by Scott Mehl
Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Prince Constantijn Christof Frederik Aschwin of the Netherlands was born on October 11, 1969 in Utrecht, the youngest son of the future Queen Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg. He is the younger brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and the late Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau. He grew up at Castle Drakesteijn, until his mother’s accession as Queen in 1980. At that point, the family moved to Huis ten Bosch, in The Hague.
He received his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School in Baarn and his secondary education at the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague. Following a year spent studying languages in France and Italy, he began studying law at Leiden University, earning his degree in 1995.
Following his degree, he took an internship in the office of the European Commissioner Hans van den Broek. He remained with the EU, in various roles, until late 1999. In 2000, he earned his MBA from INSEAD in France, and spent a summer working at the International Finance Corporation, part of the Work Bank, in Washington DC. He then moved to London where he worked as a strategic policy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton until late 2002. He then worked for RAND Corporation Europe, eventually becoming the head of the corporation’s Brussels office. He also served as an advisor to the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He returned to the European Commission where he now serves as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
Constantijn married Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst in a civil ceremony on May 17, 2001 in The Hague. A religious ceremony followed on May 19, at the Grote of St Jacobskerk, in The Hague. The couple reside in Brussels with their three children:
Prince Constantijn does not undertake many official duties for the Dutch monarchy. However, as a member of the Dutch Royal House, he and his wife are typically in attendance at major events, such as King’s Day and the annual Opening of Parliament.
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