Our third young royal lady is Catharina-Amalia The Princess of Orange, who is the Heir Apparent of her father King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands. Like her two cohorts, abdication moved her into her current position, but in this case it was her grandmother who stepped down following what has become an established retirement tradition for Dutch monarchs over the last century. Amalia's granny Queen (now Princess) Beatrix was the third Reigning Queen in a row, and she was the third to voluntarily relinquish her throne. Unlike Leonor and Elisabeth, whose mothers are both native to their countries, Amalia has a more exotic background--her mum, the exuberant and brightly dressed Queen Maxima--hails from Argentina. She is the first woman born in the New World to serve as a European consort. Although ten-year-old Amalia did not have to worry about being superceded by a little brother, she has two little sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. In fact, in the last four generations of the Dutch royal family, princes were only born in her dad's generation.
Elsewhere in Europe, where the current heirs are adults, the throne of Sweden will pass next to a woman Crown Princess Victoria followed by her daughter Princess Estelle and the heir-in-waiting after Crown Prince Haakon in Norway is another little girl, his daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra. At least George will have one male colleague on the continent: the junior heir in Denmark (after Crown Prince Frederik) is a boy, Prince Christian.