Dutch princess Catharina-Amalia moved from student housing to palace over security concerns

Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia, future Queen of the Netherlands, has moved into a palace in The Hague and ‘can’t really go outside’, in a sharp reversal of her plans to attend college and act like a ‘normal student’ to live.

“This has enormous consequences for her life,” Queen Maxima said at a press conference during a state visit to Sweden on Thursday. “That means she doesn’t live in Amsterdam and can’t really go outside.”

The princess has made efforts to try to live a more normal life, such as forgoing her eligible allowance when she turned 18, a total of approximately $1.9 million a year.

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“I find it uncomfortable as long as I don’t do much for it and other students have it much harder,” Amalia wrote about her decision in a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Her first day at the University of Amsterdam attracted a great deal of public attention. After the initial buzz died down, she saw her safety threatened. Local media reported that Amalia’s name appeared in communications between organized crime gangs, raising fears of an attack or kidnapping, Euronews reported.

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Princess Catharina-Amalia and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on the balcony of the Noordeinde Palace after the opening of the parliamentary year on September 20, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Princess Catharina-Amalia and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on the balcony of the Noordeinde Palace after the opening of the parliamentary year on September 20, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
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The princess will continue to attend classes, but will no longer live in a dorm as she did when she began her education.

“No student life for them like other students have,” the Queen said. “I’m very proud of her and how she keeps everything going.

“It makes me a little bit emotional,” added the Queen. “It’s not nice to see your child live like this. She can go to university, but that’s it.”

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King Willem-Alexander, Amalia’s father, said he found the situation “really very difficult”.

Princess Amalia of the Netherlands begins her studies at the University of Amsterdam with a photocall for the media on September 5, 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Princess Amalia begins her studies at the University of Amsterdam with a photocall for the media on September 5, 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Dutch Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius said she could “guarantee” the security services have been working hard to keep the princess safe, but said she could not share specific details of the security threats.

According to People Magazine, the princess entered college with plans to pursue bachelor’s degrees in politics, psychology, law and economics. After graduating from high school, she completed a gap year to qualify for university.

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