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Royal couple goes home with new-born princess
27 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima and her husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, have returned to their home in Wassenaar with the latest edition to their family.
The healthy child weighed in at 3,490 grammes and was 50 centimetres in length at birth at 2.40pm on Sunday.
Argentine-born Maxima and the child, who has yet to be named, were kept overnight in Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Although this did not happen when Princess Maxima had Princess Amalia in 2003, the Government Information Service (RVD) stressed that that there are no medical problems.
In about 90 percent of cases mother and child stay in hospital, the RVD said, and Amalia's birth was the "exception that proved the rule".
The royal couple and the child have now returned to Wassenaar, news agency ANP reported on Monday morning.
Four hours after the birth, Willem-Alexander appeared at the front door of the hospital carrying the baby. "Here she is," he announced as he showed off his second "offspring" to the media.
Asked what he and his Argentine-born wife, Princess Maxima, intend to name the latest addition to the family, the prince revealed they "had not quite decided yet".
The child was wearing the same dress that both he and Amalia wore when they were new-born.
Queen Beatrix rushed back from an engagement in Germany to see her new granddaughter.
Maxima's parents came to the Netherlands last week and visited their daughter shortly after the birth. Her mother had 18-month-old Princess Amalia with her.
"It took some effort to convince Amalia that she couldn't go to the swimming pool," Prince Willem-Alexander said. Initially, Amalia looked attentively at her new sister and then stroked her head lovingly.