Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

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Maurits of Orange-Nassau
Prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
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Spouse Princess Mariléne
Issue Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven
Lucas van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven
Felicia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven
Full name
Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik of Orange-Nassau
House House of Orange-Nassau
Father Pieter van Vollenhoven
Mother Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Born (1968-04-17) 17 April 1968 (age 47)
Royal styles of
Maurits of Orange-Nassau
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Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sir

Prince Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born 17 April 1968 in Utrecht) is the eldest son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. His godparents are Princess Christina of the Netherlands, Prince Alois-Konstantin of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Jhr. G. Krayenhof, and The Dutch Merchant Fleet.[1] At the time of the investiture of his cousin Willem-Alexander as King, he was a member of the Dutch Royal House and tenth in the line of succession to the Dutch throne. With Willem-Alexander's investiture however, he is no longer a member of the Dutch Royal House, and is no longer in line to succeed to the Dutch throne.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Prince Maurits as sub-lieutenant aboard one of the Dutch warships

Van Vollenhoven has three brothers: Bernhard, Pieter-Christiaan, Floris.[3]

In 1987, van Vollenhoven performed military service with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the Royal Netherlands Navy. He graduated at University of Groningen in 1995, where he obtained a MSc degree in Economics. After his study he worked for the Schiphol Airport Authority, where he occupied several positions, including Senior Manager of Passenger Services.[4] From September 2001 to May 2006, the prince worked for Philips (Domestic Appliances and Personal Care) in Amersfoort, where he was in charge of part of the Philishave portfolio.

In May 2006, van Vollenhoven started his own business, The Source, which focuses on innovative concepts for products, services and systems for both business and government. Since 1 May 2013, Maurits is Aide-de-camp to King Willem-Alexander and promoted to the rank of Commander (Dutch: Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee) in the Royal Netherlands Navy.[5]

Marriage and family[edit]

In 1989, van Vollenhoven met Marilène (Marie-Helène) van den Broek b. 4 February 1970), the youngest daughter of Hans van den Broek and Josee van den Broek-van Schendel. Their civil marriage ceremony was in Apeldoorn on 29 May 1998, followed by a religious ceremony on 30 May.[6]

Princess Marilène has given birth to three children:

  • (Anna) Anastasia Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam on 15 April 2001) her godparents are Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (paternal uncle) and Mrs. Caroline van Weede-van den Broek (maternal aunt)
  • Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam on 26 October 2002.
  • Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven, born in Amsterdam on 31 May 2005.[7]

By Royal Decree of 26 May 1998, the children of van Vollenhoven bear the surname "van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven".

Upon the abdication of Queen Beatrix, which took place on 30 April 2013, it was confirmed that the children of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven would no longer be eligible succeed to the throne, and that they would also cease to be members of the Royal House according to The Membership of the Royal House Act. The Act specifies that only those within "three degrees of kinship" to the monarch can be in the line of succession.[8]. The exclusion is not permanent. Princess Margriet would succeed in the unlikely event that the King and his daughters die or become ineligible to succeed, and her children would be restored to the Royal House and line of succession.


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  1. ^ "Prince Maurits". Dutch Royal House. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Current line of succession – Official website of the Dutch Royal House
  3. ^ "Princess Margriet". Dutch Royal House. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Education". Dutch Royal House. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Prince Maurits
  6. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. 
  7. ^ "Marriage and family". Dutch Royal House. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Prince of Orange to become King Willem-Alexander, 28 January 2013". Dutch Royal House. 

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