The Dutch heiress to the throne can marry a woman

In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.


Dutch Crown Princess, Princess Katherine Amalie.

A Dutch monarch can marry anyone he wants, the Dutch prime minister said on Tuesday Mark Rutte. Even if the heiress to the throne took a woman under the yoke of marriage, the throne would still be firmly in her hands.

Rutte thus answered a question that has hung in the air ever since in a recently published book entitled “Amalia, Duty Calls,” the author argued that the legal heiress to the throne would have to relinquish the crown if she married a woman.

“The government believes that the heir to the throne can also marry a person of the same sex. The cabinet therefore does not expect the heir to the throne or the king to have to resign if he wants to marry a partner of the same sex, ” said the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Legal heiress to the Dutch crown, 17 years old Katarina Amalija, the king’s eldest daughter William Alexander and queens Max, is otherwise very mysterious about her private life. What gender her partners are remains a mystery for now.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, wife, queen, Maxima


Dutch King William Alexander with his wife, Queen Maximo.

Rutte, however, pointed out a potential problem that could arise if the heiress to the throne were a lesbian. The question arises as to how a same-sex marriage would affect the subsequent succession of the royal couple’s children. But there is no point in discussing this now, the prime minister is convinced. “It very much depends on the facts and circumstances of the particular case, which you can see if you look at how family law can change over time,” said Rutte.

In the Netherlands, a monarch or heir to the throne cannot marry freely. The choice of his partner must be approved by parliament. In the past, some heirs have renounced the crown because they wanted to marry someone who did not get permission from parliament or because it was clear that the partner was not likely to get that permission.

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