The King in the Netherlands is Willem-Alexander who was born in Utrecht to Princess Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg (German diplomat) on 27th April 1967. Countries of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean Netherlands), Curacao, Aruba, and Saint Maarten all come under his kingship. He heads the Dutch royal house and the House of Amsberg as well.
Life and Education
William was the eldest child among the 3 children on Princess Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg. The other two brothers are Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, (1968-2013), and Prince Constantan of the Netherlands, born in 1969. Since his birth, he enjoyed various titles such as Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau and Jonkheer of Amsberg.
William studied primary classes at Nieuwe Baarnse Elementary School in Baarn from 1973 to 1979 and secondary classes at three different schools; Baarns Lyceum in Baarn, Eerste Vrijzinnig Christlike Lyceum in The Hague and United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. He practised in the Royal Netherlands Navy for 2 years and then further studied history at the Leiden University.
The dutch king: Social Interests and Royal Duties
At the age of 18, William became a member of the Council of State of the Netherlands (highest Dutch Government council chaired by head of state). He enjoyed the patron-ship of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee until 1998 after which he was made a member of the International Olympic Committee.
King William had been involved in the sports issues and the water management being a member of the World Commission on Water and sponsor of the Global Water Partnership (established by the World Bank, the UN, and the Swedish Ministry of Development.)
Furthermore, he earned the following designations and titles too:
- Member of the supervisory board of De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch central bank),
- Member of the Advisory Council of ECP (the information society forum for government, business and civil society),
- Patron of Veterans' Day
- His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
- His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange
- His Majesty The King
Reign of the king in the netherlands
On 3th April 1980, he became the Prince of Orange and heir to the throne of Netherlands when his mother became the queen regnant and later on 30th April 2013, William was declared as the King when his mother renounced her throne(28th January 2013). Queen Beatrix signed the Instrument of Abdication at 10.07 am in the Moseszaal at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
William is the first male monarch of the Netherlands following the death of his great-great-grandfather King William III and Europe’s second youngest since his succession at age 46.
Marriage and Family
William got married to Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and has 3 daughters, Catharina-Amalia, (Princess of Orange, born in 2003), Princess Alexia (born in 2005), and Princess Ariane (born in 2007).
William is fascinated by sports. He also flies aircrafts and owns a licence for that. To maintain it, William usually flies the KLM City hopper’s Fokker 70s or the Dutch royal airplane. To practise his passion, he participated as a volunteer at the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya, and in 1991 he spent a month flying for the Kenya Wildlife Service.