Princess Alexia of the Netherlands was caught on camera on a protest march in a small town in Wales (Picture: Wales News Service/Getty)
The Princess of the Netherlands was spotted taking part in a demonstration against climate change following COP26.
Princess Alexia – the second oldest child of the Dutch King and Queen – studies at the UWC Atlantic college, which is based at 12th-century St Donats Castle in the small town of Llantwit Major, Wales.
In video footage from last weekend, the 16-year-old can be seen wearing an orange vest and marching alongside around 70 people.
She was holding a cardboard sign showing the Earth in the seaside march, while joining chants of ‘What do we want? Now!’
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: ‘The college’s philosophy is strictly attached to social issues like climate change.
‘However, it has to be remarked that it is extremely unusual to see a royal family member take part in a demonstration so clearly designed to protest something rather than to promote something.’
Princess Alexia is currently studying the International Baccalaureate, a programme that includes six subjects including at least one language.
The private college in Wales costs £33,000 a year and is known as the ‘Hogwarts for Hippies’.
She will be following in her dad’s footsteps, King Willem-Alexander, who also went to UWC Atlantic between 1983 and 1985, and Princess Elisabeth, an heir to the Belgian throne who also attended and graduated in May 2020.
Footage of Princess Alexia during the climate protest march, wearing an orange vest and holding up a sign showing the Earth (Picture: Wales News Service)
UWC Atlantic College is based at St Donat’s Castle, South Wales, in a 12th-century castle set in 122 acres of woodland and farmland, with its own valley and seafront (Picture: Getty)
Princess Amalia of The Netherlands, Princess Alexia of The Netherlands, and Princess Ariane of The Netherlands pose for the media at Huis ten Bosch Palace on July 16, 2021, in The Hague, Netherlands (Picture: Getty)
Princess Alexia pictured with her family: King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Amalia and Princess Ariane (Picture: Getty)
The college said: ‘Our mission is to pride ourselves as a meeting place for the world’s youth, to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.’
They added they ‘educate young change-makers who want to make a difference in their communities, both local and global’.
The statement concluded: ‘At UWC Atlantic, our students are selected based on their promise and potential, regardless of their background.
‘We very much hope they will thrive as part of our deliberately diverse community here in Wales.’
It comes after Alexia’s older sister, Princess Amalia, admitted that she is not ready to become queen of the Netherlands.
According to People magazine, Amalia told biographer Claudia de Breij ahead of her 18th birthday that she told her dad to keep exercising and eating healthily as she doesn’t feel ready to be queen.
She said she would ask her mum to step in should her 54-year-old dad unexpectedly die in the near future.
She also said that if she ‘were not a future queen, she might pursue a career in singing or horseback riding’.
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