Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Born May 25, 1966 (1966-05-25) (age 42)
Leiden
Title Princess of the Netherlands,
Princess of Orange-Nassau,
Mrs. van Amsberg
Spouse Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Children Eloise, Claus-Casimir, Leonore
Relatives Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa
Dutch Royal Family
Styles of
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (née Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst; born May 25, 1966[1] in Leiden, Netherlands) is the wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the third son of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jonkheer van Amsberg.

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[edit] Early life

Princess Laurentien is the daughter of the former Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa. She has one brother.

Princess Laurentien started primary school in Groningen. Her family then moved to The Hague, where she completed her primary education. She spent four years at the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet, and a year at the Eerste Vrijzinnige Christelijk Lyceum, both in The Hague. In 1984, she passed the Baccalauréat A examinations at the Lycée français in Tokyo. Her father was working in Japan at the time, being the Permanent Envoy of the European Union.

Princess Laurentien studied history at Groningen University were she received her propedeuse in 1986. After this she studied at the University of London were she received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science in 1989 and subsequently at the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained her Master of Journalism (M.J.) degree in 1991.

[edit] Marriage and children

The engagement of Prince Constantijn and Laurentien Brinkhorst was announced on 16 December 2000. The civil marriage was conducted by the mayor of The Hague, Wim Deetman, in the Oude Raadzaal, Javastraat, The Hague on 17 May 2001. The church wedding took place two days later in the Grote of St Jacobskerk, with Reverend Carel ter Linden officiating.

Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien have three children:

Her niece HRH Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of the Netherlands, second daughter of the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, was named in her honor partially.

She is also the godmother of Leah Isadora Behn, the daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and their children live in Brussels.

[edit] Style, titles and names

  • Miss Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst (1966-2001)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. van Amsberg (since 17 May 2001)

Since her marriage, Princess Laurentien has held the courtesy titles of Princess of of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau. Hence, Princess Laurentien is not a princess in her own right, but through her marriage, as custom allows a wife to use her husband’s titles. All children of the marriage will receive the titles Count or Countess of Orange-Nassau and Jonkheer or Jonkvrouw van Amsberg. Prior to her marriage, she was most often referred to as Laurentien Brinkhorst in the Dutch media.

By Royal Decree of 15 January 2003, nr. 36 to Princess Laurentien was granted her own personal standard.

[edit] Work as Princess of the Netherlands

More recent, Princess Laurentien has become an advocate for the fight against illiteracy in the Netherlands, which is now to be considered an underestimated problem.

She also works to promote reading among children and young people.

Official duties:

  • Vice-President of Fauna & Flora International.
  • Chair of the European Cultural Foundation.
  • Chair of the Dutch Reading and Writing Foundation (Stichting Lezen & Schrijven)
  • Honorary chair of the Dutch Association of Public Libraries (Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken)
  • Patron of the Dutch language society Genootschap Onze Taal
  • Patron of the Netherlands Listening and Braille Library (Nederlandse Luister- en Braillebibliotheek)

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