- Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (
given names: Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David; born September 25, 1968) is the second son of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlandsand HRH Prince Claus of the Netherlands. Until his marriage in 2004, he had been third in line for the throne. In 2004 the royal court announced that Prince Johan-Friso wanted to be his forename "Friso" without the addition "Johan".
Education and work
The prince studied in 1988 mechanical engineering at the
University of California, Berkeley, and from 1988 to 1994 at Delft University of Technology, were he obtained an engineer's degreein aeronautical engineering. Additionally, he has a MSc degree in economicsfrom Erasmus University Rotterdam. To prepare himself for the possibility of succession to the throne, he took courses in Dutch law and parliamentary history.
Prince Friso worked from 1995 until 1996 at the
Amsterdambranch of the international management consultancy McKinsey. He stopped working here, following the MBA-programme at INSEAD. After finishing this study Prince Friso worked as vice president from 1998 till 2003 for Goldman Sachs Internationalin London. Since 2004 he is part time co-president of TNO Space in Delft.
Engagement and marriage
30 June 2003it was announced that Prince Friso was to marry Mabel Wisse Smit. The Dutch cabinet however did not seek the permission of the parliament for this marriage; constitutionally necessary if Prince Friso was to remain a member of the Dutch Royal Houseand in line of the hereditary succession for the throne. The Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenendeexplained that this was due to discussions with Mabel Wisse Smit in October 2003 where she had admitted that her previous statements about an alleged relationship with Klaas Bruinsma (1953–1991), known as a "Godfather" of the Dutch drug trade, had not been complete and accurate. She had previously stated that she had contact for a few months with Bruinsma, but in a casual context, not intimate or relating to business and that she had broken the contact on learning of Bruinsma's occupation.
This "breach of trust" was the reason the government did not seek parliament's permission, respecting the wishes of the couple. They nevertheless married on
April 24, 2004, and Mabel Wisse Smit became a member of the Dutch Royal Family.
Titles and predicate
* "His Royal Highness" Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (1968–2004)
* "His Royal Highness" Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David of Orange-Nassau, Count of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (since
24 April 2004)
Under the Act on the Membership of the Royal House (2002), Prince Friso lost the title 'Prince of the Netherlands' and the "hereditary" title 'Prince of Orange-Nassau' by entering into a marriage without an Act of Consent. By Royal Decree of
March 19, 2004, nr. 126 the Prince was granted the surname 'Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg' and the hereditary title 'Count of Orange-Nassau' to take effect upon his marriage.
By the same Royal Decree the Prince was allowed to continue his title 'Prince of Orange-Nassau' as a personal and non-hereditary title. Any children born to the couple will receive the surname 'Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg' and become a 'Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau' and also have the noble predicate 'Jonkheer (Jonkvrouw) van Amsberg'. His wife will not acquire nobility by the marriage, although she is allowed to use her husband's style and titles as
Albeit losing the title "Prince of the Netherlands" and the accompanying royal style, Prins Friso will be kept styled as "His Royal Highness" http://www.minaz.nl/dsc?c=getobject&s=obj&objectid=5394] .
26 March 2005, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel welcomed their first child, a daughter, Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. Her title is Luana Countess of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg. Her form of address is 'highborn lady' (in Dutch: "hooggeboren vrouwe").
Prince Friso and Princess Mabel had their second child, a girl, on
17 June, 2006. They named her Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou but she is commonly known as Zaria. [http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/english/content.jsp?objectid=18168 The Dutch Royal House ] ]
* [http://www.regering.nl/actueel/nieuwsarchief/2003/10October/10/42_21755.jsp?ComponentID=21755&SourcePageID=7496 Geen Toestemmingswet Huwelijk Friso en Mabel] , regering.nl,
10 October 2003(Dutch)
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