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Old 04-28-2021, 11:25 PM
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featuring the visit of the royal family to Eindhoven. I noticed that Alexia has a rather low voice; and in the interview not only expressed that she is happy to be able to follow her own interests (after being asked about her future plans given that Amalia's are much more fixed) but also stressed that of course there are limits to what they can do; so good to see that awareness among the 'sisters' of the future queen.
Is there any sort of expectation of the roles that Alexia and Ariane will have within the Royal Family as adults? My assumption has been that they wouldn’t be very involved at all, based on how things seem to have played out with the current King and his siblings, (although obviously Friso’s death impacted the situation, and I don’t know what things were like when the three siblings were very young adults).

My impression has been that younger royal siblings in The Netherlands are encouraged to follow their own interests and expected to have their own professional lives instead of a significant number of royal duties . I’ve always thought it to be a very practical way of doing things and also a humane way of treating the “extra” royal children.
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Is there any sort of expectation of the roles that Alexia and Ariane will have within the Royal Family as adults? My assumption has been that they wouldn’t be very involved at all, based on how things seem to have played out with the current King and his siblings, (although obviously Friso’s death impacted the situation, and I don’t know what things were like when the three siblings were very young adults).

My impression has been that younger royal siblings in The Netherlands are encouraged to follow their own interests and expected to have their own professional lives instead of a significant number of royal duties . I’ve always thought it to be a very practical way of doing things and also a humane way of treating the “extra” royal children.
In the Netherlands only the present, the future and the former King (+ spouses) receive an income from the State.

That makes the expectation that the sisters of Princess Amalia will chose their own path in life indeed but will incidentally attend some public functions like Prinsjesdag ("State Opening of Parliament"), King's Day and an occasional ceremonial event here or there, like a State Banquet or so.
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But of course they will not want for money.
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But of course they will not want for money.
Princess Irene, Princess Margriet, Princess Christina, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn also never received a cent from the State. When they do engagements in their role as prince (princess) of the Royal House their costs are reimbursed by the King.

For the rest a Foundation was created for the three younger daughters of Queen Juliana, later an identical Foundation was created for the two younger sons of Queen Beatrix. We may assume another identical Foundation will be created for the two younger daughters of King Willem-Alexander.

These (family) Foundations give financial support to the named royals "for functional costs made in their position as daughters of HM Queen Juliana" (Foundation 1968) or "as sons of HM Queen Beatrix" (Foundation 1989). These Foundations are meant to cover costs they make for a function as prince or princess of the House Orange-Nassau (read: not in a function for the Royal House, because that will be reimbursed by the King).

Constantijn attends a State Banquet: costs are reimbursed by the King
Constantijn attends a wedding in Germany: costs are reimbursed by this family Foundation.
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Constantijn attends a State Banquet: costs are reimbursed by the King
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But from where is thje King taking the money he gives to his brother.Most likely from his appanage so in the End it is money from the State which is the right thing for such occasions.
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Old 04-30-2021, 03:19 PM
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Is there any sort of expectation of the roles that Alexia and Ariane will have within the Royal Family as adults? My assumption has been that they wouldn’t be very involved at all, based on how things seem to have played out with the current King and his siblings, (although obviously Friso’s death impacted the situation, and I don’t know what things were like when the three siblings were very young adults).

My impression has been that younger royal siblings in The Netherlands are encouraged to follow their own interests and expected to have their own professional lives instead of a significant number of royal duties . I’ve always thought it to be a very practical way of doing things and also a humane way of treating the “extra” royal children.
Exactly. There is no reason to expect otherwise. Which is consistent with what Alexia said earlier this week: that she is happy to follow her own interests. At the same time, she is aware that she is a princess of the Netherlands and -until Amalia has children- second in line to the throne, so that brings a certain responsibility also in your professional life.

N.B. Friso's death didn't really impact the functioning of the royal house or royal family as since his marriage he was no longer in line to the throne, so had no official position. Mabel and Friso still attended Koningsdag and the award ceremony of the Prins Clausprijs of which Friso remained one of the two chairs; and had 1-2 publicized engagements in the Netherlands a year (not representing the queen). Friso for De Hollandsche Molen (the Dutch Windmill) and Mabel related to HIV/AIDS. Nowadays, Mabel will also attend the award ceremony of the Prins Friso Ingenieursprijs (Prince Friso Engineering Award) together with princess Beatrix; and that's about it.
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But from where is thje King taking the money he gives to his brother.Most likely from his appanage so in the End it is money from the State which is the right thing for such occasions.
It is King's Day, Prinsjesdag, there was a State Banquet from Belgium. And that is it for Prince Constantijn and his spouse. The absolute minimum.I can not think of more royal functions they did. The Prince Claus Awards, the World Press Photo, these costs will be met by these organization of which Prince Constantijn himself is in the board.

The King indeed pays them from the B component of his state income (budget for functional costs) when they represent the Royal House.

When Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien go to a ball at Altshausen, or attend a wedding in Detmold, whatever, their costs are reimbursed by the special Foundation, with capital from the family fortune, because these are private costs while they have "to execute the royal dignity" (read: maintain a certain standard as princes or princesses of the House Orange-Nassau).
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When Ariane and Alexia become of age and want their own home and cars. Will this not be financed by the King and Queen? Outside of paying his bills bd expenses the appanage of the King is his as he wishes no? Whether it is to buy a brand new speedboat or a luxury apartment for his youngest.

I suppose down the line the girls can also look forward to an inheretance from Grandma Beatrix.
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When Ariane and Alexia become of age and want their own home and cars. Will this not be financed by the King and Queen? Outside of paying his bills bd expenses the appanage of the King is his as he wishes no? Whether it is to buy a brand new speedboat or a luxury apartment for his youngest.

I suppose down the line the girls can also look forward to an inheretance from Grandma Beatrix.
The girls are born in a wealthy family. That is for sure. But like their uncles Friso and Constantijn and like their great-aunts Irene, Margriet and Christina, both Alexia and Ariane will not receive an income from the State.

The late Prince Friso made his widow and his daughters very wealthy by smart investments. Princess Mabel probably has more liquid money in her bank account than the King. Bernhard van Vollenhoven is another example of becoming very wealthy by investments, so it will not precisely be a disadvantage for Alexia and Ariane that they can explore the world, do what they want, while their eldest sister, future Queen Catharina-Amalia is in a golden cage for a lifetime.
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The King's Day 2022 will be celebrated in Maastricht, it was announced today:


** koninklijkhuis.nl: Koningsdag 2022 in Maastricht **
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A lovely town. Maastricht was selected for 2020 but the day had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
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Fabulous. That will be the first normal King's Day in years (hoping that COVID has been conquered) and that in a city with a lot of ambiance.
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