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Princess of the Netherlands

Ariane of the Netherlands
Princess Ariane on April 30, 2013
Full name
Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés
House House of Orange-Nassau
Father Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Mother Máxima Zorreguita
Born 10 April 2007 (2007-04-10) (age 10)
The Hague, Netherlands

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands (Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés; born 10 April 2007) is the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Princess Ariane is member of the Dutch Royal House and currently third in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.


Princess Ariane was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague at 21:56 local time on 10 April 2007 as the third child and third daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Princess Ariane weighed 4.135 kilograms (9.12 pounds) and was 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) long at birth. Prime Minister Balkenende addressed the nation shortly afterwards and said both mother and child were healthy and doing well. The next morning, the then Prince Willem-Alexander 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.

Names and titles

Her given names are Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines. The names were announced by her father on 13 April 2007. The origin of the name Ariane is speculated about. It can either come from the Latin name Hadrian or from the Greek name Ariadne. Like her sisters Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia her first name starts with an A, according to Prince Willem-Alexander "to conclude the triple A rating".

By Royal Decree of 25 January 2002, nr. 41 is determined that all children of Prince Willem-Alexander will bear the title of Prince (Princess) of the Netherlands and Prince (Princess) of Orange-Nassau.

Her full name is styled and with title: Your Royal Highness Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (Dutch: Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau).

Princess Ariane has two elder sisters, the princesses Catharina-Amalia and Alexia.


The official origins of her given name:

  • Ariane is because her parents liked it and because it follows their tradition with names starting with A.
  • Wilhelmina is after her great-great-grandmother, the former Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Máxima is after her mother's great-grandmother who she (Queen Máxima) also was named after.
  • Inés is after her aunt and godmother, Inés Zorreguieta.


On 2 May 2007, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University medical center with a suspected lung infection. She was released from the hospital on 5 May 2007 to be treated 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 hospitalization" 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.


Princess Ariane was baptized 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.

The godparents of Princess Ariane are Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury, and Anton Friling.

Titles, styles, honors and arms

Titles and styles

  • 10 April 2007 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

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