, her mother’s friend Samantha Deane, her maternal uncle Martín Zorreguieta, and her father’s friend Marc ter Haar. She was given the names Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, but she is known as Amalia.
- Catherina: possibly for Henriette Catharina, daughter of Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange and for Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, mother of Queen Sophie, first wife of King Willem III
- Amalia: possibly for Amalia van Solms, wife of Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange and for Amalia of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach, the first wife of Prince Hendrik, brother of King Willem III
- Beatrix: for her paternal grandmother Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
- Carmen: for her maternal grandmother María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart
- Victoria: for her godmother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Amalia was joined soon after by two younger sisters, Princess Alexia (2005) and Princess Ariane (2007). The princess attended school at the Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar, near the family’s home at Villa Eikenhorst. In the fall of 2015, Amalia started to attend Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet, an independent Protestant school in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her parents made a list of several schools in The Hague and left the decision up to Amalia, who visited the schools before she made up her mind.
On April 30, 2013, her grandmother, Queen Beatrix abdicated the Dutch throne. Amalia’s father became King Willem-Alexander, and the young princess became heiress-apparent to the Dutch throne. She became Princess of Orange in her own right, the first time the title has been held by a female in nearly 600 years.