- Princess Christina of the Netherlands
Princess Christina Princess Christina of the Netherlands Spouse Jorge Pérez y Guillermo
(m. 1975; div. 1996)
Issue Bernardo Guillermor />Nicolás Guillermo
Full name Maria Christina Father Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld Mother Queen Juliana of the Netherlands Born 18 February 1947
Dutch Royal Family
- HRH The Prince of Orange *
HRH Princess Máxima *
- HRH Prince Friso
HRH Princess Mabel
- HRH Prince Constantijn *
HRH Princess Laurentien *
Princess Maria Christina of the Netherlands (born 18 February 1947), Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld, is the youngest of four daughters born to Queen regnant Juliana of the Netherlands and her Prince consort Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.
She was born Maria Christina (Marijke) at Soestdijk Palace, The Netherlands. Among her godparents was Winston Churchill. Her mother had contracted German measles during her pregnancy and as a result, the Princess was born nearly blind. Over time, advances in medicine allowed for treatments that, with the aid of special glasses, brought about an improvement in her vision so that she could attend school and live a relatively normal life. Despite this initial handicap, she was a brilliant and happy child, with a considerable talent for music. She also had a capacity for languages and as a young girl delighted the visiting President of the French Republic René Coty, by conversing fluently with him in the French language.
Princess Christina of the Netherlands could claim British nationality because of her descent from Sophia, Electress of Hanover. Her British nationality is based on 'The Act for the Naturalization of the Most Excellent Princess Sophia, Electress and Duchess Dowager of Hanover, and the Issue of her Body' from 1705. This Act was repealed in 1948 and is no longer in force, but that was after her birth.
Princess Christina of the Netherlands is a direct descendant of Sophia, Electress of Hanover via her grandson King George II of Great Britain's daughter Anne, Princess of Orange, Fürstin of Nassau née Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Braunschweig and Lüneburg, The Princess Royal (1709–1759).
In 1963, Princess Marijke changed to using her second name, Christina. Pursuing her gift for music, at age 21 she moved to Canada to study classical music in Montreal. After a few years, she accepted a teaching position at a Montessori school in New York City. There, living an ordinary life under the name Christina van Oranje, the Dutch Princess met and fell in love with a Havana-born Cuban exile named Jorge Pérez y Guillermo, himself a teacher for the Addie May Collins Shelter of Harlem and a former hotelier. Mr. Guillermo was born in Havana on 1 August 1946. He is the son of Federico Gilberto Pérez Castillo and wife Edenia Mercedes Guillermo y Marrero, who died in Florida in 2002.
Although societal attitudes were changing, because Mr. Guillermo was a Roman Catholic, it was still possible that any marriage could cause another public scandal in the Netherlands such as the one that occurred in 1964 when her sister, Princess Irene married the Catholic Carlos Hugo of Bourbon, Duke of Parma. Accordingly, Princess Christina, at that time ninth in line for the Dutch throne, renounced her and her children's rights to the throne before converting to Catholicism and officially announcing her engagement on St. Valentine's Day, 1975.
Married on 28 June 1975, in the Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht, in The Netherlands, the newlyweds rode through the streets of the city to the cheers of thousands of Dutch citizens. Following their marriage, she and her husband chose to live in New York but later moved to her native land where they built a home on an estate in Wassenaar, near The Hague.
- Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo, (b. Utrecht, 17 June 1977), Married civilly in March 2009 in NYC to Eva Prinz-Valdez, an editor at a prominent publisher. Has a daughter Isabel Christina b. 13 April 2009. Married religiously in September 2009 in New York City.
- Nicolás Daniel Mauricio Guillermo, (b. Utrecht, 6 July 1979)
- Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo, (b. Utrecht, 8 October 1981)
She recorded several CDs and has a Music Foundation in the Netherlands. She sang at her father's funeral and participated in a tribute concert that the CIMA Festival did in Italy for Queen Juliana, under the direction of Jorge Chaminé.
Princess Christina of the Netherlands
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Ancestors of Princess Christina of the Netherlands 16. Julius, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld 8. Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld 17. Countess Adelheid of Castell-Castell 4. Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld 18. Count Leopold of Wartensleben 9. Countess Caroline of Wartensleben 19. Mathilde Halbach 2. Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld 20. Adolf of Cramm 10. Baron Aschwin of Sierstorpff-Cramm 21. Hedwig of Cramm 5. Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm 22. Count Ernst of Sierstorpff-Driburg 11. Baroness Hedwig of Sierstorpff-Driburg 23. Baroness Karoline von Vincke 1. Princess Christina of the Netherlands 24. Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 12. Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 25. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia 6. Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 26. Prince Adolph of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt 13. Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt 27. Princess Mathilde of Schonburg-Waldenburg 3. Juliana of the Netherlands 28. William II of the Netherlands 14. William III of the Netherlands 29. Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia 7. Wilhelmina of the Netherlands 30. George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont 15. Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont 31. Princess Helena of Nassau
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