Prince Pieter-Christiaan, a cousin of King Willem-Alexander, competed in the midwinter half marathon in Apeldoorn on Sunday. It was not the first half marathon for the Prince as he improved on his personal record.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan was well prepared, but on the morning of the race, he had some trouble waking up as he tweeted a picture of himself with the caption: “Almost awake”.
The Prince had attended his aunt Princess Beatrix’s 80th birthday dinner the night before. When a Twitter-follower asked whether he had stayed long, he answered: “Well eeehh….”
Prince Pieter-Christiaan and his wife Princess Anita arrived by car to celebrate his aunt’s birthday. The Prince’s brothers and their wives, his mother Princess Margriet (who is the sister of Princess Beatrix) and his father Pieter van Vollenhoven were also present. Princess Beatrix decided to celebrate her birthday in private surrounded by her closest friends and family.
In the afternoon the Prince took part in the midwinter marathon, a 25 km trail through Apeldoorn. Pieter-Christiaan used to live in Apeldoorn. His father Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven was there to cheer on his third son.
The professor tweeted a picture of his son running with the caption: “Here you can see son number three at the midwinter marathon in Apeldoorn. He runs very beautifully, and he hasn’t got that from me.”
Prince Pieter-Christiaan finished in 1 hour and 48 minutes as he ranked number 201 of the 2617 competitors. The Prince was very happy with this result as he improved his own personal record.
The Prince thanked the organisation as he tweeted afterwards: “Thank you for your hospitality. I have enjoyed once again one of the most beautiful trails of the Netherlands.”
Prince Pieter-Christiaan married Princess Anita in 2005. As the couple didn’t ask permission of the Dutch parliament to get married, the cousin of King Willem-Alexander is no longer in line to the throne. Pieter-Christiaan and Anita have two children: daughter Emma and son Pieter. The children have no titles.