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King of the Netherlands (other titles)
Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange.jpg
The (then) Prince of Orange in New York City in 2009
King of the Netherlands
Reign 30 April 2013 – present
Predecessor Beatrix
Heiress apparent Catharina-Amalia
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Born 27 April 1967 (1967-04-27) (age 54)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Spouse Máxima, Queen of the Netherlands (m. 2002)
Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
Princess Alexia
Princess Ariane
Full name
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
House House of Orange-Nassau
House of Amsberg
Father Claus von Amsberg
Mother Princess Beatrix
Religion Protestant

Willem-Alexander (Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand; born 27 April 1967), is the King of the Netherlands. He is the eldest child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. He has been the head of the House of Amsberg since the death of his father in 2002. He served in the Dutch military. He studied history at Leiden University. King Willem-Alexander is interested in international water management issues and sports. He married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002. They have three daughters: Princess Catharina-Amalia (born 2003), Princess Alexia (born 2005), and Princess Ariane (born 2007).

On 28 January 2013, the king's mother announced in a television broadcast that she would abdicate the throne. That made Willem-Alexander, King on 30 April 2013. He is the first king of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather, William III, in 1890.

Titles and styles

  • (1967–1980):His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau
  • (1980-2013):His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of the Netherlands
  • (2013-present):His Majesty The King

He was the first male heir apparent to the Dutch throne since Prince Alexander, son of King William III, who died in 1884. Prince Willem-Alexander had indicated that if he became king, he would take the name William IV, but it was announced on 28 January 2013 that his reign name would be William-Alexander.

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