Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (Petra Laurentien; née Brinkhorst; born 25 May 1966)[1] is the wife of Prince Constantijn and sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Laurentien Brinkhorst
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BornPetra Laurentien Brinkhorst
(1966-05-25) 25 May 1966 (age 56)
Leiden, Netherlands
(m. 2001)
IssueCountess Eloise
Count Claus-Casimir
Countess Leonore
FatherLaurens Jan Brinkhorst
MotherJantien Brinkhorst-Heringa

Early lifeEdit

Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst was born in Leiden, Netherlands on 25 May 1966, the daughter of the former Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, Laurens Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa. She has one brother. She is known by her middle name, Laurentien, a portmanteau of 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 attended her secondary education in The Hague, of which four years at the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet and one year at the Eerste Vrijzinnige Christelijk Lyceum, and later in Kita, Tokyo at the Lycée Français International de Tokyo, where she obtained her Baccalauréat diploma in 1984. Her father was working in Japan at the time, being the Ambassador of the European Union to Japan between 1982 and 1987.

Princess Laurentien studied history at the University of Groningen, where she completed her Propaedeutics in 1986. She then studied at Queen Mary College, University of London where she received a BA degree in political science in 1989, and subsequently at the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained an MJ degree in 1991.

Interests and activitiesEdit

In 2009, she was designated UNESCO Special Envoy on "Literacy for Development" in recognition of her "outstanding commitment to the promotion of education and her profound dedication to the Organization's ideals and objectives". In 2010 she was co-recipient of the Major Bosshardt Prize for her work in combating illiteracy.[2]

She is also the current president of wildlife conservation NGO Fauna and Flora International.[3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

The engagement of Prince Constantijn and Laurentien Brinkhorst was announced on 16 December 2000. The civil marriage was conducted by Wim Deetman, the mayor of the Hague, in the Oude Raadzaal, Javastraat, the Hague, on 17 May 2001. The church wedding took place two days later on 19 May in the Grote of St Jacobskerk, with Reverend Carel ter Linden officiating.

Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien have three children: Eloise (born 2002), Claus-Casimir (born 2004), and Leonore (born 2006).

In 2015, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, and their children moved from Brussels to The Hague.

Titles, styles, and honoursEdit

Laurentien's monogram
Standard of Laurentien

Titles and stylesEdit

Laurentien's full title and style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Petra Laurentien of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. van Amsberg.

Laurentien was not legally created a princess, but 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.[4]


National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit


  1. ^ The Dutch Royal House Archived 26 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development". UNESCO.
  3. ^ "People | Fauna & Flora International". Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Decree of January 15, 2003, extending a distinctive flag to Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien" (in Dutch). Gazette of the Netherlands. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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