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Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Bernhard
Prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
Born (1969-12-25) 25 December 1969
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Spouse Annette Sekrève (m. 2000)
Issue Isabella van Vollenhoven
Samuel van Vollenhoven
Benjamin van Vollenhoven
Full name
Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel
House House of Orange-Nassau
Father Pieter van Vollenhoven
Mother Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Royal styles of
Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau
Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sir
Royal Standard

Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born Nijmegen, 25 December 1969) is 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. At the time of the investiture of his cousin Willem-Alexander as King he was a member of the Royal House, and eleventh in the line of succession to the throne. With the investiture of King Willem-Alexander, however, he is no longer a member of the Dutch Royal House, and is no longer in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.[1]


  • Life and education 1
  • Marriage and family 2
  • Illness 3
  • Ancestry 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and education

Prince Bernhard's family lived in Apeldoorn throughout his childhood, moving to Het Loo House in 1975. He 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 Groningen University in the Netherlands where he studied marketing and market research. In 1995 he received the degree of doctorandus (Master of science) at this university.

Although he is a member of the extended royal family, he rarely takes part in official duties. Prince Bernard is a self-employed entrepreneur.

Marriage and family

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 of the 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

Prince Bernhard and his family live in Amsterdam.

Upon the announcement of the planned abdication of Queen Beatrix, which took place on 30 April 2013, it was also restated that after the abdication, the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven would no longer be eligible for the throne. They would also cease to be members of the Royal House.[2]


At the end of August 2013, it was made public that Bernhard was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma by doctors in Amsterdam.[3]

He also suffers from Crohn's disease.



  1. ^ Current line of succession – Official website of the Dutch Royal House
  2. ^ "Prince of Orange to become King Willem-Alexander, 28 January 2013". Dutch Royal House. 
  3. ^ Nrc Netherlands

External links

  • Website Royal House – Family Van Vollenhoven
Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
Born: 25 December 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Felicia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Samuel van Vollenhoven
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