Famous Dutch Historical Personalities

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 1 Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine.
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Famous As: Queen of France & England
Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: Bordeaux
Died: March 31, 1204
Eleanor, the duchess of Aquitaine, became the queen of France after marrying King Louis VII. Their marriage was annulled later. She then married the Duke of Normandy, who became King Henry II of England. Eleanor was imprisoned for supporting a revolt against Henry, and was freed after his death.

 2 William III of England

William III of England.
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Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: November 4, 1650
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Binnenhof, South Holland
Died: March 8, 1702
King William III of England, son of William II, Prince of Orange, was also known as William of Orange. A staunch Protestant, he is remembered for his joint rule with his wife, Queen Mary II, and for his exploits such as the Glorious Revolution and the Nine Years' War.
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 3 Beatrix of the Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013)
Birthdate: January 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands for 33 years. At the time of her abdication in favor of her son, she was the oldest-reigning monarch in the history of the monarchy of the Netherlands. As the queen, Beatrix had a huge impact on the Dutch people and continues to serve as a patron of several organizations.

 4 King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander.
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Willem-Alexander, son of Beatrix of the Netherlands and German-born diplomat Claus van Amsberg, took over as the king of the Netherlands after his mother’s abdication. He has served the Royal Netherlands Navy and been a member of the International Olympic Committee. His interests include sports and water management.

 5 Juliana of the Netherlands

Juliana of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Noordeinde Palace, South Holland, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004

Juliana of the Netherlands was the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980, during which she remained a popular member of the Dutch royal family. Her reign witnessed the decolonization and independence of Suriname and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Several important places, including the Princess Juliana International Airport, are named after her.

 6 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands
Birthdate: August 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 28, 1962

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the only child of the King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, became queen at age 10. While she remained neutral during World War I, she went into exile to England during World War II. Her autobiography revealed her religious devotion.

 7 William III of the Netherlands

William III of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: February 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palace of the Nation, Belgium
Died: November 23, 1890

William III of the Netherlands was the king of the Netherlands for four decades from 1849 to 1890. The son of King William II and Anna Pavlovna of Russia, he ascended to the throne after the death of his father. The king’s behavior was often erratic, and it is speculated he suffered from a mental disorder.

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 8 William II of the Netherlands

William II of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: December 6, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Noordeinde Palace, South Holland, Netherlands
Died: March 17, 1849

William II took over as the king of the Netherlands after his father William I’s abdication. His reign witnessed the transformation of his country into a parliamentary democracy through the constitution of 1848. With F.A. van Hall as the finance minister, he helped his country attain a surplus.

 9 William I of the Netherlands

William I of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: First King of the Netherlands
Birthdate: August 24, 1772
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: December 12, 1843

William I of the Netherlands reigned as the king of the Netherlands from 1815 to 1840. Before declaring himself King of the Netherlands, William I had an influential career in the military. In 1790, he was made the Dutch States Army's general of infantry where he served under his father William V, who served as Captain-General. 

 10 William II, Prince of Orange

William II, Prince of Orange
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: May 27, 1626
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 6, 1650

 11 Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld

Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
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Famous As: Prince consort
Birthdate: June 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jena, Germany
Died: December 1, 2004

 12 Maurice, Prince of Orange

Maurice, Prince of Orange
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625

 13 Louise of the Netherlands

Louise of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 5, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 30, 1871

 14 Sophie of Württemberg

Sophie of Württemberg
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: June 17, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: June 3, 1877

 15 William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg

William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
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Famous As: Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
Birthdate: April 10, 1487
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: October 6, 1559

 16 Charlotte of Bourbon

Charlotte of Bourbon
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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: 1546 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: May 5, 1582

 17 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands

Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 18, 1774
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: October 12, 1837