Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, the husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, has been diagnosed with the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma, the Royal House of the Netherlands announced today.
In a press release, they said he would undergo a procedure to remove the melanoma tissue, “The tissue will be outpatient removed at the Dutch Cancer Institute / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam in the short term.”
The procedure is expected to take place in the coming days.
His future engagements have been cancelled including his attendance at the official opening meeting of the Millingerwaard nature reserve; State Secretary Van Dam will go in his place.
This is not the first time Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven has been diagnosed with skin cancer. He was previously diagnosed in 2001 and 2014. Both times, the cancer tissue was successfully removed.
Princess Margriet, maternal aunt of King Willem-Alexander, and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven recently returned from an official visit to Canada from 13 to 17 May 2017.
Pieter van Vollenhoven was born on 30 April 1939 in Schiedam. He was the second son of Pieter van Vollenhoven senior and Jacoba Gijsbertha van Vollenhoven-Stuyling de Lange. He met Princess Margriet at Leiden University; their engagement was announced on 10 March 1965. They married on 10 January 1967 in The Hague. Together they have four children: Prince Maurits (b. 1968), Prince Bernhard (b. 1969), Prince Pieter-Christiaan (b. 1972) and Prince Floris (b. 1975).
They also have 11 grandchildren: Anna, Lucas and Felicia (children of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène); Isabella, Samuel and Benjamin (children of Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette); Emma and Pieter (children of Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita); and Magali, Eliane and Willem Jan (children of Prince Floris and Princess Aimée).
Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven live in Het Loo House in Apeldoorn.