Prince Hendrik was born in Koningstad (at the Realpaleis) to King Pieter II and Queen Sophie of Brunant. He was their youngest son, born after Johan (1881), Caroline (1884), Louis (1888). Hendrik was educated in Eton College from 1907-1912.
In 1913 he joined the Royal Guard as an artillery commander. In 1916 he briefly served overseas in Belgium, but was forced back home after his sister's death in France that year. He continued serving in the royal guard, joining the Realmarine in 1920. He would command the naval forces until 1941, when the Germans invaded Brunant and took control of the navy.
Personal and later lifeEdit
In 1926 he married Princess Maria Antonia (daughter of Robert of Parma) in Grijzestad. They had their first daughter in 1927, but later Maria had several miscarriages and a stillborn daughter, Augustina in 1929. He would have six children which survived infancy, including one son. He joined the Underground Revolution during WWII, using his connections with Europe to assist the counter-occupation movement. Hendrik died in 1955 and his wife survived him until 1971.
|Princess Marie Caroline||1927-1990||Married Prince August of Hanover and had issue. August was the only son of Prince George William of Hanover.|
|Princess Christina||1931-1936||Died in infancy.|
|Princess Clara||1932-1980||Married Charles Hermite and had issue.|
|Princess Fernanda||1934-1988||Married Johan Andersen, had issue.|
|Prince Joseph||born 1936||Married Sophia Kollberg|
|Princess Alexandra||1936-2001||Married Prince Anton of Schaumburg-Lippe.|
|Princess Helena||1939-1995||Did not marry.|