Friday, December 25, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 25 December 1969 as the son of Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has one older brother, and two younger brothers, as well as three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews:
  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
      1. Miss Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      2. Master Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Miss Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Miss Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Master Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
He grew up with his brothers in The Netherlands. He studied his primary education in The Netherlands. For his university years, he attended Georgetown University where he studied Economics, earning a degree in 1988. In 1989, he was back in The Netherlands, studying marketing & marketing research at  Groningen University, he received his Masters in Science in Marketing and Marketing research in 1995.

His engagement to Annette Sekrève was announced on 11 March 2000. They were married on 6/8 July 2000 {Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:
  1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
  2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
  3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
In 2013, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma {Source}. Prior to that dianosis, he had been treated for Crohn's disease {Source}

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