Today the world has embraced new royal Princesses in the form of Mary of Denmark and Maxima of the Netherlands. But it's questionable whether even these hugely popular, increasingly glamorous future Queens will ever capture the world's imagination in the same way as Diana.
As Mario acknowledges: "She really was a true Princess". -www.theroyalist.net-
I want to add my congratulations to the Dutch Royal Family and especially The Crown Prince and Crown Princess.
This year is going to be a royal baby blockbuster with all the Crown Princesses giving birth. Wow....
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.