07 December 2010

A Princess at Seven

LECH, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 16: Princess Catharina-Amalia skies at the start of their annual Austrian skiing holiday at the ski resort of Lech am Alberg on February 16, 2009 in Lech, Austria  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

The adorable Princess Catharina Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria of the Netherlands is celebrating her seventh birthday. In a country that has had only queens since 1890 (Wilhelmina then Juliana and now Beatrix), Princess Amalia stands to continue the tradition of grand dames following a masculine interlude by her father, Crown Prince Willem Alexander.

Like most seven-year-olds, Amalia has big plans for her big day. First, a plane will be named for her. Then, the Royal Dutch Navy Choir will present its annual Princess Amalia concert at The Hague. But, little Amalia will miss the parties: it is, after all, a school night, even for princesses.
Feb. 23, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - epa02050812 Left to Right: Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane, Princess Catharina-Amalia, their mother Princess Maxima and their father Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands watch the Men's 10000 m Speed Skating at the Richmond Olympic Oval for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Vancouver, Canada, 23 February 2010. On the back row, Queen Sonja (2nd L) and King Harald V (3rd L partly visible) of Norway.

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