Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik, Prince of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, was born in Utrecht on 17 April 1968. Prince Maurits has three brothers: Prince Bernhard, born in 1969, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, born in 1972, and Prince Floris, born in 1975.
Prince Maurits gained his VWO (pre-university education) certificate at the Veluws College, Apeldoorn, in 1987.
From August 1987 to January 1989 the Prince performed his military service in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the Royal Netherlands Navy. He holds the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Prince Maurits studied economics at Groningen University and was awarded his degree in 1995.
Marriage and family
The Prince married Marilène van den Broek in Apeldoorn on 29 May 1998. The marriage was blessed the following day in the Grote Kerk, Apeldoorn.
Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène have three children. Their first daughter, Anna (Anastasia Margriet Joséphine) was born on 15 April 2001. Their son, Lucas (Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri) was born on 26 October 2002. Their second daughter, Felicia (Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara) was born on 31 May 2005. By Royal Decree the children bear the surname Van Lippe-Biesterfeld, van Vollenhoven. The family lives in Amsterdam.
In 1995 Prince Maurits joined the Schiphol Airport Authority, where he occupied several positions including Senior Manager of Passenger Services. From 2001 to 2006 the Prince was a business manager at Philips DAP BV (Domestic Appliances and Personal Care). In May 2006 Prince Maurits set up his own business, The Source, which helps other companies firm up and implement growth projects.
From November 2009 to March 2012the Prince played an active role in promoting electric transport in the Netherlands as chair of the Formula E team.
- Board member of the Science and Society Foundation Evenings
- Member of the Advisory Council of Groningen University's Economic and Business Student Faculty Association (EBF)
- Patron of the New Holland Foundation
- Patron of the National Association and Foundation 'Het Zeilend Zeilschip'
- Patron of the Royal Military Fencing Association
- Patron of the foundation 'Zeilschip Eendracht'
- Member of the Friends Committee of the Cercle des amis du prix de Rome of the Rijksakademie (visual arts academy)
- Member of the Ronald McDonald House Advisory Committee
- Godchild of the Dutch merchant navy