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Crown Princely Villa in Mozambique: ‘A Royal Mess’

  August 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm by

The holiday villa of the prince of Orange in Mozambique is causing more problems than expected by the prince and his wife. As newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported on Saturday, that many things went wrong with the Crown Princely family’s building project in nature area Machangulo, on a peninsula in Mozambique. The project has now turned into such a mess that the Dutch prime minister J.P. Balkenende advised the prince to … Continue reading

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Albert II & Paola Dieting Together

  July 13, 2009 at 6:38 am by

VTM reports that king Albert II and queen Paola of the Belgians are following a diet together. Pictures of the state visit to Romania, earlier this week, showed that the king and queen already lost weight. It is not a very strict diet, according to the palace they just eat a bit less and pay more attention to their health. During the state banquet on the first day of the … Continue reading

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Parliament Wants Prince of Orange to Quit the Dutch Bank

  June 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm by

During the television programme Eén Vandaag, it became clear that a majority of parliament wants that the prince of Orange to quit his position as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Bank (DNB). The parties fear that the prince will come in a vulnerable position due to the credit crunch and the parlementairy research commission after the crisis and the role of the Dutch Bank. The programme … Continue reading

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First Day at Kindergarten for Alexia

  June 30, 2009 at 5:48 am by

Yesterday morning princess Alexia of The Netherlands started her first day in kindergarten. She arrived in the company of her parents, and her older sister princess Amalia at the Bloemcamp school in Wassenaar, where she will start in group 1A. Her teachers Carla Buijs (monday) and Yvonne van Veen (tuesday-friday) welcomed the princess in the class room, which was decorated with yellow, purple and green kites. Outside the class room, … Continue reading

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Princess Alexia Starts School On Monday

  June 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

Princess Alexia of The Netherlands, second daughter of the prince of Orange and princess Máxima, will have her first day on school on monday. This Friday the Princess will become four years old, according tgo newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ she hopes for a ‘cool’ backpack, that she can use. This was said in a private meeting between members of the press and the prince of Orange and his wife. Like her sister … Continue reading

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Leopold II Wanted To Invade The Netherlands

  June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am by

New reports have revealed that King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909) had plans to invade The Netherlands. These plans were found in the royal archives in Brussels by the Flemish journalist and historian Kris Clerckx. The king sent an espionage missions to get information about the strength of the Dutch army, made plans for the invasion and sent a high diplomat to France to get the support of emperor … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Celebrates At Her Old Home

  June 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

On Saturday morning princess Margriet did not have to travel far to her first official activity: she visited the neighbouring palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Here the princess attended the opening of the new terrace and the restaured ‘historical viewpoint’ in the garden of the palace. The opening also marked the 25th anniversary of palace Het Loo as a museum. Princess Margriet, her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven and their sons … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Celebrates With Knights

  June 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm by

On Saturday Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands went to the Grote Kerk in Naarden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch protestant Johanniter order. The Dutch branch of the ancient order was founded in 1909 by prince Hendrik, consort of queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. At the moment the order has over 3000 volunteers and 600 members, who all are active in helping others, like handicapped or lonely people. … Continue reading

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Hermitage Amsterdam Oficially Opened By Beatrix and Medvedev

  June 21, 2009 at 7:59 am by

As mentioned in previous blog entries, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands opened the new Hermitage museum in Amsterdam on Friday evening. The queen was accompanied by her eldest son, the prince of Orange, and her daughter-in-law princess Máxima, who wore an eccentric purple furry outfit, her tutti fruti bracelet and earrings with purple precious stones. The president was accompanied by his wife. The festivities around … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix In The Rain

  June 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

On this rainy Friday morning, queen Beatrix visited the first phase of the art project ‘village images’ in Coevoorden. Seven sculptures are displayed on along route through seven towns in the province of Drenthe. This is only a start though, the project by the foundation ‘Natuurkunst Drenthe’ (Natural Art Drenthe) hopes to have at least 20 sculptures on this route by the year 2012. The scultures have been made since … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Unveil, Speak, Listen And More…

