List of heirs to the Dutch throne

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This page is a list of heirs to the Dutch throne. The list includes all individuals who were considered to inherit the throne of the Netherlands, either as heir apparent or as heir presumptive, since the constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 16 March 1815. [1] Those who succeeded as King or Queen of the Netherlands are shown in bold. The list also shows who were next in line to the heirs.

Heirs to the Dutch throne
HeirStatusRelationship to monarchBecame heirCeased to be heirNext in line of successionMonarch
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparentEldest son16 March 1815Father became king7 October 1840Father abdicated,
became king
Prince Frederick, 1815–1817, brother William I
Prince William , 1817–1840, son
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparentEldest son7 October 1840Father became king17 March 1849Father died,
became king
Prince William, 1840–1849, son William II
William, Prince of Orange Heir apparentEldest son17 March 1849Father became king11 June 1879Died Prince Maurice, 1849–1850, brother William III
Prince Hendrik, 1850–1851, uncle
Prince Alexander, 1851–1879, brother
Alexander, Prince of Orange Heir apparentYoungest son11 June 1879Brother died21 June 1884Died Prince Frederick, 1879–1881, great-uncle
Princess Wilhelmina , 1881–1884, sister
Princess Wilhelmina Heir presumptiveEldest daughter21 June 1884Brother died23 November 1890Father died,
became queen
Princess Sophie, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1884–1890, aunt
Princess Sophie, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Heir presumptiveAunt23 November 1890Niece became queen23 March 1897Died Hereditary Grand Duke Charles Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1890–1894, son Wilhelmina
Hereditary Grand Duke William Ernest of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1894–1897, grandson
William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Heir presumptiveFirst cousin once removed23 March 1897Grandmother (Sophie) died30 April 1909Daughter born to queen Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1897–1900, brother
Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1900–1909, aunt
Princess Juliana Heir presumptiveEldest daughter30 April 1909Born4 September 1948Mother abdicated,
became queen
William Ernest, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1909–1922, second cousin
none, 1922–1938
Princess Beatrix , 1938–1948, daughter
Princess Beatrix Heir presumptiveEldest daughter4 September 1948Mother became queen30 April 1980Mother abdicated,
became queen
Princess Irene, 1948–1964, sister Juliana
Princess Margriet, 1964–1967, sister
Prince Willem-Alexander , 1967–1980, son
Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange Heir apparentEldest son30 April 1980Mother became queen30 April 2013Mother abdicated,
became king
Prince Friso, 1980–2003, brother Beatrix
Princess Catharina-Amalia, 2003–2013, daughter
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange Heir apparentEldest daughter30 April 2013Father became kingIncumbent Princess Alexia, 2013–present, sister Willem-Alexander

See also


  1. King Willem I (1772-1843) Archived 2009-01-01 at the Wayback Machine .. The Dutch Royal House. Retrieved on 2008-07-08.