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Willem van Nassau-Dillenburg

Birthdate:
Birthplace: The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Place of Burial: Delft, Netherland
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick Henry of Nassau, Prince of Orange and Countess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels
Husband of Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
Father of Willem III van Oranje-Nassau, King of England, Ireland, William II of Scotland
Brother of Princess Louise Henrietta, Countess of Nassau; Princess Isabella Charlotte, Countess of Nassau; Albertine Agnes of Nassau; Henriëtte Catharina von Nassau-Dillenburg, Herzogin zu Anhalt-Dessau and Princess Maria, Countess of Nassau
Half brother of Frederik van Nassau, heer van Zuylestein and Princess of ORANGE

Occupation: Prince of Orange & Stadtholder of the Netherlands, comte de Moers, Fürst von Oranien, Graf von Nassau-Dillenburg (1647 - 1650)
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About Willem van Nassau-Dillenburg

William II, Prince of Orange (May 27, 1626 – November 6, 1650), stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from March 14, 1647 until his death.

William II, Prince of Orange, was the son of stadtholder Frederik Hendrik of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. William the Silent had been succeeded in the position of stadtholder and as military commander by his son Maurits of Nassau, who in turn was followed by his brother Frederick Henry. William II’s ancestors governed in conjunction with the States-General, an assembly made up of representatives of each of the seven provinces but usually dominated by the largest and wealthiest province, Holland.

On May 2, 1641 William married Mary Henrietta Stuart, the Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England and Queen Henrietta Maria in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall Palace, London.

In 1648 he opposed acceptance of the Treaty of Münster, despite the fact that it recognized the independence of the Netherlands. Secretly, William opened his own negotiations with France with the goal of extending his own territory under a centralized government. In addition, he worked for the restoration of his brother-in-law, Charles II, to the throne of England. In 1650 William II became involved in a bitter quarrel with the province of Holland and the powerful merchants of Amsterdam, like Andries Bicker over troop reduction following the Treaty of Münster. William opposed the reduction in the size of the army which would diminish his powerbase. This resulted in William putting eight members of the provincial assembly in prison in the castle of Loevestein. In addition he sent his cousin Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz with an army of 10 thousand troops with the aim of taking Amsterdam by force. Bad weather foiled this campaign 1.

After having served as stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel for only three years, he died of smallpox in 1650. His son William was born one week after his death. This was the beginning of the First Stadtholderless Period for the provinces Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel. His son succeeded him in 1672 as stadtholder and later, in 1689, also became king of England.

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William II, Prince of Orange

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William II, Prince of Orange

William II, Prince of Orange

Born 27 May 1626(1626-05-27)

The Hague, Dutch Republic

Died 6 November 1650 (aged 24)

The Hague, Dutch Republic

Religious beliefs Calvinism

Spouse(s) Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

Children William III of England

Parents Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange

Amalia of Solms-Braunfels


Double portrait to commemorate the bethrothal of William and Mary Henrietta Stuart, by Anthony van Dyck.

William II of Orange and Mary Stuart, Princess Royal.William II, Prince of Orange (May 27, 1626 – November 6, 1650), stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from March 14, 1647 until his death.

William II, Prince of Orange, was the son of stadtholder Frederik Hendrik of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. William the Silent had been succeeded in the position of stadtholder and as military commander by his son Maurits of Nassau, who in turn was followed by his brother Frederick Henry. William II’s ancestors governed in conjunction with the States-General, an assembly made up of representatives of each of the seven provinces but usually dominated by the largest and wealthiest province, Holland.

On May 2, 1641 William married Mary Henrietta Stuart, the Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England and Queen Henrietta Maria in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall Palace, London.

