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The Royal Family

Holland is a fairly young monarchy. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1815, and King William I was its first ruler. The first king of Holland was from the House of Orange-Nassau. The origin of Holland’s motto, ‘Je maintiendrai (“I will maintain”)’, the colors of the flag and the national color orange may all be found in the House of Orange-Nassau. Princess Beatrix was the reigning monarch for over 30 years. In 2013 her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, succeeded to the throne.. The monarch has limited power; the King has immunity, but the real power lies with the ministers. The monarch is neutral and does not make pronouncements about political topics.

The King & his family

King Willem-Alexander, Beatrix’s successor since 2013.

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Queen Máxima

Máxima Zorreguieta, the wife of King Willem-Alexander.

Read more about Amalia, Alexia and Ariane, the children of our king and queen.

On April 27, the whole of Holland colors orange when the Dutch celebrate King’s Day. During this national holiday events and celebrations are held throughout the country. Read more

Visit the Dutch Royal Castles

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Het Loo Palace

A majestic palace with fantastic gardens.

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The Royal Palace

A royal palace in the heart of Amsterdam.

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Noordeinde Palace

The working palace of the King Willem-Alexander.

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Drakensteyn Castle

The former residence of Princess Beatrix is just a stone’s throw from Soestdijk Palace.

Huis ten Bosch in The Hague is the residential palace of King Willem-Alexander and his family.