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Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma to leave post as Dutch Ambassador to the Holy See

It has been announced that Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma will leave his role as Dutch Ambassador to the Holy See. The Prince was appointed to the role in October 2014 and was heavily involved in the planning and visit of King Willem-Alexander to the Vatican last year. The 45-year-old Prince is the son of Princess Irene and a cousin of the King. This was his first role as ambassador, though he has worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Prince is well-qualified for his work with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he studied International Relations at Brown University in the United States and this led to him passing an MA in international Economics and Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins University. His work with the Ministry has seen him in roles as First Secretary to Netherlands Embassy in Baghdad, before working as a political adviser with a Peace Mission in Northern Afghanistan.

Though there is no indication of a future role, he could return to being Special Envoy for Natural Resources, a post which he has held previously. This may be a role close to his heart, as he also worked as a narrator on a series “Africa: War is business” which looked at countries within Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone where they are rich in mineral wealth, but there is also great poverty and conflict. The series looked at the situation and solutions from the viewpoint of international business.

Prince Jaime is the third child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. His parents divorced in 1981. He is a member of the extended Dutch Royal Family. In 2013, he married Viktória Cservenyák, and they have two children: Princess Zita and Princess Gloria. In addition to his work with the extended Dutch Royal Family, and the Foreign Ministry the Prince and Princess also attend christenings, marriages and funerals as representatives of the House of Bourbon-Parma, where the Prince is also known as the Count of Bardi.

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