Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. Van Amsberg (legal name "Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst"; born
May 25, 1966[http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/english/content.jsp?objectid=18219 The Dutch Royal House ] ] in Leiden, Netherlands) is the wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the third son of Queen Beatrixand Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jonkheervan Amsberg.
Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst was born in Leiden on 25 May 1966, the daughter of the former Dutch minister of Economic Affairs,
Laurens Jan Brinkhorstand Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa. She has one brother. She is known by her middle name, Laurentien, a portmanteauof her parents' given names.
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
BaccalauréatA 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 Universitywere she received her propedeusein 1986. After this she studied at the University of Londonwere she received her Bachelor of Arts(B.A.) degree in political science in 1989 and subsequently at the University of California, Berkeleywhere she obtained her Master of Journalism(M.J.) degree in 1991.
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, Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of the Netherlands, second daughter of the
Prince of Orangeand Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, received Laurentien as her fourth given name.
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.
tyle, titles and names
Since her marriage, Laurentien has held the courtesy titles of Princess of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau. Princess Laurentien was not created a princess by law, but holds courtesy titles through her marriage, as custom allows a wife to use her husband’s titles. All children of the marriage hold the titles "
Count" or "Countess of Orange-Nassau" and " Jonkheer" or "Jonkvrouw van Amsberg".
By Royal Decree of
15 January 2003, nr. 36, Princess Laurentien was granted her own personal standard.
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.
*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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