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King Willem-Alexander

Willem-Alexander was born on 27 April 1967. He was the firstborn of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. His brothers Prince Friso (1968-2013) and Prince Constantijn (1969) followed soon. The eldest son, Willem Alexander succeeded to the throne on 30 April 2013 and is now formally called His Majesty King Willem-Alexander.

  • Willem-Alexander became the reigning monarch of The Netherlands in 2013.
  • King Willem-Alexander is married to Queen Máxima.
  • They have three daughters: Amalia, Alexia and Ariane

King Willem-Alexander’s life

After completing secondary school, the prince fulfilled his military service in the Royal Navy. In 1987 he enrolled at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, where he graduated in History in 1993. He obtained his military pilot license and attended courses at the Netherlands Defence College. An introductory programme compiled especially for Willem-Alexander improved his understanding of Dutch society, the government and justice systems.

Not only was he a very ambitious student, he is also a person who is passionate about sports. At the age of 18, he skated the Elfstedentocht. He decided to participate in the ice skating event after a bet with a friend. Unfortunately, Willem had to ride the tour by himself as his friend was unable to secure a starting permit. Needless to say, his parents awaited him at the finish line.

The world witnessed the fairytale wedding of Prince Willem Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta on 2 February 2002. Their first child Princess Catharina-Amalia was born on 7 December 2003. She was joined by her sisters Princess Alexia on 26 June 2005 and Princess Ariane on 10 April 2007. The family lives on De Horsten Estate in Wassenaar.

Did you know?

King Willem-Alexander once sewed his own wetsuit. He was a member of the RNLI Lifeboat Service, which requires members to sew their own wetsuit.

King Willem with his two dogs

Willem-Alexander’s work

Being a king is more than just occupying the throne. Our king has been and still is a very busy man. Prior to his accession to the throne, Prince Willem-Alexander fulfilled a number of specific functions as well as being committed to many aspects of modern society, such as water management, infrastructure and ICT, sports, and defence.

In his role as the King, he is the Head of State or in other words the inviolable part of the government. He performs government-related tasks, like signing acts, receiving oaths from government officials, and ceremonial tasks. This may involve receiving heads of state and paying state visits, attending jubilee events of important social institutions, or visiting and supporting the victims of national disasters.

Outside of his professional duties, Willem-Alexander loves to spend time with his family. He continues to enjoy ice skating, skiing, horseback riding and running.

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