Prince marries and leaves royal house
25 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje Nassau, van Vollenhoven has married commoner Anita van Eijk.
25 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje Nassau, van Vollenhoven has married commoner Anita van Eijk.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan is the third son of Princess Margriet, a sister of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
A small number of invited guests watched as Apeldoorn mayor Godefridus Jan de Graaf officiated at the civil ceremony in Apeldoorn's Palace Het Loo on Thursday.
Amsterdam baptist preacher Henk Leegte will give a church blessing to the union in Noordwijk on Saturday.
By saying "I do", Prince Pieter-Christiaan lost his membership of the Dutch Royal House and his right of succession because he did not seek parliamentary approval for the marriage.
He decided not to seek this permission because he believes there was no real prospect he would ever be called upon to take the throne. He was at the lower end of a long list of possible heirs.
The list is headed by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander with his daughters, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia in second and third place.
Thursday' wedding was attended by Queen Beatrix, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and the chairpersons of the upper and lower houses of parliament.
Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima were absent as they are on holiday. They are to attend the church service on Saturday.
The crown prince's brother Prince Friso and his wife Mabel were not at the civil service either.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Dutch royal family