Frans A. de Graaf

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Person.png Frans A. de Graaf  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(secretary, deep state functionary)
Aankomst Prins Bernhard op Schiphol uit New York Met dr de Graaf , particulie, Bestanddeelnr 908-1185.jpg
De Graaf (left) with Prince Bernhard (right) at Schiphol Airport on the way back from New York, 2 November 1956
Born18 October 1905
Haarlem, Netherlands
Died23 July 1962 (Age 56)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Alma materErasmus University Rotterdam
Parents • Jan Joost de Graaff
• Anna Ernesta Hermine Wüppermann
Private secretary of Prince Bernhard

Dr. Frans Adriaan de Graaff was private secretary of Prince Bernhard. He attended early Bilderberg meetings.


De Graaff was a member of the Dutch Patrician family De Graaff and a son of lawyer Jan Joost de Graaff (1873-1935) and Anna Ernesta Hermine Wüppermann (1882-1937). His father's sister, Anna Margaretha de Graaff (1875-1943), was married in 1913 to Henricus Cato van Kleffens (1861-1942), the father of Minister Eelco van Kleffens (1894-1983), making Minister van Kleffens and De Graaff cousins ​​in practice.

De Graaff obtained his doctorate in Rotterdam in 1930 with a doctorate in commercial sciences for his dissertation Relation of government and parliament. In 1932 he married Johanna Hendrina van Publiekhuijsen with whom he had a son.


In 1946 he compiled a "Chronicle of War and Occupation". He then worked at Heineken, then became director of the Van Vollenhoven brewery and finally secretary of the board of trustees of the Netherlands School of Economics, where he also obtained his doctorate.

From November 1, 1950, he was private secretary to Prince Bernhard as the successor of Mr. Jan Thomassen (1908-1951) . In 1951 he published a travelogue of Bernhard's visit to South America.[1] On April 12, 1962, De Graaff was involved in a car accident near the Tarzanbocht (Utrecht), which initially did not seem serious. A little later he had to be hospitalized and in May he was temporarily replaced in his position by Henri Fock (1926-1993) when it turned out that the consequences were more serious and from which he would also die a few months later. De Graaff remained Bernhard's official secretary until his death.

De Graaff was appointed commander in the House Order of Orange on November 1, 1960.


Events Witnessed

Bilderberg/1955 MarchFrance
The second Bilderberg meeting, held in France. Just 42 guests, fewer than any other.
Bilderberg/1955 SeptemberGermany
The third Bilderberg, in West Germany. The subject of a report by Der Spiegel which inspired a heavy blackout of subsequent meetings.
Bilderberg/1957 OctoberItaly
The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.
The 7th Bilderberg and the first one in the UK. 72 guests
The 9th such meeting and the first one in Switzerland. 61 participants + 4 "in attendance". The meeting report contains a press statement, 4 sentences long.
The 10th Bilderberg, the first in Canada and the 2nd outside Europe.
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  1. Frans A. de Graaf Met de Prins op reis. Haarlem, [1951].
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