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A final meeting of a very special club - the heirs to European thrones and their spouses. This meeting took place on March 2 at Het Loo in Apeldoorn. The heirs and their spouses have meet once a year, similar to the annual meetings among the royal chamberlains. Liechtenstein and Monaco are not included because they are princely states, not monarchies.
It is not a surprise that this meeting took place in the Netherlands. However, it is unlikely that the new Princess of Orange will be included in the annual meeting due to her age.
From left to right: the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, the Duke and Duchess of Brabant and the Crown Prince of Norway.
The Crown Prince of Denmark and the Crown Princess of Norway were unable to attend due to previously scheduled engagements.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have never been members of this special group, largely due to a major age difference between the Prince of Wales and the other European heirs. On April 30, the Prince of Orange will become King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife will be styled as Queen Maxima. Their eldest daughter, Princess Amalia, will become the heiress apparent, and be styled as the Princess of Orange.
Although Willem-Alexander will soon become the Netherlands' head of state, and his wife, as his consort, it seems likely that they will remain close friends to the other heirs to the throne, although from April 30, they will be facing a different protocol than the heirs and their spouses.