Prince Bernhard

Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel, Prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, was born on 25 December 1969 in Nijmegen. Prince Bernhard has three brothers: Prince Maurits, born in 1968, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, born in 1972, and Prince Floris, born in 1975.


Foto van Prins Bernhard, februari 2008 © RVD/Royal Images, foto: Frank van Beek

In 1987 Prince Bernhard gained his HAVO (senior general secondary education) certificate at the Veluws College in Apeldoorn. In 1988 he gained his VWO (pre-university education) certificate. He went on to study economics for a year at Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA. In 1995 he graduated in economics from Groningen University.

Marriage and family  

The Prince married Annette Sekrève in Utrecht on 6 July 2000. The marriage was blessed on 8 July 2000 in the Domkerk in Utrecht.

Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette have three children. Their daughter Isabella (Isabella Lily Juliana) was born on 14 May 2002. Their first son, Samuel (Samuel Bernhard Louis) was born on 25 May 2004. Their second son, Benjamin (Benjamin Pieter Floris) was born on 12 March 2008. By Royal Decree the children bear the surname Van Vollenhoven. The family lives in Amsterdam.


Prince Bernhard is self-employed. While at university he set up his own business, Ritzen Couriers, with friends and went on to co-found and Clockwork. In 2011 he briefly joined the supervisory board of Antonov, a company which produces gearboxes. As a member of the management team of Levi9 Global Sourcing, an IT services provider, Prince Bernhard is responsible for marketing and expansion of the business. He is also a partner in VondelCapital in Amsterdam.

Public appointments

  • Member of the Board of the Ubbo Emmius Fund, Groningen University
  • Member of the Board of the Piet Hein Foundation which maintains and operates the vessel of that name
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Zoo
  • Member of the Nashuatec Innovations Board
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Jitscale

Honorary posts

  • Member of the VSO Netherlands Advisory Committee (Utrecht, 2003)
  • Honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Communication and Development, The Hague