Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Royal Profile:Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg

Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg was born 18 June 2006 in London, England, the younger of the two daughters of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of The Netherlands.


She is named:
  • Joanna: After her father
  • Zaria: The Slavonian goddess
  • Nicoline: Her maternal aunt and godmother
  • Milou: For Princess Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) (1688–1765), the wife of Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange, the stadholder of Friesland.

She was christened on 3 February 2007 at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague.

Her godparents are{Source}:

  • King Willem-Alexander I (her paternal uncle)
  • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Nicoline Wisse Smit (her maternal aunt) 
  • Ruben Ameling (friend of her parents)
  • Maria Luz Luano (friend of her parents)
She resided in London with her parents and sister, until after her father's death in August 2012. I believe after her father died, her mother moved her and her sister to The Netherlands to live with their paternal grandmother, but I have no sources to confirm or deny this information. having grown up in London, she likely speaks English, having a Dutch father, she likely speaks some Dutch, she also has a German grandfather, so she may also speak some German.


Due to her father not seeking parliamentary approval to marry her mother, she is not a member of the Dutch Royal House nor in line for the Dutch Throne.

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