Bernardo Guillermo

Bernardo Guillermo
Born Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo
(1977-06-17) 17 June 1977
Utrecht, Netherlands
Education Sarah Lawrence College
Pratt Institute
Occupation Furniture designer
Spouse(s) Eva Valdez (m. 2009)
Children 2
Parent(s) Jorge Pérez y Guillermo
Princess Christina of the Netherlands
Relatives Gilberto Perez (paternal uncle)

Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (born 17 June 1977, Utrecht, Netherlands) is a furniture designer and a more distant member of the Dutch Royal Family. He is a first cousin of King Willem-Alexander and Carlos, Duke of Parma.

Life and career

Guillermo was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the eldest child and son of Princess Christina and Havana-born Cuban exile Jorge Pérez y Guillermo. His mother was the youngest child of Queen Juliana and of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. He has one younger brother Nicolás Guillermo (born 1979) and one younger sister Juliana Guillermo (born 1981). Guillermo and his siblings did not receive any royal title because his mother Princess Christina, at that time ninth in line for the Dutch throne, renounced her, and her children's, rights to the throne before converting to Catholicism and marrying a commoner, his father, in 1975. His paternal uncle is the American Professor of Film Studies Gilberto Pérez y Guillermo.

Guillermo was born and raised in Wassenaar, near The Hague, the Netherlands. He moved to New York City in 1994 and has been living in there since. In 1996, he attended Sarah Lawrence College where he studied philosophy and art history. Subsequently Guillermo studied industrial design at the prestigious Pratt Institute from 2002 to 2005.

His work was selected for exhibition at Brooklyn Designs in 2005, and at the 2008 DWR Modern-Design-Function exhibit in New York. His work has been published in the May 2005 issue of the magazine Wallpaper, in which he has been described as one of 10 Most Wanted Designers, and in the December 2005 issue of ArtReview.

Bernardo Guillermo's design studio is based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard area where he and his friends work as a freelancer for the City of New York.

Marriage and children

On 2 March 2009 in a civil ceremony in New York City, he married Eva Marie Valdez, an editor, who has worked for several New York publishing houses, including Rizzoli. She had previously been married to Andrew Michael Prinz.[1] Their religious wedding ceremony took place on 5 September 2009 at the Queen of All Saints Church in Brooklyn, at which many members of Dutch Royal Family were present. Together they have two children, a girl and a boy:



  1. Bernardo Guillermo marries - webblog Royal Musings
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