The Royal Houses (3/9): The House of Orange-Nassau
Country: The Netherlands
Current Head: His Majesty King Willem-Alexander
Parent House: House of Nassau
The house of Orange-Nassau dates back to the 16th century when it was founded by William the Silent, then governor of Holland. William was a member of the House of Nassau. When he took control of the principality of Orange he combined the titles to create the House of Orange-Nassau. After the fall of Napoleon’s empire, the Netherlands became a monarchy in 1815. William the Silent’s line had died out so William I, a descendent of William the Silent’s brother, took the throne and adopted the Orange-Nassau name. The Netherlands is still reigned over by William I’s line today; King Willem-Alexander is William’s great-great-great-great grandson. Additionally, Willem-Alexander is the current head of the German noble House of Amsberg through his father Claus. Unfortunately this title will not be inherited by the King’s daughter and heir Princess Catharina Amalia as the House of Amsberg can only be led by males. The Orange-Nassau title can be found in the names of many Dutch royals including Princess Mabel and the children of Prince Constantijn.