Re: Orange and Nassau
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The Dutch monarchs are members of the house of Orange-Nassau. Queen Juliana was also a member of the house of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen Beatrix was also a member of the house of Lippe if you accept her father as a dynast in that family or a member of the morganatic branch Lippe-Biesterfeld.
The current king is also part of the Dutch noble family Van Amsberg but his official surname is Van Oranje-Nassau. He has the noble style of jonkheer van Amsberg but that is not part of his name, just part of his titles.
This was legally arranged with the marriage law of his parents. His own marriage law made it clear his daughters do not have the noble style of jonkvrouwe van Amsberg unlike their cousins Eloise, Claus-Casimir, Leonor, Luana and Zaria who have the Van Amsberg style as part of their titles.
HRH the Princess of Orange and her sisters don't have the Van Amsberg noble style.
The Dutch like to keep the fiction that they are Orange.
It's the Luxembourgs that want to be called Nassaus.
And the Monacos who like to be named Grimaldis btw
In these instances, these families are heirs of those houses. Grand Duchess Charlotte was the daughter of the last dynast of the ducal family of Nassau; as such her issue are the new or second House of Nassau... but they are still a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon-Parma which itself through several steps is a cadet branch of the Capetian House of France.
In the Netherlands, the fact that the names and titles of members of the family have to repeatedly be decreed through each queen shows that the male line name would otherwise supplant the female one; still, the monarchs of this house of Orange have been the heirs of Orange (gained through an heiress!) and have successively been members also of the houses of Nassau, of Mecklenburg, of Lippe, and of Amsberg!
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