Princess Máxima and her new daughter left hospital early on Wednesday morning and returned home to Wassenaar, the state information service RVD said. Earlier, crown prince Willem-Alexander had shown off the baby, born just before 10pm, to reporters who had gathered at the Bronovo hospital in The Hague.
The baby, which has not yet been named, is the couple’s third daughter and queen Beatrix’s eighth grandchild.
Asked how he would cope with being surrounded by four women, the prince said he had managed to get on well with women for the past 40 years. ‘We did not want to know if it was a boy or a girl, we just hoped for a healthy child,’ the prince said.
The baby is Máxima’s third in 42 months. ‘If the first months are anything like last night, we parents will have nothing to complain about. She woke up once,’ the prince said.
Gynaecologist Maddy Smeets said it was a normal birth. ‘The princess did it royally,’ Smeets said. ‘Very controlled and full of confidence with a good attitude and none of that over-the-top, nervous carry-on.’
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