Famous Dutch Historical Personalities

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 1 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.

 2 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.

 3 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The queen consort of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima is the daughter of Argentine politician Jorge Zorreguieta. She initially worked in the sales departments of HDFC and Deutsche Bank. She apparently didn’t know she was meeting a prince when she met her husband, King Willem-Alexander, at the Seville Spring Fair.

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 4 Juliana of the Netherlands

Juliana of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80)
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, 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.

 5 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948)
Birthdate: August 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 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.

 6 William I of the Netherlands

William I of the Netherlands
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands (1815-1840)
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. 

 7 William III of the Netherlands

William III of the Netherlands
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands (1849-1890)
Birthdate: February 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: 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 of the Netherlands (1840-1849)
Birthdate: December 6, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Hague, 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 V, Prince of Orange

William V, Prince of Orange
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 8, 1748
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: April 9, 1806

William V, Prince of Orange served as the last stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from 1751 to 1795. He also ruled the Principality of Orange-Nassau from 1751 until his death on 9 April 1806. 

 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

William II, Prince of Orange served as the Stadtholder of Holland, Guelders, Utrecht, Zeeland, Groningen, and Overijssel in the United Provinces from 1647 until his death in 1650. William's only son William III ruled over England, Ireland, and Scotland.

 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

Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld was a German-born nobleman who achieved popularity after marrying Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. The couple had four children including Beatrix who served as the Queen of the Netherlands between 1980 and 2013. Bernhard is also remembered for his work as a combat pilot during World War II. He also helped establish the World Wildlife Fund.

 12 Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor

Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: monarch, writer, composer
Birthdate: October 31, 1165
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nijmegen
Died: September 28, 1197

Henry VI of the Hohenstaufen dynasty was the Holy Roman Emperor in the 12th century. He was also the king of Germany and of Sicily, the latter through his marriage to Constance I. He failed in his attempt to make the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor a hereditary monarchy.

 13 Robert I, Duke of Parma

Robert I, Duke of Parma
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: July 9, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: November 16, 1907

 14 Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Anna Pavlovna of Russia
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: January 18, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 1, 1865

Born as the youngest daughter of Paul I of Russia, Anna Pavlovna was given in a political marriage to William II of the Netherlands, becoming the Queen Consort when her husband ascended the throne. Never at home in Netherlands, which was more egalitarian than Russia, she always identified herself as a Russian Grand Duchess rather than as a Dutch queen.

 15 John William Friso

John William Friso
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: August 14, 1687
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dessau, Germany
Died: July 14, 1711

John William Friso, the Prince of Orange, succeeded William III of Orange as the stadtholder of the provinces of Friesland and Groningen in the Dutch Republic and remained so until his death. Friso along with his wife, Marie Louise, is noted as the most recent common ancestors of all the currently reigning European monarchs.

 16 Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: November 2, 1709
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: January 12, 1759

 17 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

Maurice, Prince of Orange is remembered for transforming the Dutch army with his modern military strategy and engineering. The second son of William I the Silent, he was part of the Eighty Years’ War with Spain. He passed away shortly before the siege of Breda was completed.

 18 Margarita of Austria

Margarita of Austria
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Famous As: Queen consort of Spain and Portugal
Birthdate: December 25, 1584
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: October 3, 1611

The daughter of Austria’s Archduke Charles II and Mary Anna of Bavaria, Margaret of Austria Queen of Spain, later became the queen of Spain and Portugal by virtue of her marriage to King Philip III of Spain, who was also Philip II of Portugal, Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia.

 19 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

 20 Elizabeth of Rhuddlan

Elizabeth of Rhuddlan
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 7, 1282
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: May 5, 1316

 21 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

 22 William II of Holland

William II of Holland
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: January 31, 1227
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Died: January 28, 1256

 23 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut

Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: July 15, 1401
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Le Quesnoy, France
Died: October 8, 1436

 24 Bertha of Holland

Bertha of Holland
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1055 AD
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Died: October 15, 1094

 25 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

 26 Floris V, Count of Holland

Floris V, Count of Holland
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Famous As: Count of Holland and Zeeland
Birthdate: June 24, 1254
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Died: June 27, 1296

 27 Charlotte of Bourbon

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

 28 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