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Princess Maxima 08-24-2007 11:48 AM

Christening of Emma van Vollenhoven: August 25, 2007
Emma Francisca Catharina, daughter of TH Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita, will be christened tomorrow at Het Loo Chapel in Apeldoorn.
Her godparents are:Prins Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, Caroline van der Toorn-van Eijk, Evert-Jan Wamsteker and Alexandra Gravin de Witt-Cavard.
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Emma was born on November 28th 2006.

Marengo 08-24-2007 12:10 PM

I never heard of a Dutch countly family called de Witt, did anybody else? Or is it a belgian family maybe? It would be rather ironic if she was a descendend of Johan or Cornelius de Witt btw ;)

Henri M. 08-24-2007 06:59 PM

Nobles with 'Witt', 'Witte', 'With' and 'Wittert' / 'de Witt' is French nobility

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 656847)
I never heard of a Dutch countly family called de Witt, did anybody else? Or is it a belgian family maybe?

According to the Filiatieregister der Nederlandse Adel (Certified List of the Netherlands Nobility) the only noble families with these names' are:

Versélewel de Witt Hamer (incorporated from foreign nobility in 1982)

Van Oldebarnevelt genaamd Witte Tullingh (noble since 1815, extinct since 1941)

Van Haersma de With (noble since 1841)

Wittert (barons, older nobility recognized 1815)

I think it must be Alexandra Cavard from France:

Serge Comte de Witt (1891-1990) x Marie Bonaparte, Princess Napoléon (1912-1996)
Baudouin Comte de Witt (1947) x Isabelle de Rocca-Serra (1950)
Jean-Emmanuel Comte de Witt (1970) x Alexandra Cavard


Marengo 08-24-2007 07:08 PM

Thanks Henri! Her husband thus is a descendant of Belgian King Leopold II as Count Serge´s mother is Princess Clementine of Belgium, youngest daughter of Leopold II and Marie-Henriette.

carlota 08-25-2007 05:12 AM

great news! will it be a public or private event? when will it start? hope we see all the dutch princesses, babies and children today!

Marengo 08-25-2007 05:45 AM

It will be private. I expect one or two pictures though, as they did with the baptisms of the children of Marilene and Annette.

marilyne 08-25-2007 10:39 AM

ANP has some pics of the baptism
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morhange 08-25-2007 12:41 PM

Awww :wub: What a precious girl! She has the van Vollenhoven look, looking so much like her daddy! And I think it's so sweet that Pieter and Anita chose their second wedding anniversary as the christening day for their daughter.

I see all the little van Vollenhovens are there, and maybe some of Anita's nieces and nephews? The Dutch RF must be like the Danish RF with the custom of letting the children come up to the font to have a better view.

Princess Robijn 08-25-2007 12:45 PM

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carlota 08-25-2007 01:17 PM

lovely pictures! emma is adorable and her parents and grandparents look absolutely delighted with her. i loved the group picture... wonder if they will release any other pictures with the guests and close family?

Marengo 08-25-2007 03:18 PM

It is rather odd that nobody of the Queens family attended. Maybe they are all still on holidays? Were princesses Irene and Christina there?

Regina 08-25-2007 04:52 PM

Emma is a treasure!!

In this photo ANP Beeldbank (posted by Marilyne) I can see many children close to the baby and carrying candles. Is it a tradition in Dutch Christenings?

Henri M. 08-25-2007 05:03 PM

Yes, it is. This was a very informal and familial baptism ceremony and then often the young children are placed in front to let them witness the baptism.

When Princess Ariane will be baptized (October 20th in The Hague), you can be sure that her sisters Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia, as well her cousins Countess Luana, Countess Zaria, Countess Eloïse, Count Claus-Casimir and Countess Leonore will be close to the vont and stick their fingers in the water.


The baptisms of the children of The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are public events, aired live on television, etc. The other baptisms inside the royal family are quite private affairs.

The candles at the baptism ceremony symbolizes the light of Christ which shines into the new Christian.

crm2317 08-25-2007 06:55 PM

Emma is a real sweetie:wub:. Definately takes after the van Vollenhovens

JessRulz 08-25-2007 09:54 PM

Emma is soo adorable! :wub: She looks exactly like P-C! Does anyone know if there are any photos of Aimee at the baptism? I can only see her in the background of one of the pictures

Kelly 08-25-2007 10:21 PM

She is adorable! Looks like one of the baptisms the spanish royals do, with all the kids around.

bigheadshirmp 08-26-2007 01:50 AM

she looks cute!!!! does anyone have pics of Princess Aimee??? I haven't seen her since the announcement of her pragnancy....

Princess Robijn 08-26-2007 07:17 AM

Aimée wore a black dress with a white bow

magnik 08-26-2007 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by Princess Robijn (Post 657426)
Aimée wore a black dress with a white bow

Yes. Posted by Sander on BRMB

The Benelux Royals Message Board: Pictures from my own

lucien 08-26-2007 08:10 AM


Originally Posted by magnik (Post 657429)

As far as I'm concerned,and I think I know at least one more...he shouldn't have taken the trouble to picture the "Hallo,daar zijn we weer Frogertjes",who btw could have taken the trouble to get a tie...,but great pictures of the wonderfull family.

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