Saturday, April 27, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Williem-Alexander of Orange (Soon to be King Williem-Alexander I of The Netherlands)

Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange was born 27 April 1967, the eldest child of Queen Beatix and Prince Claus{Source}. He has two younger brothers, Prince Friso and Prince Constanjn of The Netherlands{Source}. He was baptized as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church on 2 September 1967 in Saint Jacob's Church in The Hague. His godparents are{Source}:

Prince Willem-Alexander attended Nieuwe Baarnse Elementary School in Baarn from 1973 to 1979{Source}. He went to three different high schools{Source}: 
 After high school he performed military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987{Source}. He received his training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, where he was an ensign{Source}. In 1988, he received additional training at the ship HNLMS Van Kinsbergen and became a lieutenant (junior grade){Source}. 

From 1987-1993, the heir to the Dutch throne attended Leiden University, where he studied history{Source}. 

Since the announcement of his mother's abdication, he has renounced several of his international responsibilities in order to focus on being the first king of The Netherlands in 100 years. He held several national and international positions, including{Source}:
  • Honorary member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century 
  • Patron of the Global Water Partnership
  • Chairperson of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, Raad van State
  •  He holds commissions in the Dutch Army (as brigadier), Navy (as commandeur) and Air Force (as commodore)
  • He was patron of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee until 1998 until he was inducted as a member of the International Olympic Committee. 

He is an avid sportsman. Using the name "W.A. van Buren", one of the less well-known titles of the House of Orange-Nassau, he has participated in the New York City Marathon, where his aunt, Princess Christina, and several cousins live{Source}. In the Netherlands, he was a participant in the Frisian Eleven Cities ice skating marathon, aka the Elfstedentocht. The Prince was seen cheering on the Netherlands' national football team during their hosting year, at Euro 2000, always wearing an orange vest. Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife traveled to South Africa to support the national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup{Photos}.

He married Argentine Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971) at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 2 February 2002. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:

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