Prince hendrik 1913

Prince Hendrik in 1913

Prince Hendrik (Hendrik Karl Wilhelm Van Draak, 17 December 1894 - 5 July 1956) was a Brunanter prince , soldier and resistance member. He was the youngest son of King Pieter II and his wife Sophie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


Early lifeEdit

Prince Hendrik was born at the Realpaleis in Koningstad to King Pieter II and Sophie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He was their youngest son, born after Johan (1881), Caroline (1884) and Louis (1888). Hendrik was educated at Eton College in England from 1907-1912.

Military careerEdit

In 1913, he joined the Royal Guard as an artillery commander. In 1916, he briefly served overseas in Belgium as part of the 8th Infantry Company. He continued serving in the Royal Guard, joining the Realmarine in 1920. He would command the naval forces as Admiral until 1941, when the Germans invaded Brunant and took control of the navy.

Personal and later lifeEdit

Hendrik maria wedding

In 1926, he married Princess Maria Antonia of Bourbon-Parma, a daughter from Robert of Parma's second marriage, in Grijzestad's cathedral. 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.

Prince Hendrik joined the Underground Revolution during the German occupation, using his connections with Europe to assist the counter-occupation movement. Hendrik died in 1955 and his wife survived him until 1971.


Name Life Notes
Princess Marie Caroline 1927-1990 Married Prince August of Hanover and had issue. August was the only son of Prince George William of Hanover. Their only child, Sybilla (born 1949) did not marry.
Princess Augustina 1929-1929 Stillborn.
Princess Christina 1931-1936 Died in infancy.
Princess Clara 1932-1980 Married Charles Hermite and had issue.
Princess Fernanda 1934-1988 Married Johan Andersen and had issue.
Prince Joseph 1936 Married Sophia Kollberg and had issue.
Princess Alexandra 1936-2001 Married Prince Anton of Schaumburg-Lippe. Anton was the youngest son of Prince Wolrad of Schaumburg-Lippe.
Princess Helena 1939-1995 Did not marry.