Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld, was born on 31 January 1938 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn in the Netherlands. She was the first child of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard. Princess Beatrix succeeded her mother as Queen of the Netherlands in 1980. The Princess was married to the German diplomat, Prince Claus with whom she had three sons: King Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn. The eldest, King Willem-Alexander – the Prince of Orange – is King of the Netherlands since 30 April 2013. Princess Beatrix is now also a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren.
Princess Beatrix attended Leiden University where she received a degree in law and an honorary doctorate in recognition of her dedication to freedom and the responsibilities that go with it.
Princess Beatrix has a special bond with the Dutch Caribbean and Dutch Caribbean nature.