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Old 12-07-2006, 11:27 AM
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The princely villa 'De Eikenhorst'

The Prince of Orange and his family do not live in a palace. They have chosen to live a family-life in their villa De Eikenhorst (The Eyrie in the Oakwoods). I think the Prince wants to have an 'as normal as possible family life' before he assumes the kingship and is 'forced' to use the palaces.

The villa is privately owned by the Prince and is situated on the royal domain De Horsten (The Eyries) in Wassenaar, a residential area just outside The Hague. In 1838 the royal estate De Horsten was bought by Prince Frederik of the Netherlands (1797-1881). After his death the estate went to his youngest daughter Princess Marie, Fürstin zu Wied, Countess zu Isenburg born Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau (1841-1910).

In 1898 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands purchased the estate from Princess Marie.
In 1962 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands inherited the estate.
In 2003 Prince Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange, was given the estate.

Pic, from Hola!, to give you an idea about the paradise-like estate (in one of the Netherlands' most densely populated areas):
Old 12-07-2006, 12:30 PM
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I wore those dresses, too, but then I am from Bavaria... Anyway I think both girls look really cute and you can really see that they are sisters, there is a similarity, especially because of the eyes!!
Old 12-07-2006, 01:34 PM
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:08 AM
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She looks like such a dignified and grown-up little girl in the first picture! It's amazing how much time has passed. I still remember checking this forum for the countdown to her birth! Happy Birthday to the little princess with many, many happy more to come!
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:52 PM
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These are beutiful photos of these two!

Little late but all the best for Amalia
Old 12-11-2006, 09:49 AM
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Would you just look at her! She's adorable! The picture with her and her sister is perfect. I hope that she had a wonderful birthday!
Old 12-11-2006, 11:49 AM
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Pattern in the royal house

It is hard to imagine how Princess Catharina-Amalia will grow up. There seems to be a sort of pattern in the Netherlands Royal House of the last 120 years:

- the strict and formalistic Queen Wilhelmina
- the goodnatured and let-it-go Queen Juliana
- the strict and formalistic Queen Beatrix
- the goodnatured and let-it-go King Willem IV Alexander?
- the strict and formalistic Queen Catharina-Amalia?

The successive Sovereigns seems to have the habit to mark a difference with their predecessor. In Queen Juliana's case, she thought her mother's style of kingship did not fit in the second half of the 1900's. In Queen Beatrix' case she found that a renewed distance, style and grandeur was needed after the 'too common' period of her mother. In Prince Willem-Alexander we probably see he wants to loosen things a bit,
à la Queen Juliana. Maybe Princess Catharina-Amalia swings the other way, more à la Beatrix.

Old 12-11-2006, 12:42 PM
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I really can't wait to see Amalia grow older. I mean, now she is adorable, but when she reaches teenage years, can you imagine?! She'll be a little firecracker!
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no pattern there

I don't see a pattern there at all. Queen B is very much unlike Wilhelmina and WA certainly is not a replica of Juliana. I think WA is more like his father for instance and also def bits that are now influenced -thank goodness - by Maxima. And Queen B seems to be a mix of Juliana and a tiny bit of Wilhelmina and her father and also greatly influenced by prince Claus.

Not to forget of course that they still majorly each have their own personality and individuality.
Old 12-11-2006, 02:26 PM
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Three years of Princess Catharina-Amalia

In today's episode of 'Blauw Bloed' (Blue Blood) you can see at 05.20 minutes
a WONDERFUL retrospection on the first three years of Princess Catharina-Amalia, it will bring a smile on your face.

Follow the link and choose Windows Media or Real and shuffle to 05.20 minutes
Old 12-11-2006, 04:56 PM
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Thank you for sharing this link Henri. Living in the US, I rarely see any coverage of the European royals. While, I do not speak or understand Dutch, it was easy enough to follow the program. Princess Catharina-Amalia is adorable.
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Originally Posted by Henri M.
No not really, they look more like a sort of dirndl dresses, which are traditional in Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland.

See the link with photo's of dirndl dresses:
Yes it's a Drindl, but they made a little mistake in wearing it. If you are married you knot the bow on your right side and for unmarried persons you knot it on the left side. Catharina-Amalia wears it in the middle.
Old 12-16-2006, 12:52 PM
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She has the cutest voice. I wish I understood the language!
now that the lilacs are in bloom,
she keeps a bowl of lilacs in her room
Old 12-28-2006, 06:31 AM
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Here a youtube video with an item of the EO-programme 'Blauw Bloed' did on the occasion of the 3rd birthday of hereditairy princess Catharina-Amalia:

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Old 12-28-2006, 09:21 AM
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Thank you soooo much Marengo for that link it was ovely to see al the pictures i have seen of little Amalia to come alive. She is such a confident and enthusiastic little girl and i hope she stays that way!!
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Oh I loved this video. This little girl is so lively and full of personality! She is darling
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Today the newspaper 'Telegraaf' had a story on the front page on the nationality of Catharina-Amalia and Alexia. Apperently they can chose to get the Argentinian nationality when they turn 8. For now they are only Dutch.

The article is placed in a broader perspective where members of parlament are working on a law that will make it more difficult for newborn babies to get two nationalities.
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Turn 8 or 18 Marengo?
Is it Argentina or the Netherlands that doesn't accept a second citizenship?
Old 03-06-2007, 09:44 AM
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18 :) For now the Dutch state does accept dual citizenship, but a debate has started last week about this matter. In the present socio/political climate some politicians think it would be a good signal if politicians with dual citizenships would give up one of those, to show their loyalty to the Dutch state. Some parties brought up the status of Maxima, who has dual citizenship to, and now of the two little princesses.
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I think it would be great if the Netherlands would adopt the dual citizenship status. It would be great for the girls! Thanks for the info Marengo.
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