Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
His five godparents are:
- Pieter van Vollenhoven (his paternal grandfather),
- Archduke Michael of Austria-Este,
- Jonkheer J. Reuchlin,
- Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (his maternal aunt),
- Mr. Drabbe.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan has three brothers:
- Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau,
- Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau and
- Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau.
On 24 July 2010 Prince Pieter-Christiaan was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands.
Education and career
Prince Pieter-Christiaan lived during his early years at the estate near the Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. In Apeldoorn he also attended the primary school and his high school. After graduation he did his military conscription at the Royal Marechaussee, for which his still was enlisted as a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. He subsequently obtained his LL.M. degree in Law at the Utrecht University in 1999.
In autumn 2003 Prince Pieter-Christiaan successfully finished a one-year MBA at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne (Switzerland). From March 2004 Prince Pieter-Christiaan worked as a marketing strategist for the ICT-company Shopservices in Amsterdam . Since 13 September 2004, the prince is working as Lieutenant Colonel at the Operations Department of the Central Office of the Royal Marechaussee in The Hague.
Marriage and family
He married Anita van Eijk in a civil ceremony on 25 August 2005 at the Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, which was followed by a religious ceremony on 27 August 2005 at the Grote of St. Jeroenskerk, currently known as Oude Jeroenskerk, in Noordwijk. Since he did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, due to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, Pieter-Christiaan lost his place in the succession to the Dutch throne when he married Anita.
Emma van Vollenhoven
On 9 June 2006, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita announced that Princess Anita was expecting their first child. The Princess gave birth to a daughter, Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven, on 28 November 2006. The baby was born at 6:00 pm at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam. Like her cousins, the baby was christened in the chapel of Het Loo palace in Apeldoorn, on her parents' wedding anniversary, 25 August 2007. Emma's godparents are her uncle, Prince Bernhard; her aunt, Caroline van der Toorn; Evert-Jan Wamsteker and Countess Alexandra de Witt.
Pieter van Vollenhoven
On the 15 May 2008, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child for the end of November 2008. Princess Anita gave birth to a son on 19 November 2008. His full name is Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven. He was born on 1.32 am at the Medisch Centrum Haaglanden in The Hague. As with his sister and their cousins, he was christened in the chapel of Het Loo palace in Apeldoorn on September 20, 2009. Pieter's godparents were his paternal grandfather Pieter van Vollenhoven, his paternal uncle Prince Maurits, Jonkvrouw Anouk van Door and Sandra Chollet.
|Ancestors of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven|
Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van VollenhovenBorn: 22 March 1972
Isabella van Vollenhoven
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Pieter van Vollenhoven