Henry Casimir II, Prince of Nassau-Dietz

Henry Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz (The Hague, 18 January 1657 Leeuwarden, 25 March 1696) was Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen from 1664 till 1696.

Henry Casimir II
Henry Casimir II by Lancelot Volders
Born(1657-01-18)18 January 1657
The Hague
Died25 March 1696(1696-03-25) (aged 39)
Leeuwarden
BuriedGrote of Jacobijnerkerk in Leeuwarden
Noble familyNassau
Spouse(s)Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau
Issue
FatherWilliam Frederick, Prince of Nassau-Dietz
MotherCountess Albertine Agnes of Nassau

Life

Henry Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz was the eldest son of Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz and Countess Albertine Agnes of Nassau, daughter of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel. When his father, a member of the branch of Nassau-Dietz, died in 1664, he was made stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen (under guardianship of his mother as he was then seven years old). In 1675, Friesland voted to make its stadtholdership hereditary in the house of Nassau-Dietz. Hendrik Casimir II was therefore the first Friesian stadtholder. In 1683, he married his cousin Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau, daughter of John George II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau. Hendrik Casimir was succeeded as stadtholder by his son Johan Willem Friso of Orange-Nassau.

Issue

From his marriage, Henry Casimir II had the following children:

Ancestors

Henry Casimir II, Prince of Nassau-Dietz
Born: 18 January 1657 Died: 25 March 1696
Regnal titles
Preceded by
William Frederick
Prince of Nassau-Dietz
1664–1696
Succeeded by
John William Friso
Political offices
Preceded by
William Frederick
Stadholder of Friesland and Groningen
1664–1696
Succeeded by
John William Friso
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