Irene of the Netherlands

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Princess Irene
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Princess Irene in 2015
Born (1939-08-05) 5 August 1939 (age 80)
Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands
Spouse
Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma
(m. 1964; div. 1981)
IssuePrince Carlos Xavier, Duke of Bourbon-Parma
Princess Margarita, Countess of Colorno
Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi
Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala
Full name
Irene Emma Elisabeth
HouseOrange-Nassau
FatherPrince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
MotherJuliana of the Netherlands
ReligionRoman Catholicism,
prev. Calvinism

Princess Irene of the Netherlands (born Irene Emma Elisabeth; 5 August 1939) is a Dutch royal and environmentalist. She is the second child of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

Titles[change | change source]

  • 5 August 1939 – 29 April 1964: Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld
  • 29 April 1964 – 15 November 1974 : Her Royal Highness Princess Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma
  • 15 November 1974 - 7 May 1977: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Piacenza
  • '7 May 1977 – 7 January 1981: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Parma
  • 7 January 1981 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld[1][2]

The Princess used the following names since her divorce:

  • Princess Irene of Lippe-Biesterfeld[3]
  • Mrs (Mevrouw) van Lippe-Biesterfeld.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Princess Irene Archived 26 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine - website of the Dutch Royal House
  2. Wet lidmaatschap Koninklijk Huis art. 10: "Those who carry titles and names enforced by the Royal orders of 26 october 1937 (Stb. 1937, no. 5) en 2 januari 1967 (Stb. 1967, no. 1) retain these"
  3. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIII. "Niederlande". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1987, pp. 85-86.
  4. Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XV. "Niederlande". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1997, p. 75.