Friday, October 11, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands

Prince Constantijn Christof Frederik Aschwin of The Netherlands was born 11 October 1969, the third and youngest son of Queen Beatrix and the late Prince Claus of the Netherlands {Source}.He has two older brothers, KingWilliem-Alexander and Prince Friso {Source}.
 His godparents were {Source}:
  •  King Constantine II of Greece
  • Prince Aschwin zu Lippe-Biesterfeld
  • Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche-Streithorst
  • Max Kohnstamm
  • Mrs. Corinne de Beaufort-Sickinghe. 

Presently, he is 4th in line for the Dutch throne after his three nieces. If something should happen to his brother and sister-in-law before Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje becomes of legal age, he will act as regent for her {Source}.


He studied law at Leiden University, and became a lawyer {Source}. He worked in Belgium, for the department of Dutch European Union Commissioner of Foreign Relations {Source}. After that, he was hired by the EU where he worked in various capacities until December 1999 {Source}. In December 2000, he obtained a MBA from INSEAD in France {Source}. He spent that summer working for International Finance Corporation of the World Bank group in Washington, D.C. {Source}. He worked until late 2002 for strategic consultants Booz Allen Hamilton in London {Source}. Since 2003 he has worked for the RAND Corporation Europe in Brussels {Source}. Furthermore, he has a part-time position at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs {Source}. 

Unlike his older brother, he rarely makes appearances on The Netherlands behalf {Source}. He is an avid sportsman, who enjoys Football, tennis, golf and skiing. He also dabbles a bit in the arts, enjoying drawing, cooking and reading {Source}.

He married Laurentien Brinkhorst civil on 17 May 2001, and religiously on 19 May 2001 {Source}. Together they have three children, two daughters and a son {Source}:

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