In loving memory: Prince Friso (September 25 1968-12 August 2013)

An unknown, introverted prince, who would like to life a normal life ouside the spotlight. That is how the public knew prince Friso. His friends called him extremely smart, athletic, humble, friendly and social. A real family man with humor, someone who enjoyed to spend time with his daughters, his wife, mother, brothers and his friends, someone friends and family could count on, someone who could tease his mother in a special way, his friend Adam Else said in a documantary from the NOS. In this report I will look back on the life of a prince who is often called “the most unknown son of Princess Beatrix ‘

Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David was born on September 25, 1968 in Utrecht as the second son of Princess Beatrix and the late prince Claus. He had one older brother, King Willem-Alexander (1967) and one younger brother, Prince Constantijn (1969).
His titles at birth were Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg. Prince Friso was baptized on 27 December 1968 in the Dom Church in Utrecht. His godparents are King Harald V of Norway, his grandma Queen Juliana, his aunt Christina Baroness von der Recke and Axel von dem Bussche (good friend of the late prince Claus.)  He grew up at castle Drakesteijn in Laage Vuursche in the shadow of his older brother King Willem-Alexander. Prince Friso likes that. From childhood he showed not very much enthusiasm for the idea he ever become king. When he was 9-year-old he said about his brother Willem-Alexander: “You may be beat up Alex, but not kill him, because then I will become king.” A statement that the media often repeated during his life.

His titles at birth were Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg. 
He did not received parliamentary approval for his marriage to Mabel and therfore he lost his title Prince of the Netherlands after his marriage. However, according to the Royal Decree of 19 March 2004 he got the personal title Prince of Orange-Nassau with the predicate Royal Highness. In the same decision he was granted the hereditary title Count , his family name name ‘Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg.’  Therefor his daughters are  Countess of Orange-Nassau, jonkvrouwe van Amsberg.


In 1986, he graduated from the secondary school ‘Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum’ in The Hague From 1986 until 1988, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, In 1988 he start studied at Delft University of Technology, where he obtained an engineer’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1994.  From 1990 Prince also studied business economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 1995, Prince Friso finish this study succesfully abtained and his master’s degree. Start in 1997 he studied at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau (France) where he obtained his MBA.


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After his study European Institute of Business Administration, he goes to work for firm McKinsey & Company. After that he started working at the investment bank Goldman Sachs International in London where he worked in the investment banking division. Then in 2004 the Prince start working as co-director of TNO Space in Delft and managing director for Wolfensohn & Company in London. His last job was at Urenco in London. He worked there since 1 April 2011 as CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Prince Friso was involved in a number of innovative ventures relating to sustainable energy, medical services, sustainable food and agriculture, and technology-including the MRI Centre, Rabo Ventures and Wizz Air. From 2004 to 2013 he was a member of the Board of Directors or Telenet.
Prince Friso supports various initiatives promoting innovation and technology, such as Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands), the Foundation ‘ life sciences and Society ‘ (Biosciences and Society) and the Foundation of the future of technology (Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends).  Previously he was  engaged with the Foundation ‘ the evening of Science & Society ‘ (The Evening of Science and Society) and the engineering and consulting agency Witteveen + Bos.  And he was Honorary chairman of the Prince Claus Fund, Member of the Advisory Board, Christiaan Huygens Science Award, Patron or De Hollandsche Molen, which is the association for the preservation of Dutch windmills

Marriage and family
During the funeral of Prince Claus, Mabel Wisse Smit appears in public for the first time. She walks with the family in to the royal crypt. The RVD speaks about mabel as a good friend of the family. Mabel met Prince Friso because her friendschip with princess Laurentien (wife of prince Constantijn) On 30th or June 2003 it was announced that Prince Friso has become engaged to Mabel. The engagement quickly creates a lot of controversy when there comes a sign that Mabel had a relationship with Klaas Bruinsma, a drug criminal. Prime Minister Balkendende is angry because he thinks that the couple have not told him all things about these contacts. The couple do not get permission for they marriage from the States-General. That means that the prince will lose his right to the throne when he got married. However, he will retained the title royal highness and received the personal title Prince of Orange-Nassau and the hereditary title of Count of Orange-Nassau, jonkvrouwe van Amsberg. The marriage goes on. On 24th of April 2004 prince Friso and Princess Mabel maried in the Old Church in Delft, the service was led by Pastor Carl ter Linden
In a television interview on the evening before their marriage Friso and Mabel said that it was ‘ unwise ‘ that they do not tell the full facts about Mabel her past.

Prince Friso and Princess Mabel have two kids. Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg born on 26 March 2005 Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou in London and of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg born on 18 June 2006 in London.

Leisure Time

In London the prince could build a life in anonymity, he could work on a career and could enjoy privacy with his dougters and wife. In his leisure time he like to skiing apart from that he like to scuba diving and playing golf. Unfortunately I have not found a picture of him skiing, scuba diving or playing golf, so I use a picture of the prince who is to play baseball.

Family man

If one there is one thing I noticed of what I hear friends count about Friso then it is, that he is a real family man. He wasn’t much in public, but at family events he was, later also with his wife Princess Mabel, present. And at Queensday, he showed himself, altough it was in the background.

For Friso his father, the late Prince Claus, was an important source of inspiration. He was probably the one who learn Friso that he has to go his own way and build a normal ‘ social career as possible.

Together with his brother, prince constantijn, prince Friso was honorary president of the Prince Claus Fund, which was created to celebrate the 70th birthday of Prince Claus in 1996. Once in two years Friso reached the Prince Claus Award. He did it for the last time in 2010. In 2012, his brother, took his place.

The relation with his mother is also special. During the funeral of his father prince Claus on 15 October 2002 you can see prince Friso supporting his mother by the sadness. A good friend (Adam else) also explained (in the special broadcast of the NOS) that he had a special relationship with his mother. Prince Friso could tease her in a special way.

Later he got daughters and he spent much time as possible with them. In a interview in the dutch magazine ‘ Dragonfly ‘ in 2011 prince Friso said: “And than I prefer to work in the evening, between eight and half past eleven, then I have more quality time with the children during the day. And yes, there is less time left for sports and social life. . I like to bring that sacrifice “, in that same interview, he talked about holidays:” For us, the most important:.. Spend time together playing games, reading books, taking and make day trips But honesty, we do not much more than really being together. ”

The dutch television program blue blood make a beautiful movie about the life of prince Friso wach it HERE.

Watch the interview with good friend of prince Friso and Princess Mabel, Adam Anders

I hope the information is clear. My english is not very good, so it could be that I made mistakes. My apologies for that.

The original Dutch log can be found here

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