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Willem I "de Zwijger" van Nassau-Dillenburg, Prins van Oranje, Stadhouder van Holland, Zeeland en Utrecht

Also Known As: "Willem van Oranje", "William the Silent", "Willem de Zwijger", "Vader des Vaderlands", "Part 1 William I 1533-1584 "the Silent"", "Count of Nassau", "Vianden and Dietssz", "Prince of Orange 1544-1584", "Lord of Egmond and Count of Buren 1551-1584", "Stadtholder of Holla..."
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Nassau-Dillenburg, Deutschland(HRR)
Death: July 10, 1584 (51)
Delft, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande (Assassination by Balthasar Gérard)
Place of Burial: Delft, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem I, Graf von Nassau-Dillenburg and Juliana, Gräfin zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
Husband of Anna van Egmont van Buren; Anna von Sachsen, Prinzessin van Oranje-Nassau; Charlotte de Bourbon, prinses van Oranje and Louise de Coligny, Fürstin von Oranien-Nassau
Father of Marle Jane Webber; Maria van Nassau; Filips Willem van Nassau, prins van Oranje; Maria Van Nassau, Gräfin zu Hohenlohe-Neuenstein; Justinus van Nassau Dillenburg and 13 others
Brother of Hermanna Gräfin von Nassau; Johan VI (IV), Graf von Nassau-Dillenburg; Ludwig, Graf von Nassau; Princess Maria van Nassau; Adolf, Graf von Nassau and 6 others
Half brother of Elisabeth von Nassau-Dillenburg; Magdalena von Nassau-Dillenburg; Katharina von Hanau-Münzenberg; Philipp III von Hanau-Münzenberg, Graf and Juliane von Hanau

Occupation: Prins Willem "de Zwijger" ("The Silent") van Oranje, Graaf van Nassau (Stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands), Prince of Orange, Fürst von Oranien (1544 - 1584) Graf von Nassau, 1577 Generalstatthalter in den Niederlanden
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William the Silent in English Wikipedia

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William I 1533-1584 "the Silent", Count of Nassau, Vianden and Dietssz, Prince of Orange 1544-1584, Lord of Egmond and Count of Buren 1551-1584, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht and Burgundy, VisCount of Antwerp, Baron of Breda 1559-1584, Stadholder of Brabant 1577, Stadtholder of Frisia 1580 clclick the image to enlarge

William I, Prince of Orange, also widely known as William the Silent (Dutch: Willem de Zwijger), or simply William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje),was born on 24 April 1533 in the castle of Dillenburg in Nassau, present-day Germany.

He was the eldest son of William "the Rich", Count of Nassau and Juliana of Stolberg-Werningerode, and was raised a Lutheran. He had four younger brothers and seven younger sisters: John, Hermanna, Louis, Mary, Anna, Elisabeth, Katharine, Juliane, Magdalene, Adolf and Henry.

When his cousin, René of Châlon, Prince of Orange, died childless in 1544, the eleven-year-old William inherited all Châlon's property, including the title Prince of Orange, on the condition that he receive a Roman Catholic education. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. Besides Châlon's properties, he also inherited vast estates in the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium). Because of his young age, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V served as the regent of the principality until William was fit to rule. William was sent to Brussels to study under the supervision of Mary of Habsburg (Mary of Hungary), the sister of Charles V and governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (Seventeen Provinces). In Brussels, he was taught foreign languages and received military and diplomatic education and became a wealthy nobleman.


Predecessor: [René of Châlon] Successor: [Philip William]

  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Friesland, Leader of the Dutch Revolt: In office 1559–1584
  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht: In office 1559 – 1567 (removed from office after flight) Monarch: Philip II of Spain

Predecessor: [ Maximilian II of Burgundy] Successor: Maximilien de Hénin-Liétard

  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht (reinstated by States General) In office 1572 – 1584 (assassination)

Predecessor: Maximilien de Hénin-Liétard Successor: [Adolf van Nieuwenaar] (Utrecht) [Maurice of Nassau] (Holland and Zeeland) Republican Stadtholder of Friesland: In office 1580 – 1584 (assassination)

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Willem van Oranje's Timeline

April 24, 1533
Dillenburg, Nassau-Dillenburg, Deutschland(HRR)
May 4, 1533
November 22, 1553
Age 20
December 19, 1554
Age 21
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Age 22
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Age 25
October 31, 1562
Age 29
Age 28