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.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Juliana holding Princess Maria Christina.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Bernhard and Princess Juliana with their children Princesses Beatrix, Irene, Margriet, and Maria Christina.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
Christina’s first name was Maria (Dutch: Marijke) but the princess decided in 1963 to changed her name to her second name, Christina.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
The Dutch royal family on the balcony of the Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague after Queen Juliana’s Speech, 19th September 1967. Left to right: Prince Bernhard (1911 – 2004), Princess Beatrix, Prince Claus (1926 – 2002), Queen Juliana (1909 – 2004), Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Christina and Princess Margriet.
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.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Christina’s Marriage
While living in New York, the Princess met Cuban exile Jorge Pérez y Guillermo.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Christina 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.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
The wedding of Princess Christina and Jorge Guillermo, with Queen Juliana, Mrs Guillermo and Prince Bernhard behind the happy couple.Embed from Getty Images
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).
Juliana Guillermo and her mother Princess Christina.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Christina’s daughter Juliana Edenia Antonia.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
Christina converted to Roman Catholic Church 1992. On Easter Monday that year, Cardinal Willebrands gave her the Holy Confirmation.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.
Princess Margriet and Princess Christina arrived at the funeral of their mother former Queen Juliana.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Christina and son Bernardo.
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.
Embed from Getty Images
“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.”About Visio
Princess Christina attended a concert performed by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen at the Palazzo Colonna on June 21, 2017 in Rome, Italy.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, Princess Christina and Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme.Embed from Getty Images
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 was cremated. Her remains had taking to Fagel’s Garden Pavilion in the grounds of Noordeinde Palace, where close friends and family paid their last respects. The service was held in private.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The hearse carrying the coffin of Princess Christine leaves the royal stables after the funeral ceremony on August 22, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands.
- PRINCESS CHRISTINA OF THE NETHERLANDS’ CHAPELLE ARDENTE
- PRINCESS CHRISTINA OF THE NETHERLANDS FUNERAL
- DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY SUMMER PHOTOCALL 2019
- WHO IS WHO? DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY