Gap year is going well for Amalia: ‘Helps her mature’


The king and queen headed north a little more on the last day to visit Trondheim. The couple ended the day at the beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, where Annemarie spoke to them about the crown princess’ gap year. “I can assure that she is having a great time”, Máxima answered when asked how Amalia is doing now, now in the first half year of her career. gap year sitting on it. “She has met a lot of new people and has learned a lot. And that is exactly what we want, because of course she will be eighteen in December and it is not that you are suddenly an adult. It is a whole process and such gap year helps her see things she wouldn’t see otherwise. We are very proud of her and how she handles that, very independently.”

Willem-Alexander added: “It’s a bit of an internship, a bit of a hobby and working on herself to be able to start her studies even more confidently next year.”

Her eighteenth birthday also means that Amalia is introduced to the Council of State by her father, and thus gets a seat on the Council. And she finds that ‘pretty exciting’, King Willem-Alexander revealed to RTL Boulevard. “It’s one of the formal aspects of her eighteenth birthday, including a speech – she finds that very exciting of course. I thought that too when I turned eighteen so I can understand very well how it feels and will try to give her the best possible to guide.”

Princess Alexia is also not sitting still at the moment. The middle daughter of Willem-Alexander and Máxima started this school year at United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. According to the royal couple, she enjoys it immensely and thinks it is ‘fantastic’. Although it took some getting used to in the beginning: “She suddenly had to do the laundry herself, cook and also follow all the education in English; so it also caused her a lot of tension in the beginning. But with a lot of focus she can do all.”

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Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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