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The fact that the Dutch emigrant population also includes several members of the Dutch Royal Family would appear to suggest that the grass is sometimes greener on the other side! Want to discover exactly which Dutch Royal Highnesses are presently living abroad and where? Then, read on!
Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien – Belgium
Prince Constantijn, the youngest brother of King Willem-Alexander, lives with his wife, Laurentien, and three children, Eloise, Claus-Casimir and Leonore, in Brussels, where he has worked as European Commission Chief of Cabinet for European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, since 1st April, 2013. He previously held numerous other positions in Brussels, and has also briefly lived and worked in London.
Princess Christina – United States
After her marriage to Jorge Guillermo, Princess Christina, the youngest sister of Princess Beatrix, settled in New York, where the couple both worked. A few years later she went to live with her family in Eikenhorst villa in Wassenaar – the current royal residence to King Willem-Alexander and his family. After her divorce in 1994 she and her son returned to the Big Apple where they still live today.
Princess Mabel – Great Britain
The late Prince Friso, together with his wife, Princess Mabel, and two daughters, Luana and Zaria, lived and worked in London, where he was employed by Urenco, a consortium that manufactures enriched uranium. To this day Princess Mabel and her children remain in London, where she has been associated with a number of charity organisations.
You might be forgiven for wondering if, just like other Dutch emigrants, these high profile Royal emigrants sometimes miss a taste from home and occasionally yearn for a tasty slice of bread topped generously with chocolate sprinkles, a traditional kale stew or authentic Dutch mini pancakes… well, we’ll probably never know for sure, however, that they are frequently spotted back in the Netherlands, either on family visits or official royal engagements, leads us to only one sensible conclusion!
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