It’s Countess Luana’s Birthday! Who is she anyway?

Party in England, because it’s Luana van Oranje-Nassau’s birthday! The eldest daughter of Prince Friso (1968-2013) and Princess Mabel can blow out eighteen candles today. For this special birthday, we investigated who Luana van Oranje actually is.


Luana van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg was born on March 26, 2005 in London. At birth, Luana receives the titles: Countess of Orange-Nassau and Jonkvrouw van Amsberg. She is the fourth grandchild of Princess Beatrix, but does not belong to the Royal Family. Friso and Mabel married in 2004 without parliamentary permission, with the result that Countess Luana is not in the line of succession to the throne.

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Countess Luana grows up in the British capital London together with her younger sister Zaria. Despite the fact that the family lives abroad, the family often visits each other. Friso and Mabel regularly make trips to the Netherlands and in 2012 the royal family visited the family in England during the Olympic Games.

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WA, Maxima, Luana, Alexia, Amalia Olympic Games London 2012
Lech 2011: Prince Friso with his wife Mabel and daughters Luana and Zaria.  This photo was taken a year before the accident during the winter sports holiday.

The family of Friso and Mabel during their winter sports holiday in Lech, 2011.

Luana’s father, Prince Friso, falls victim to an avalanche on February 17, 2012 in the ski resort of Lech, Austria. The Countess is six years old at that time. After treatment in the intensive care unit of the Landeskrankenhaus in Innsbruck, the prince will be transferred to London in early March 2012 for further treatment.

In July 2013, he was taken to Huis ten Bosch Palace in the Netherlands. Here he died on August 12, 2013 from the consequences of the accident. The prince was buried in a small circle at the cemetery of the Stulpkerk in Lage Vuursche. A special private memorial service will be held a few months later. We see Luana and her sister in these moments at the side of their mother and grandmother.

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Harald was present in 2013 during the funeral of Prince Friso in Lage Vuursche.

In 2018 we see Luana in public for the last time. The family gathers at the Royal Palace on Dam Square to celebrate Princess Beatrix’s 80th birthday in a private circle. For the occasion, photos of the princess with all her eight grandchildren are also taken. The photo session takes place at Kasteel Drakensteyn, the home of Princess Beatrix.

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Princess Mabel with her daughters Luana and Zaria for Princess Beatrix's birthday in 2018.

Princess Mabel with her daughters Luana and Zaria for Princess Beatrix’s birthday in 2018.

A portrait of Princess Beatrix with her grandchildren Leonore, Eloise, Alexia, Luana, Zaria, Ariane, Catharina-Amalia and Claus-Casimir photographed at Drakensteyn Castle on the occasion of her eightieth birthday.

Last November we see another photo of Luana appear. Count Claus-Casimir, the son of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, posts a photo with his niece on Instagram.

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Claus-Casimir in Luana 2022


Likes to ski or sail, the countess was raised sporty. She and her family can often be found on skis, such as during the annual holidays in Lech, Austria.

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Princess Beatrix poses with her grandchildren Eloise, Amalia, Luana, Alexia, Leonore, Zaria, Ariane and Claus-Casimir during the annual winter sports photo session in Lech (2014).

Besides skiing, Luana is also crazy about sailing. At school she is active in the sailing club. In fact, she is so good that she won the Itchenor Schools Championships on behalf of her school in 2022. More than thirty schools from all over England participate in the sailing competition every year. Luana also enjoys being on the water with her family. In August 2015, the royal family sails along on De Groene Draek during Sail Amsterdam.

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She likes not only sports, but also art. A hobby she shares with her grandmother Beatrix. She made several artworks for a school project. The Countess goes to school just outside the English capital.

Photos: ANP / @clausvanoranje