Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Royal Profile: 40 Facts about Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

  1. Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst now known as Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands was born on 25 May 1966 {Source}
  2. She is the daughter of Laurens Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa {Source}.
  3. She attended school in The Netherlands, and in Japan{Source}
  4. She received her Baccalauréat from Lycée français in Japan{Source}
  5. She studied history at Groningen University{Source}, earning a foundations degree in 1986{Source}
  6. She then attended Queen Mary College, London University, where she studied political science in 1989{Source}
  7. In 1991, she earned a Master of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley{Source}.
  8. She holds a bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a masters in Journalism.
  9. The engagement of Prince Constantijn and Laurentien Brinkhorst was announced on 16 December 2000{Source}.
  10. She married Prince Constantijn on 17 May 2001 {Source}. 
  11. Together, they have three children{Source}:
    1. Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
    2. Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg(2003)
    3. Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
  12. In addition to her royal duties, she works as a freelance communications consultant {Source}. 
  13. Since 2008, she has worked for the European Climate Foundation {Source}.
  14. In 2009, she set up the Missing Chapter Foundation{Source}.
  15. One of the Princess's major causes involved the environment and environmental issues{Source}. 
  16. She is actively involved with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), especially with their "Rewildingn Europe" initiative{Source}.
  17. On 1 November 2012, she was appointed President of Fauna & Flora International (FFI){Source}{Source
  18. A second major cause for the princess is promoting literacy{Source}. 
  19. She is chair of the Stichting Lezen & Zchrijven {Source}. 
  20. On 24 March 2009, Princess Laurentien was designated UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development {Source}.
  21.  Since 1 February 2011 the Princess has been Chair of the European Commission's High Level Group on Literacy {Source}.
  22. She is patron of the Dutch Listening & Braile Library (NLBB)
  23. She is patron on  the Dutch language society Genootschap Onze Taal
  24. She is Honorary Chair of the Association of Public Libraries.
  25. She is a President of Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
  26. She is also a President of the European Cultural Foundation.
  27. For a time, she and her family resided in Brussels, while now they have moved back to The Netherlands.
  28. She has one brother.
  29. Her middle name, Laurentien is a protmanteau of her parents names- Laurens & Jantien.
  30. She is the daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands & Prince Claus.
  31. Through her husband, she is a sister-in-law to:
    1. King Williem-Alexander I of The Netherlands
      1. Queen Maxima of The Netherlands
    2. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau
      1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau
  32. Through Prince Constantijn, she is the aunt of five nieces:
    1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003, Williem-Alexander & Maxima)
    2. Countess Emma Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005, Friso & Mabel)
    3. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005, Williem-Alexander & Maxima)
    4. Countess Joanna Zaria van Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006, Friso & Mabel)
    5. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007, Williem-Alexander & Maxima)
  33. She shares a birthday with:
    1. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2005) (her husband's 1st cousin 1x removed)
    2. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)(UK, son of The Lady Davina Lewis & 30th in British succession)
  34. She is a godmother to:
    1. Leah Isadora Behn
  35. She speaks Dutch, and probably French, and English fluently.
  36. Due to her years in Japan, she may also speak some Japanese.
  37. She appears to be close with her sisters-in-law, Queen Maxima & Princess Mabel and mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix.
  38. Her life path number is 7.
  39. Her star sign is Gemini.
  40. In October 2014 questions were raised in the Dutch parliament about the illiteracy organization she was running about the expensive parties and prime location of the office of the organization. Furthermore, her own children books appear to have been promoted through the subsidized organization.

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