Biography of Claus von Amsberg (1926-2002)

German diplomat and Prince of the Netherlands, born in Dötzingen (Germany) on September 6, 1926 and died in Amsterdad (the Netherlands) on October 6, 2002. He/She was a member of the Council of State of the Netherlands.

His father, Claus Felix von Amsberg, Member of a noble family from Mecklenburg, was a wealthy planter in Tanganyika, and his mother, Gösta, belonged to the family of the barons de Bussche-Haddenshausen. Amsberg served, as so many young people of their country, in the nazi army, stationed at the front of Italy with the 90 Armored Division. A few days before being sent to the front line of battle, the war ended. He/She was captured by British troops and sent to a concentration camp ally. There, a court in debugging it after "not involved" in the conflict and acquitted him.

At the end of the war, Amsberg graduated in law and political science in Hamburg and in 1957 joined the diplomatic corps. He/She was Secretary in the Embassy of the Federal Republic in Santo Domingo and Côte d'Ivoire. He/She also worked as Adviser for African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn and added. He/She met the then Princess Beatriz in 1964 at the wedding of some common friends. The treatment for both young people was becoming more intense over time and they decided to get married.

Convince the Kings was not as difficult as making the Government transigiera with the decision of the heiress. Amsberg did not have problems of religion and their ancestors considered themselves acceptable enough. The most controversial was his past in the nazi army, since Holland had been occupied during the second world war. An official investigation was opened and Amsberg was completely innocent of war crimes. Parliament authorized the link but Amsberg minion Dutch should be done before.

The day of the wedding, Amsberg received the treatment of Royal Highness and the title of Prince of the Netherlands. Despite the campaign in favor of the one chosen by the Princess, the people showed their disagreement link day, when the newly married couple received a ferocious blast and jeers to the step of the carriage that transported them to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

Amsberg, shy by nature, had to face from the outset to this public opinion always against. He/She had to care for his words and have tactfully in his public statements, also tried to ease their acceptance with learning the Dutch language in a very short time. After the abdication of Queen Juliana in 1980, Beatriz ascended the throne and in accordance with the Cabinet, enabled her husband so that in the event of a contingency, it took the Regency, charge that would have gone to Princess Daisy, third sister of the Queen prior to this provision,.

Main adviser of the Queen and the Government Public Affairs, finally got to earn the respect of the Dutch people, by demonstrating his humility, honesty and dishonesty. At the end of 1982, he/she fell into a nervous depression requiring medical attention on several occasions. Later, Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer gradually impair your health. The Princes Guillermo Alejandro, Juan Friso and Constantine were born from his marriage with Beatriz II of Holland.

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