Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven

Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven is the husband of Princess Margriet. The couple have four sons: Prince Maurits, Prince Bernhard, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prince Floris.

Foto van prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, februari 2008 © RVD/Royal Images, foto: Frank van Beek

Pieter van Vollenhoven was born in Schiedam on 30 April 1939, the second son of Pieter van Vollenhoven senior and Jacoba Gijsbertha van Vollenhoven-Stuyling de Lange.
His brother, Willem Jan van Vollenhoven, died in 2006.

Education

Professor Van Vollenhoven attended primary school in Rotterdam and went on to the Montessori Lyceum, passing his secondary school leaving examinations there in 1959.

He then enrolled at Leiden University, where he studied Dutch law. He graduated in 1965.

Marriage and family

Pieter van Vollenhoven met Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at Leiden University. Their engagement was announced on 10 March 1965. They married in The Hague on 10 January 1967 and then took up residence in the east wing of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. In 1975 they moved to their present home, Het Loo House.

Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven have four sons: Prince Maurits (born in 1968), Prince Bernhard (b. 1969), Prince Pieter-Christiaan (b. 1972) and Prince Floris (b. 1975). The couple also have eleven grandchildren:

  • the children of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène: Anna (b. 2001), Lucas (b. 2002) and Felicia (b. 2005);
  • the children of Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette: Isabella (b. 2002), Samuel (b. 2004) and Benjamin (b. 2008);
  • the children of Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita: Emma (b. 2006) and Pieter (b. 2008);
  • and the children of Prince Floris and Princess Aimée: Magali (b. 2007), Eliane (b. 2009) and Willem Jan (b. 2013)

Work 

Pieter van Vollenhoven was called up for national service in the spring of 1966 and served in the legal department of the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in The Hague. In 1967 he received Air Force Pilot training at Gilze-Rijen and obtained his Military Pilot's Licence. In 1968 he was commissioned as reserve officer (pilot) in 300 Squadron at Deelen airbase. He is a colonel in the Air Force Reserve and Aide-de-Camp Extraordinary.

Safety

Professor Van Vollenhoven is closely involved in the field of safety assurance, both at home and abroad. In 1975 he was invited to act as advisor on road safety to the Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. He has chaired the following organisations:

  • the Road Safety Council 
  • the Railway Accidents Council 
  • the Community, Safety and Police Association 
  • the National Road Safety Fund 
  • the Council for the Promotion of Safety Impact Studies 
  • the Transport Safety Board and 
  • the Dutch Safety Board

From February 2005 to January 2011, Pieter van Vollenhoven was Chair of the Dutch Safety Board, which is responsible for independent safety investigations in the transport sector, but also in sectors such as defence, industry, health care, nature and the environment.

On 1 October 2005 Pieter van Vollenhoven was appointed Professor of Risk Management at the University of Twente.

Professor Van Vollenhoven is also Chair of the Community, Safety and Police Association, an independent organisation that advises on safety issues, and occupies a number of international posts in the field of transport safety.

  • He is co-founder and a member of the European Transport Safety Council 
  • He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Transportation Safety Association, in which all transport safety boards are combined. 
  • From 1990 he spent a few years acting as advisor to Dr Karel van Miert, the European Commissioner for Transport. 
  • In 2004 Professor Van Vollenhoven was invited to join the Group of Experts on Accident Investigation, which advises the European Commission.

Historic buildings

Professor Van Vollenhoven chairs the National Restoration Fund and in this capacity is involved in the preservation of objects and structures of cultural and historical value. By providing grants, the Fund enables the owners of these buildings to carry out maintenance or renovation work.

Victim support

Professor Van Vollenhoven chairs the Victim Support Fund, which supports and initiates projects aimed at helping witnesses and victims of crimes, road accidents and disasters in the Netherlands, and victims' families.

Public appointments

  • Professor of Risk Management at the University of Twente 
  • Chair of the National Restoration Fund 
  • Chair of the National Green Fund 
  • Chair of the Community, Safety and Police Association 
  • Chair of the Victim Support Fund 
  • Chair of the European Movement (Netherlands) (EBN)
  • Co-founder and member of the European Transport Safety Council 
  • Co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the International Transportation Safety Association
  • Member of the Group of Experts on Accident Investigation, which advises the European Commission.

Honorary posts

  • Patron of the National Disability Sports Fund
  • Patron of Vogelbescherming Nederland, a bird protection society
  • Patron of the Dutch Society for Safety Science
  • Patron of the Netherlands Association of Whiplash Victims
  • Patron of the Federation of SOS Telephone Help Lines in the Netherlands
  • Patron of the Stichting Studentensport Nederland (SSN)
  • Patron of the Netherlands Student Chamber Orchestra (NESKO)
  • Patron of the Society of Friends of the Band of the Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Patron of the Royal Netherlands Police Dog Association
  • Patron of the Dutch section of the European Journalists Association 
  • Patron of the Netherlands-American Amity Trust (Washington) 
  • Patron of the Netherland-America Foundation (New York) 
  • Patron of the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Rotterdam 
  • Patron of the Menno van Coehoorn Foundation, which works to preserve military fortifications 
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee of the National Disability Sports Fund 
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Pianola Museum 
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Heritage Open Day Foundation 
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Hollandse Haringpartij Association 
  • Honorary chair of the National Organisation of Police Volunteers 
  • Honorary chair of the Advisory Committee of the foundation for the preservation of the Sint Jan Cathedral in Den Bosch 
  • Honorary President of the Brabant International Indoor Horse Show 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Sweelinck Student Orchestra of the University of Amsterdam 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Sempre Crescendo Student Music Society
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Leiden Students Collegium Musicum Choir and Orchestra 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the International Association for Handicapped Divers 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Leiden Minerva Students' Association 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the 2006 Twente University Freshers' Week 
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Stichting Bedrijvendagen Universiteit Twente, which forges links between the academic and business worlds 
  • Advisor to the 1945 Surrender Commemoration Committee