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Maurits & Marilène Take Vermeer and Rembrandt To Vancouver

  May 11, 2009 at 7:19 am by

Princess Marilène is currently in Vancouver, Canada. The princess was accompanied by her husband, prince Maurits of orange-Nassau, eldest son of princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. The princess opened the exhibition as she is working at the PR department of the Rijksmuseum. After the opening of the exhibion the couple also opened the ‘Dutch Masters Ball’, that was especially organized to mark the occassion. … Continue reading

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‘Palace Killed Laurent’s Acting Career’

  May 11, 2009 at 7:02 am by

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the protocol services of the royal palace in Brussels have prevented prince Laurent from starting an acting carreer in 1995. When Belgian film director Rob Van Eyck was making the short move ‘Berncastel’, with Wendy van Wanten as a woman who commits suicide, he got to know prince Laurent. The prince called actress Wendy van Wanten so frequently that the director once answered the phone instead … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix At International Art Manifestation

  May 11, 2009 at 7:01 am by

On saturday, queen Beatrix of The Netherlands attended the international Art manifestation ”Open Source” in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. The queen looked at sixteen pieces of art that are displayed between a 3 kilometer route between the subway stations Bijlmer-Arena and Kraaiennest. During her walk the queen talked to the artists and she was surrounded by many people from the neighbourhood, who all wanted to take a picture of their … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola in Public Again At The Queen Elisabeth Concours

  May 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm by

Today Queen Fabiola of the Belgians performed her first official duty since her stay in hospital earlier this year. The 80 year old queen was admitted to the hospital in January due to a pneumonia. She left the St. John’s hospital in Brussels on February 20th. The queen attended a concert of the annual queen Elisabeth concours, at the conservatorium in Brussels. The queen received a warm applause when she … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend Memorial Service For Victims ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm by

Queen Beatrix, the prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Margriet and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the memorial service for the victms of the Queen’s Day tragedy that was held tonight in the Orpheus theatre in Apeldoorn. Before the service the royals talked to victims and family of victims. This took so long that the service had to start 15 minutes behind scheduele. Apart from the royal family, 1200 other … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrice d’Orleans Gives Interview to ‘Tiempo’

  May 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm by

Princess Beatrice d’Orleans, countess of Évreux, gave an interview to the Spanish magazine ‘Tiempo’ this week. The princess was born as Beatrice Pasquier de Franclieu, daughter of Bruno de Pasquier de Franclieu, count de Pasquier de Franclieu and Jacqueline Térisse, born in 1941. She married prince Michel of Orleans in a low-key ceremony in Casablance, Morocco on 18 November 1967. Her husband’s father, the late count of Paris, was against … Continue reading

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No Parking Ticket For Pieter van Vollenhoven

  May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

Volkskrant reports that two car-park attendents of the private company ‘Parkeercombinatie Holland’ wrote two fines for the two Audi cars that were wrongly parked at the pavement in front of the shop of ‘Oger’ in the PC Hooftstraat. The cars were transporting Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, brother-in-law of queen Beatrix, who apparently had some suits to buy in the favourite shopping street of the Amsterdam nouveau riche. When the two … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix, Calvin & Us

  May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am by

Yesterday Queen Beatrix opened the exposition ‘Calvin & us’ in the Grote Kerk in Gouda. The evening started with a speech by Ds. Selderhuis, about Calvin, Calvinism and the Netherlands.  Selderhuis also referred to the tragedy in Apeldoorn on April 30th. ‘What real calvinism is, we were able to witness last week. When on a bright day it became dark all of a sudden. Ramsey Nasr, national poet, opened the exhibition with a … Continue reading

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Queen Paola And Princess Mathilde Attend Concert

  May 8, 2009 at 5:43 am by

Queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law princess Mathilde, yesterday attended a concert by José van Dam, the famous Belgian baritone. The concert was hold at the Flagey, a cultural and musical center in Brussels. The concert was organized because of the international breast cancer conference ‘Impakt’ that will be held from 7 to 9 May in Brussels. The conference has been organized by the Jules Bordet Institute and … Continue reading