In 1648 he opposed acceptance of the Treaty of Münster, despite the fact that it recognized the independence of the Netherlands. Secretly, William opened his own negotiations with France with the goal of extending his own territory under a centralized government. In addition, he worked for the restoration of his brother-in-law, Charles II, to the throne of England. In 1650 William II became involved in a bitter quarrel with the province of Holland and the powerful regents of Amsterdam, like Andries Bicker and his cousin Cornelis de Graeff over troop reduction following the Treaty of Münster. William opposed the reduction in the size of the army which would diminish his powerbase. This resulted in William putting eight members (oa. Jacob de Witt) of the provincial assembly in prison in the castle of Loevestein. In addition he sent his cousin Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz with an army of 10 thousand troops with the aim of taking Amsterdam by force. Bad weather foiled this campaign [1].

After having served as stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel for only three years, he died of smallpox in 1650. His son William was born one week after his death. This was the beginning of the First Stadtholderless Period for the provinces Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel. His son succeeded him in 1672 as stadtholder and later, in 1689, also became king of England.

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1 Ancestors

2 References

2.1 Notes

3 External links


[edit] Ancestors

William II's ancestors in three generations William II, Prince of Orange Father:

Frederik Hendrik of Orange Paternal Grandfather:

William the Silent Paternal Great-grandfather:

William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg

Paternal Great-grandmother:

Juliana of Stolberg

Paternal Grandmother:

Louise de Coligny Paternal Great-grandfather:

Gaspard de Coligny

Paternal Great-grandmother:

Charlotte de Laval

Mother:

Amalia of Solms-Braunfels Maternal Grandfather:

Johan Albrecht I of Solms-Braunfels Maternal Great-grandfather:

Conrad Graf zu Solms-Braunfels

Maternal Great-grandmother:

Elisabeth von Nassau-Dillenburg

Maternal Grandmother:

Agnes of Sayn-Wittgenstein Maternal Great-grandfather:

Ludwig Graf von Sayn-Wittgenstein

Maternal Great-grandmother:

Elisabeth zu Solms-Laubach

-------------------- His sister was Louise Henrietta of Orange & his father was Frederick Henry (d. about 1647).

Sources:

The book, 'Now I Remember'

The book, 'A House of Kings'

The book, 'Scotland, Past & Present'

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William II, Prince of Orange (May 27, 1626 – November 6, 1650), stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from March 14, 1647 until his death.

William II, Prince of Orange, was the son of stadtholder Frederik Hendrik of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. William the Silent had been succeeded in the position of stadtholder and as military commander by his son Maurits of Nassau, who in turn was followed by his brother Frederick Henry. William II’s ancestors governed in conjunction with the States-General, an assembly made up of representatives of each of the seven provinces but usually dominated by the largest and wealthiest province, Holland.

On May 2, 1641 William married Mary Henrietta Stuart, the Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England and Queen Henrietta Maria in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall Palace, London.

In 1648 he opposed acceptance of the Treaty of Münster, despite the fact that it recognized the independence of the Netherlands. Secretly, William opened his own negotiations with France with the goal of extending his own territory under a centralized government. In addition, he worked for the restoration of his brother-in-law, Charles II, to the throne of England. In 1650 William II became involved in a bitter quarrel with the province of Holland and the powerful merchants of Amsterdam, like Andries Bicker over troop reduction following the Treaty of Münster. William opposed the reduction in the size of the army which would diminish his powerbase. This resulted in William putting eight members of the provincial assembly in prison in the castle of Loevestein. In addition he sent his cousin Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz with an army of 10 thousand troops with the aim of taking Amsterdam by force. Bad weather foiled this campaign 1.

After having served as stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel for only three years, he died of smallpox in 1650. His son William was born one week after his death. This was the beginning of the 'First Stadtholderless Era' for the provinces Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel. His son succeeded him in 1672 as stadtholder and later, in 1689, also became king of England.

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Willem II van Nassau-Dillenburg, prins van Oranje's Timeline

1626
May 27, 1626
The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
1641
May 2, 1641
Age 14
The Hague, Holland (South), Netherlands
1650
November 6, 1650
Age 24
The Hague, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
November 14, 1650
Age 24
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
1651
March 8, 1651
Age 24
Delft, Netherland