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Princess Margarita, Countess of Colorno

Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma
Countess of Colorno

Spouse Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn (m. 2001; div. 2006)
Tjalling ten Cate (m. 2008)
Julia ten Cate (b. 2008)
Paola ten Cate (b. 2011)
Full name
Margarita Maria Beatriz
Father Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma
Mother Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Born (1972-10-13) 13 October 1972 (age 41)
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Parmese Ducal Family

Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno (Dutch: Margarita Maria Beatrix Prinses de Bourbon de Parme; born 13 October 1972),[1] is the eldest daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma,[2] and is member of the Royal and Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma, as well of the Dutch Royal Family.

Early life

Born in Nijmegen,[1] she is the twin sister of Prince Jaime. She also has an elder brother, Prince Carlos, and a younger sister, Princess Carolina. Her aunt, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, is one of her godparents. She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.

In 1981, her parents divorced.[3] Together with her mother and her siblings she moved from Spain to The Netherlands, to live with her grandparents, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld at Baarn. Later she moved to Wijk bij Duurstede. Margarita studied Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and is an interior decorator. She studied interior architecture in The Hague.

First marriage and controversy

On 19 June 2001, Princess Margarita married the entrepreneur Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn. The civil marriage of the couple took place in Amsterdam,[1] and the Catholic marriage was held in Auch Cathedral (France), presided by Ronald Philippe Bär, the former Bishop of Rotterdam, on 22 September 2001.[4] De Roy van Zuydewijn was however not trusted by the Dutch Royal Family, and the marriage was therefore not attended by its senior members.

In 2003, a series of incidents had become known as the Margarita-affair.[5] In the media Margarita and her husband accused the Dutch Royal House and the Dutch secret service of obstructing the affairs of Fincentives, the company of de Roy van Zuydewijn. They also said that their telephone conversations had been secretly telephone tapped.[6] After some while it was revealed that the Queen's personal Cabinet had indeed ordered an investigation; the right to do so was legally removed from the Queen.

The couple's home was the Bartas Castle in Saint-Georges, Gers, France, but by 2004 the princess was increasingly less seen there and more in Amsterdam. On 13 August 2004, it was revealed that she was filing for a divorce; the official divorce was signed on 8 November 2006. The marriage did not produce any children.

Because of the quarrels between the princess and the Dutch Royal family during the Margarita-affair, she was not welcome at the marriage of her cousin Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange with Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, or at the funeral of her uncle Prince Claus of the Netherlands. However, after her divorce with de Roy van Zuydewijn, the relationship with the Royals steadily improved again.

Second marriage and family

On 3 May 2008, she married Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (born 23 December 1975, in Dordrecht), a lawyer at The Dutch Bank.[7] Together they have two children:

  • Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (born 3 September 2008 in Amsterdam).[8]
  • Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (born 25 February 2011 in The Hague.)[9]

The family currently lives in Amsterdam.


Royal styles of
Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Already a Ducal Princess from birth, her father bestowed on 2 September 1996 the substantive title Contessa di Colorno (Countess of Colorno) upon her.[10][11] The same year she was incorporated into the Dutch Nobility by Queen Beatrix, with the highest noble title Prinses de Bourbon de Parme (Princess of Bourbon-Parma) [12] and styled Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid (Her Royal Highness). She does not belong to the House of Orange-Nassau or the limited Dutch Royal House, but as a granddaughter of Queen Juliana and niece of Queen Beatrix, she is an official member of the more extended Dutch Royal Family.[13]


Princess Margarita is:[14]



External links

  • Official website of the House of Bourbon-Parma

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