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Pieter van Vollenhoven Struggles With ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of princess Margriet of The Netherlands confessed to reporters that he struggles with the memories he has of the tragedy that happened on Queen’s Day in Apeldoorn. The professor was a guest speaker at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam today. He was at the university to give a lecture to the students of social sciences. As chairman of the national safety commission he explained … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Against Child Abuse

  May 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium participated in a meeting between Belgian youngsters and youngsters from Southern countries. The children met each other, in a meeting organized by ‘Plan Belgium’ to discuss the theme: daily violence against children from development countries. The meeting was held at the Bronks theatre in Brussels. According to the website of the Belgian royal family thinks it is valuable that youngsters can express themselves on issues that … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Barbara of Schleswig-Holstein

  May 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm by

Princess Barbara of Schleswig-Holstein died on April 28th 2009, she was only 47 years old. The princess was born as Barbara Beata Fertsch in Friedberg, Germany on 27 July 1961. She married prince Alexander of Schleswig-Holstein in a civil ceremony in Munich on 29 August 1994, the religious ceremony was in San Cabaneta, Mallorca on 3 September of the same year. The couple has two children: princess Elena (b. 1995) … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Opens Clinic At St. Peter Hospital

  May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium is known for her dedication to health care. She was therefore the most suitable person to open the new pudendal nerve entrapment clinic of the St. Peter hospital in Brussels. The clinic will be dedicated to problems of the lower pelvis only. One out of three women have problems with their pelvis, sometimes caused by female genital cutting or after a woman gives birth. ‘Over 90 … Continue reading

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Cheers for Queen Beatrix and Pieter van Vollenhoven As They Attend Liberation Day Concerts

  May 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended two different concerts to commemorate Liberation Day, the day the Dutch celebrate that they were liberated from the Nazis on May 5th 1945. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended a concert in Wageningen this morning at the Johannes church. He was escorted by the commissionair of the queen in the province of Guelders, Clemens Cornielje and by former Justice minister … Continue reading

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Coins For Albert II And Queen Paola’s Golden Wedding

  May 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm by

On July 2nd 1959 Prince Albert of Belgium, prince of Liège married the Italian aristocrat Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels. To commemorate this wedding anniversary, the Belgian mint decided to release a commemorative coin. And who could better make the first one than the golden couple themselves? So today king Albert II and queen Paola visited the royal mint today in Brussels to do exactly that. The king … Continue reading

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Prince Willem-Alexander And Princess Máxima Visit Victims’ Families

  May 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm by

Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands visited the families of four of the six people who died at the Apeldoorn tragedy on April 30th. The prince emphasized to the families that he visited them on behalf of the entire royal family. This way the royal family again shows their support for the victims of the Queen’s Day car crash. According to newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ a sister of one of … Continue reading

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Religious Wedding For The Dauphin and Dauphine

  May 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm by

On May 2nd Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme married the Spanish Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart in a religious ceremony at the Our Lady Cathedral in Senlis. The couple married in a civil ceremony in Paris on March 19th. The father of prince Jean is the head of the French royal family: prince Henri of Orléans, count of Paris [Prince Jean is his heir and as the website … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Attends Meeting For Development and Cooperation

  May 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium attends the ‘Development Cooperation Assises’, a forum of Belgian development cooperation policy makers and actors, NGO’s, parlementarians and academics, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The theme of this year’s second assises is ‘The impact of the financial and economic crisis on low-income African countries. Another topic of the forum was to make a balace of realizing the milenium goals set by the United Nations. In … Continue reading

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‘Prince Laurent Wanted To Become A Muslim’

  May 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm by

Belgium’s prince Laurent never ceases to amaze people. This time the Flemish royalty author Jan van den Berghe, claims in his new book ‘God in Laken, het Belgische koningshuis en het katholicisme’ (God at Laeken, the Belgisan royal family and catholicism) that prince Laurent wanted to become a muslim and that he wanted to marry a woman from Mauretania. The magazine ‘Knack’ was able to read Van den Berghe’s book … Continue reading

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Applause for Queen Beatrix at Remembrance Day

  May 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands was applauded during the national remembrance ceremony on Dam square yesterday. The queen, the prince of Orange and princess Maxima were present at the annual ceremony to commemorate the victims of WWII. In the New Church, where the ceremony started, Wim de Bie held a speech about his memories from the war. After that, the royals walked to the memorial statue on Dam square, escorted … Continue reading

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