Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Bernhard
Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
Spouse Annette Sekrève
Isabella van Vollenhoven
Samuel van Vollenhoven
Benjamin van Vollenhoven
Full name
Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel
Father Pieter van Vollenhoven
Mother Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Born 25 December 1969 (1969-12-25) (age 40)
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dutch Royal Family
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Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
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Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born Nijmegen, 25 December 1969. He's the second son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. His godparents are Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Baron J. van Boetzelaer, Baroness C. Evelein, J. Fleischman, and The Royal Air Force. The family lived in Apeldoorn throughout his childhood, moving to Het Loo House in 1975. The Prince received both his primary and secondary education in Apeldoorn.

Prince Bernhard has three brothers: Prince Maurits, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, and Prince Floris.

He studied economics in 1988 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Subsequently, in 1989 he went to the Groningen University in the Netherlands where he studied marketing and market research. In 1995 he received a the degree doctorandus (Master of science) at this university.

While studying in Groningen, Prince Bernhard met Annette Sekrève, (born 18 April 1972). The couple announced their engagement on 11 March 2000. They married in July 2000. The civil ceremony was performed on 6 July 2000 by the Mayor of Utrecht, Ms A. H. Brouwer-Korf, in the Spiegelzaal van die Paushuize, Utrecht. The marriage was blessed two days later, on 8 July 2000, by Dr. Anne van der Meiden in the Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht.

Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette have three children.

  • Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam, on 14 May 2002
  • Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam, on 25 May 2004
  • Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam, on 12 March 2008

Although he is a member of the royal house and 11th in line for the Dutch throne, he rarely takes part in official duties. Prince Bernard makes his occupation as a self-employed entrepreneur.

Prince Bernhard and his family live in Amsterdam.


16. Pieter van Vollenhoven
8. Willem Jan van Vollenhoven
17. Cornelia Rijshouwer
4. Pieter van Vollenhoven
18. Victor Ulysses Buck
9. Auguste Philippine Buck
19. Caroline Dorothea Zickwolff
2. Pieter van Vollenhoven
20. Hendrik Jan de Lange
10. Antonius Matthias de Lange
21. Jacoba Gijsberta Hirschig
5. Jacoba Gijsbertha Stuyling de Lange
22. Hendrik Jacob Kann
11. Amalia Anna Jacoba Kann
23. Anna Willemina van Doorn
1. Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
24. Ernst, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld
12. Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
25. Countess Caroline von Wartensleben
6. Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
26. Baron Aschwin von Sierstorpff-Cramm
13. Baroness Armgard of Sierstorpff-Cramm
27. Baroness Hedwig von Sierstorpff
3. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
28. Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
14. Duke Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
29. Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
7. Juliana of the Netherlands
30. William III of the Netherlands
15. Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
31. Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
Born: 25 December 1969
Dutch royalty
Preceded by
Prince Maurits
Line of succession to the Dutch Throne
11th position
Succeeded by
last in line
British royalty
Preceded by
Felicia van Vollenhoven van Lippe-Biesterfeld
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Samuel van Vollenhoven

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