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Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, is the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At just 17-years-old, the young Dutch royal is now set to be appointed to the country’s Council of State.

Amalia will turn 18 on December 7, with the Princess able to take her seat in the Council of State the next day.

Members of the Royal House who have a seat on the Council of State’s Advisory Division may take part in discussions, but they may not vote.

According to historian Trond Norén Isaksen, Amalia will received her seat in a ceremony in the ballroom of Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague.

The Princess is also expected to make her first public speech.

In a Facebook post, Mr Norén Isaksen said: “There will also be speeches by her father, King Willem-Alexander, who is President of the Council of State, and the Vice President, Thom de Graaf.

“The Council of State is a body which advises the Dutch cabinet and parliament on legislation and governance and is also the country’s highest administrative court.

“The King’s role as president of the council is, however, purely symbolic, and it is the Vice President who leads its day-to-day work and presides over its regular meetings.

“Unlike other heirs of her generation, the Princess of Orange has so far kept a very low profile and carried out no public engagements except accompanying her parents on the national day.

“This will inevitably begin to change when she reaches her majority on December 7.”

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It comes after Amalia announced this year she will waive her right to a yearly income of £1.4million.

In a letter published by the Dutch public broadcaster, NOS, she said: “On December 7, 2021, I will be 18 and, according to the law, receive an allowance.

“I find that uncomfortable as long as I do not do anything for it in return, and while other students have a much tougher time of it, particularly in this period of coronavirus.”

Amalia said she intended to take a gap year and then begin her undergraduate studies.

She said she would repay the €300,000 a year income she was entitled to as long as she was still a student, and would not claim €1.3m in expenses “until I incur high costs in my role as Princess of Orange”.


The day before the Princess of Orange turns 18, a documentary about the royal will be released.

The programme ‘Princess Amalia: Teenager on the way to the throne’ will air in the Netherlands on Net5 and give insight into the life of the future queen by talking to those closest to her.

The show is said to offer “unique insight” and “candid conversations” on topics ranging from her childhood to social media.

The Princess does not have any public social media accounts at the moment.

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