Sunday, April 17, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 17 April 1968 as the first child of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Prof. Pietre van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three younger brothers, three sister-in-laws, as well as several nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969) 
    1. Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972) 
      1. Miss Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Master Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Master Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  2. Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Orange-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)
His godparents included:

  1. Princess Christina of The Netherlands (maternal aunt)
  2. Prince Alois-Konstantin of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rosenburg
  3. Jhr. G. Krayenhof
  4. The Dutch Merchant Fleet
He was educated in the Netherlands, earning his WVWO diploma from Veluws College in 1987{Source}. After recieving his diploma, he went into the military from August 1987 to January 1989, he was a member of the Marine Corps and the Royal Navy{Source}. He would eventually earn the rant of lieutenant commander of the 2nd class oldest category of the Royal Navy Reserve{Source}. On 1 May 2013, he received two appointments{Source}:

  • The King's Aide in Special Service
  • Promotion to Commander of The Dutch Royal Navy.
In the 1990s, he returned to university, where he study economics at the University of Groningen, obtaining his degree in 1995{Source}. Upon his graduation, he resumed his career working as a Senior Manager Passenger Services at NV Schiphol Airport{Source}. From 2001-2006, he worked as a business manager for Philips DAP BV{Source}. Since May 2006, he became an entrepreneur with a company called The Source{Source}. From November 2009 -March 2012, he served as chairman of the Formula E team an active role in the promotion of electric vehicles in the Netherlands{Source}.


Over the years, Prince Maurits has served on various committees and had numerous honorary appointments, including {Source}:

  • Evening of Science and Society(Foundation board member)
  • The Economics and Business Faculty Association (EBF) from the University of Groningen (Member Advisory Council) 
  • New Holland Foundation (Patron)
  • National Association and Foundation "The Sailing Marine ' (Patron)
  • Royal Military Fencing (Patron)
  • Sailing Foundation (Patron)
  • Foundation Sail Amsterdam (Patron)
  • Friends Rijksacademie 'Cercle des Amis du prix' (Member)
  • Recommendation Committee Ronald McDonald House (Member)
On 29 May 1998, he marred Marilène van den Broek{Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:

Miss Anastasia Margriet Josephine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
Master Lucas Maurice Henri Peter van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
Miss Felicia Juliana Benedikte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)

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