Who are the successors to the throne?

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Who are the successors to the throne?

When Prince Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix on 30 April 2013, it will have consequences for the titles and the line of succession. The prince and his wife Princess Máxima will of course be the King and Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, things will change for his children and other members of the family as well.

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When Prince Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix on 30 April 2013, it will have consequences for the titles and the line of succession. The prince and his wife Princess Máxima will of course be the King and Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, things will change for his children and other members of the family as well.

Princess Catharina-Amalia.

According to the Dutch Constitution, which determines the line of succession to the throne, the first in line after Willem-Alexander is his eldest daughter Princess Catharina-Amalia. After that her two younger sisters Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane are next in line. What would happen if they were to refuse?

Third-degree blood relatives

No successor to the throne has ever refused in either Dutch or European history, but if Willem-Alexander’s children decline, Prince Constantijn would be the next eligible blood relative. He would be followed by his children, Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir and Countess Leonore. All in all, blood relatives through the third degree are in the line of succession. The right of succession is nullified only if someone does not ask Parliament for permission to marry.

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