Princess Christina of the Netherlands
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WHO WAS PRINCESS CHRISTINA OF THE NETHERLANDS?

Princess Christina’s Early Years

Princess Maria Christina of the Netherlands was born on 18 February 1947 as the youngest of four daughters of the then Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. The Princess born at Soestdijk Palace, Baarn Netherlands.

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Princess Juliana holding Princess Maria Christina.

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Baby Princess Maria Christina of the Netherlands.

Her mother Princess Juliana had contracted rubella during her pregnancy and as a result, Christina was born nearly blind.

Princess Christina had three older sisters: Princess Beatrix (1938), Princess Irene (1939) and Princess Margriet (1943). Christina was a happy child, with a considerable talent for music. She joined the Scouts as a young girl.

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Prince Bernhard and Princess Juliana with their children Princesses Beatrix, Irene, Margriet, and Maria Christina.

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Princess Maria Christina at the center with her little fellow Scouts, helps to decorate the tables with baubles that they made for Easter, on March 21, 1956 in Huizen, Netherlands.



Christina’s first name was Maria (Dutch: Marijke) but the princess decided in 1963 to changed her name to her second name, Christina.

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Profile portrait of Princess Christina of the Netherlands on her 17th birthday.

Princess Christina reached the age of majority on 18 February 1965. In that year she was officially allowed to participate in the State Opening of Parliament on Prinsjesdag, for the first time.

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Official birthday portrait of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, issued by the Dutch Royal Court on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

At the weddings of her sisters Princess Beatrix (1966) and Princess Margriet (1967), Christina was one of the bridesmaids.

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Princess Christina at the wedding of Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to Claus von Amsberg (1926 – 2002) at the Town Hall in Amsterdam, Holland, 10th March 1966.

In 1968 at the age of 21, Princess Christina moved to Canada to study classical music in Montreal.

Later, she accepted a teaching position at a Montessori school in New York City. However, Princess Christina still regularly came to the Netherlands on special occasions.

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Princess Christina’s Marriage

While living in New York, the Princess met Cuban exile named Jorge Pérez y Guillermo.

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Princess Christina of the Netherlands and her fiance Jorge Guillermo with her parents Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard following the announcement of their engagement, outside Palace Soestdijk, Utrecht, February 14th 1975.

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On 28 June 1975, Princess Christina married Jorge Guillermo in a civil ceremony in Baarn and then religiously in an ecumenical ceremony in the Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht.

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The wedding of Princess Christina of the Netherlands and Jorge Guillermo, with Queen Juliana, Mrs Guillermo and Prince Bernhard behind the happy couple.

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Princess Christina’s Children

After their wedding, the Princess and her husband settled in New York and have three children:

  • Bernardo Federico Tomás (17 June 1977)
  • Nicolás Daniel Mauricio (6 July 1979)
  • Juliana Edenia Antonia (8 October 1981)
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Juliana Guillermo and her mother Princess Christina of the Netherlands.

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Princess Christina’s daughter Juliana Edenia Antonia.

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Dutch Princess Christina and son Bernardo Guillermo.

In 1984 the family moved to the Netherlands where they built Villa Eikenhorst  in Wassenaar, near The Hague.

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General view of Villa Eikenhorst.

The Princess gave her name to a foundation for young musicians in 1990. The Edith Stein Competition was then called the Princess Christina Competition (Dutch: Prinses Christina Concours). She was a member of the Advisory Committee of the foundation. The competition seeks to introduce Dutch children to music and encourage them to develop their talents.

Christina converted to Roman Catholic Church 1992. On Easter Monday that year, Cardinal Willebrands gave her the Holy Confirmation.

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Princess Christina’s Divorce

In 1994, Princess Christina filed for divorce. Two years later that was a fact. Princess Christina and Jorge Guillermo divorced on 25 April 1996. The Princess returned with her children to live in the United States.

She also had an apartment on the grounds of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.

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Princess Irene holds the hands of Prince Bernhard and Princess Christina at the wedding of Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta February 2, 2002 in Amsterdam.



Princesss Christina as Singer

Christina acted as a singer at various events in the Dutch Royal Family:

  • The baptism of her niece Princess Maria Carolina Christina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala.
  • The baptism of her son Nicolás Guillermo.
  • The funeral of her parents, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.
  • The wedding of her cousin Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau.
  • The wedding of her son Bernardo.
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Princess Margriet and Princess Christina arrived at the funeral of their mother former Queen Juliana.



Princess Christina Recent Years

In recent years, Princess Christina took an interest in dance therapy and sound therapy. In the Netherlands she worked with the Visio foundation.

Visio welcomes anyone with questions about being partially sighted or blind. Visio provides information and advice as well as different services related to research, counselling, rehabilitation, education and living. These services are for partially sighted or blind people, also if these people suffer from intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities. People who are personally or professionally involved with partially sighted or blind people can also turn to Visio for information and professional development

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Princess Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, Princess Christina of The Netherlands and Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme.

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Princess Christina of The Netherlands attended a concert performed by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen at the Palazzo Colonna on June 21, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Princess Cristina died at 72

In the fall of 2017, the Princess was diagnosed with bone cancer. The Government Information Service on behalf of the Royal Family announced this in June 2018.

Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of the Netherlands died on Friday morning 16 August 2019 at Noordeinde Palace complex in The Hague. The Princess was 72 years old.

“We are saddened by the passing of our dear sister and aunt. Christina was a striking personality with a warm heart. With her musical drive and talent she managed to touch many. We cherish the many beautiful memories of her”.

Willem-Alexander, Máxima and Beatrix

Princess Christina will be cremated. Her remains will be taken to Fagel’s Garden Pavilion in the grounds of Noordeinde Palace, where close friends and family will pay their last respects. The service will be held in private.



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