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The Netherlands. The heir to the throne can marry whomever she wants. Prime Minister Mark Rutte answers the parliament’s question

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The Dutch heir apparent, Princess Catherine-Amalia can marry whoever she wants, without fear of losing her right to the crown, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte, answering questions from the Dutch parliament.

The heir to the throne of the Netherlands is 17-year-old Princess Catherine-Amalia, daughter of the King of the Netherlands, William-Alexander. In connection with the recently published book “Amalia, Duty Calls”, the deputies asked Prime Minister Marek Rutte whether persons sitting on the throne could marry someone of the same sex. The book notes that the old rules seem to rule out this possibility, although in the Netherlands same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.


Heir to the Crown Prince Catherine-Amalia (in the center) with her sisters Ariana and AlexiaREMKO DE WAAL / EPA / PAP

In response to inquiries, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that “the government believes that the heir to the throne may also marry a person of the same sex.” “The Cabinet also does not believe that the heir to the throne or the person sitting on it should abdicate if they wanted to marry a person of the same sex” – the Prime Minister informed.

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The Reuters Agency notes that marriages in the royal family require the approval of the Dutch parliament, and in the past there have been occasions when its members resigned from their place in the succession line to marry someone who did not receive MPs’ approval or had little chance of receiving it.

Main photo source: REMKO DE WAAL / EPA / PAP

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