  June 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm by

These last days queen Beatrix, her son prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima had several public activities. On Tuesday HM the Queen went to Slochteren (Groningen), where she celebrated the 50th anniversary of the drilling for gas in the province of Groningen. The queen unveiled an appropriate piece of art from Marc Ruygrok : a methane molecule of 8 meters high. On Wednesday attended the final ceremony of the anti racism … Continue reading

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Golden Herring for Pieter van Vollenhoven

  June 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm by

According to newspaper the ‘Telegraaf’ the best way to describe the annual National herring party at Castle the Nyenrode in Breukelen is to call it the Ascot of the Low Countries. No horses, stylish carriages or bowler hats though, but a lot of Atlantic herring. The ladies with hats might be the only thing it has in common with Ascot. Yesterday was the 68th edition of the party and the … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Reopens the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

  June 14, 2009 at 7:00 am by

Yesterday queen Beatrix reopened the royal palace on Dam square in Amsterdam. The palace was closed for 3,5 years as the interior was adapted. The palace, that was originally built as a city hall in 1648, got new kitchens and bathrooms, furniture was restaured, 45.000 kilo of asbestos was removed and the chandeliers that were found on the attic were restaured and used in several rooms of the palace. The … Continue reading

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Busy Week For Queen Beatrix…

  June 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands had a busy week with a lot of public engagements. On wednesday HM visited the RIVM (National Institute for Health and Environment) in Bilthoven, on the occasion of it’s 100th anniversary. She met the director of the institute, Roel Coutinho, and several other employees. The RIVM started as a small laboratory for health care inspectors but in 100 years it developed into a knowledge institute … Continue reading

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Royals Vote In European Elections

  June 8, 2009 at 6:05 am by

Over the last few days all member states of the European Union organised elections for the European parlament. Belgium’s royal family set a good example and all adult members of the royal family were pictured while visiting the polling stations. The duke and duchess of Brabant voted at a polling station in Laeken, as did princess Astrid, her husband Lorenz and their two eldest children prince Amedeo and princess Maria … Continue reading

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Brazilian Royals Attend Mass For Air France Victims

  June 8, 2009 at 5:29 am by

Members of the imperial family of Brazil attended a mass in Rio de Janeiro in the memory of those who lost their lives in the Air Flace plane last week. One of the passengers was prince Pedro Luís of Orleans-Bragança. His parents, prince Antonio, princess Christine and his siblings prince Rafael, princess Amélia and princess Gabriela were seated on the first row in the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Visit Queen Juliana’s Exposition

  June 8, 2009 at 5:13 am by

On Saturday, queen Beatrix accompanied by most of her family, visited the exposition ‘100 years Juliana’ at palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. The queen should have opened the exposition on Queen’s day, directly after the historical parade. However, the historical parade ended in a tragedy and the rest of the programme was cancelled. The exhibition is organised to mark the 100th birthday of queen Juliana and shows her life while … Continue reading

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Prince Pedro Luí­z on Doomed Air France Flight

  June 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm by

Relatives confirmed that prince Pedro Luíz of Orleans-Bragança (26), descendant of the last emperor of Brazil, is a passenger on the Airbus of Air France that disappeared above the Atlantic Ocean today. The Airbus was on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it disappeared from the radar. On board were 228 people, among them prince Pedro Luíz. Prince Pedro Luíz is the son of prince Antonio of … Continue reading

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Dutch Princesses Show ‘New’ Jewels During Chilean State Visit

  May 26, 2009 at 3:58 am by

Last night princess Máxima and princess Margriet of The Netherlands surprised royalty watchers by their choice of jewelry during the gala dinner for Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile. Princess Máxima wore some new diamond earrings that were never seen before. She combined these earrings with older items like the rose cut bandeau and Queen Juliana’s diamond watch. Princess Margriet however had the biggest surprise of the night, she wore the … Continue reading

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Prince Hubertus Weds American In Coburg

  May 25, 2009 at 4:52 am by

Hereditary prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha married the American investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt this weekend in Coburg, Germany. The couple was married in a civil ceremony on 21 May. On friday night there was a party with a German-American thee in a tent net to Castle Callenberg, the residence of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. On saturday 23 May at 12 PM the religious ceremony started at … Continue reading

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