Yes, Prince Willem-Alexander said in a televised interview, his eldest daughter Princess Amalia is well aware of her future role. “She knows she is next”, he said. “She has even asked me how long I think to be King, as to be able to mark the date in her agenda”, he quipped.
Upon the abdication of her grandmother Queen Beatrix, set for 30 April, she will automatically become 'The Princess of Orange' or in Dutch, 'De Prinses van Oranje. Princess Catharina-Amalia, 9, will be the first female heir to the throne with that title. Before only the ‘Crown Prince’ – a title which does not exist in the Dutch monarchy – could be ‘Prins van Oranje’
* The soon to be Princess of Orange (second from left, with her family in the Royal Train)
The title 'Prince of Orange' was traditionally reserved for the eldest son of the monarch. The later queens Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix, although presumptive heirs to the throne, never held that title.
Prince Willem-Alexander became 'The Prince of Orange' on the accession of his mother in 1980; the last one to hold the title had been Prince Alexander, who died in 1884. The Dutch Constitution of 1983 did away with the distinction between male and female heirs, hence the title for Princess Amalia.
© RoyalblogNL Hans Jacobs; Photo by © RPE Albert Nieboer