christina princess
Christina of the Netherlands

The life of Princess Christina of the Netherlands

At the end of August 1946, after the Dutch royal family were all reunited in the Netherlands after the Second World War, a press release announced that Princess Juliana would have to limit her duties due to “happy circumstances.” She was pregnant for the fourth time, but she was worried about the pregnancy because she [read more]

wilhelmina henry
Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

The wedding of Queen Wilhelmina and Duke Henry

On 7 February 1901, the young Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands married Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He was one of three candidates who had been considered for the young Queen. Any British candidates had been vetoed because of the Boer War, and even Emperor Wilhelm II butted in and declared that only a German Prince [read more]

Beatrix of the Netherlands

The life of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

On Monday morning 31 January 1938, Queen Wilhelmina’s first grandchild, the future Queen Beatrix, was born at Soestdijk Palace. She was given the names Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, for both her grandmothers. She weighed eight pounds and was 52 centimetres long. Her parents were Queen Wilhelmina’s only surviving child Princess Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard. [read more]

Margriet of the Netherlands

The life of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

After many years of the Dutch succession depending on a single heartbeat, the birth of a healthy third daughter to the heiress presumptive Princess Juliana came as a huge relief. Princess Juliana was Queen Wilhelmina’s only surviving child, and she had given birth to a daughter named Beatrix in 1938 and a daughter named Irene [read more]