Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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Date of Birth April 27, 1967
Place of Birth Netherlands
Age 53 years old
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Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Willem-Alexander is the reigning King of the Netherlands, having acceded to the throne following his mother's abdication in 2013. Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht as the oldest child of Princess Beatrix and diplomat Claus van Amsberg. He became Prince of Orange as heir apparent upon his mother's accession as Queen on 30 April 1980, and succeeded her following her abdication on 30 April 2013. He went to public primary and secondary schools, served in the Royal Netherlands Navy, and studied history at Leiden University. He married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 and they have three daughters: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane. Willem-Alexander is interested in sports and international water management issues.

Predecessor: Beatrix
Heir apparent: Catharina-Amalia
Prime minister: Mark Rutte
Born: April 27, 1967, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Issue: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane
House: Orange-Nassau (official), Amsberg (agnatic)
Father: Claus von Amsberg
Mother: Beatrix of the Netherlands
Religion: Protestant Church in the Netherlands

About Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Dutch royal and member of the Houses of House Orange-Nassau and Amsberg who ascended to the throne in 2013. He was born the eldest child of German-born diplomat Claus van Amsberg and Dutch Princess-turned-Queen Beatrix.

Before Fame

Before being crowned King of the Netherlands, he earned a master's degree in history from Leiden University and joined the Royal Netherlands Navy.


In the late 1980s, he became a volunteer pilot for the African Medical Research and Education Foundation. Also an athlete, he participated in the 1992 New York City Marathon.

Family Life

He married the Argentine-born Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in 2002. They welcomed children named Catharina-Amalia Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.


Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was his maternal grandmother.

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