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Old 08-29-2020, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Duc_et_Pair View Post
I am curious to learn what the future will be of this BIG modern house in the forests of the Crown Domain. It is close to Het Loo Palace and would make a nice residence for The Princess of Orange. Of course the same can be said about Villa Eikenhorst and Drakensteyn.
Hadn't really given it much thought. Would one of their sons want to move back to Apeldoorn at some point? I don't see them moving back soon but given that the eldest are to retire in 10-15 years time (I guess they could easily retire before age 67), that might be a time to leave Amsterdam/de randstad behind...

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Old 08-29-2020, 03:25 PM
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Based on my previous comment on Laurentien's background, I figured it might be interesting for some newer members to learn a bit more about the background of the 7 brides of the Dutch princes - all married between 1998 and 2005. Some have quite prominent fathers (politically) - in other cases not much is known about their family background.

Marilène van de Broek married prince Maurits on 29 May 1998 (civil) and 30 May 1998 (religious)
Father: Hans van den Broek - among others: member of parliament (KVP (Catholic People's Party)/CDA (Christian Democratic Alliance), minister of foreign affairs, European Commissioner for External Relations, Minister of State)
Mother: Josée van den Broek-van Schendel
Marilène: studied Business Administration in Groningen; worked/s in commercial and marketing positions for Albert Hein (large company of grocery stores), Rijksmuseum (most famous Dutch museum) and BankGiro Loterij (lottery)

Annette Sekrève married prince Bernhard on 6 July 2000 (civil) and 8 July 2000 (religious)
Her father: Ulrich Sekrève (divorced)
Her mother: Jolanda de Haan (divorced)
Annette: studied Psychology in Groningen; worked as counselor in the care for the disabled

Laurentien Brinkhorst (previously known by her first name Petra) married prince Constantijn on 17 May 2001 (note: Máxima's birthday - she got her Dutch nationality that same day)
Father: Laurens Jan Brinkhorst - among others: member of Dutch parliament and party leader for D'66 (Democrats 1966), member of the European parliament, minister of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Fishery; minister of Economics and vice prime minister
Mother: Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa - university study friend of queen/princess Beatrix
Laurentien: grew partly up in Tokyo; studied history (Propedeutic Exam) in Groningen, political sciences in London and journalism at Berkeley. Had various communication roles at companies such as CNN, European Policy Center and Philip Morris before starting as an independent communication advisor.

Máxima Zorreguieta married the prince of Orange on 2 February 2002
Father: Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta Stefanini - among others: many agricultural related positions, including secretary of state and minister of Agriculture (and cattle/stock breeding) under Videla; married firstly Marta López Gil (divorced) and secondly Máxima's mother
Mother: Maria del Carmen Cerruti
Máxima: studied Economics in Buenos Aires, worked for HSBC James Capel Inc. and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York before working for Deutsche Bank in Brussels to be closer to Willem-Alexander.

Mabel Wisse Smit (previously known as Mabel Los (Los being her father's surname; Wisse Smit her 'better sounding' stepfather's surname) - her mother remarried after her father's untimely death; unfortunately, she also experienced early widowhood just like her mother) married prince Friso on 24 April 2004
Father: Henk Los - died in 1978 when trying to save someone who had fallen through the ice when ice skating); when Mabel was 9 years old
Mother: Florence Kooman
Stepfather: Peter Wisse Smit - banker; her half-sister Evelien was a professional hockey player
Mabel: studied economics and political sciences in Amsterdam (cum laude); worked for the United Nations specializing in the Balkan countries (including playing a role in reaching the Dayton Agreement); started various NGOs such as European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and War child The Netherlands; worked as director for Open Society Institute and The Elders. Currently, active in the Girls not Brides organization/campaign (her initiative when still working for The Elders - a role she quit to care for her hospitalized husband).

Anita van Eijk married prince Pieter-Christiaan on 25 August 2005 (civil) and 27 August 2005 (religious)
Father: ir. Leonardus Antonius van Eijk - engineer who worked in various expat positions
Mother: J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens
Anita: born in Switzerland, lived in France for a few years, live a few years in the Netherlands, live a few years in Singapore (where she studied at United World College); studied English and Literature in Leiden and communication sciences in Amsterdam. Worked at Bloomberg in Amsterdam and London and shortly at Christie's. Since her marriage it has been stated that she is an 'entrepreneur' - but it is completely unclear in what.

Aimée Söhngen married prince Floris on 20 October 2005 (civi) and 22 October 2005 (religious)
Father: J.H.M. (Hans) Söhngen
Mother: E.L.F.M. (Eleonoor) Söhngen-Stammeijer
Aimée: studied Law in Leiden; worked for Fortis Bank, Pon Automotiv and ANWB (most well-known travellers' association in the Netherlands) in project management and marketing positions. Has been on a sabbatical since 2015.

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