Born nearly blind in 1947, Maria Christina, princess of Orange-Nassau, was the fourth daughter of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.
"We are saddened at the death of our dear sister and aunt," the royal family said in a tweet.
"Christina had a striking personality and a big heart," said King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and princess Beatrix.
"We cherish the many wonderful memories of her," the message said.
She developed a love of music and song, and a life outside the royal court.
Christina married exiled Cuban teacher Jorge Guillermo in 1975, renouncing her succession rights. They had 3 children before divorcing in 1996.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte remembered the princess as a "warm personality" and voiced his sadness in a statement.
Christina will be cremated privately, the Royal House said. – Rappler.com