an article about the 2nd princess.
Dutch Princess Maxima gives birth to baby girl
Sunday, 26 June 2005
Princess Maxima, the wife of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, the third in line to the Dutch throne.
"We have another beautiful and healthy daughter," Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange, said in a statement.
In the Netherlands, boys and girls have the same rights to the throne. The current and past two monarchs have been queens. The girl will be third in line to the Dutch throne after her father and her sister Catharina-Amalia, born on December 7, 2003.
The couple have not yet decided on a name for the baby who was born in the early afternoon at the Bronovo hospital in The Hague weighing almost 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Television programmes were interrupted with the news of the birth.
Willem-Alexander, Queen Beatrix's eldest son and heir to the throne, married Argentinian-born Maxima Zorreguieta in Amsterdam in February 2002.
The marriage attracted controversy because Maxima's father served as agriculture minister during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship when up to 30,000 people vanished or were killed. He was barred from the wedding.
But Maxima quickly became one of the most popular members of the royal family, mastering Dutch and adding a touch of glamour to the House of Orange-Nassau. Tens of thousands thronged the centre of Amsterdam for the wedding.
Willem-Alexander's younger brother Prince Johan Friso gave up his right to the throne to marry Mabel Wisse Smit because of her past contacts with a criminal.
Sun Jun 26, 2005 REUTERS