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King Albert II Meets European Champion

  March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm by

King Albert II today gave several people an audience in the royal palace of Brussels. First he received Mrs. Julie Fernandez-Fernandez, secretary of state for people with an handicap, under the minister of social affairs and health. After this audience the king, joined by the co-chairmen of the Royal Belgian Athelitic Association, received European champion Eline Berings, who won gold on the 60 metre hurdles at the European Indoor championship … Continue reading

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New Bismarck Descendant Born in Milan

  March 11, 2009 at 5:48 am by

On March 3rd a daughter was born to count Gregor von Bismarck and his wife, countess Samantha. The baby, named Wilhelmina, was born in Milan and she has two older brothers named Léon and Otis. Count Gregor von Bismarck is the 3rd son of Fürst Ferdinand von Bismarck and his wife Fürstin Elisabeth, née countess Lippens. He worked as a film producer and as an actor in the past and … Continue reading

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Busy Days for Belgian Royals

  March 11, 2009 at 5:31 am by

The first two days of this week started with a busy agenda for the Belgian royals. On monday king Albert II gave an audience to Mr. Bernhard Clerfayt at the royal palace of Brussels. Mr. Clerfayt is a secretary of state for the modernisation of the federal Finances. On the same day prince Philippe attended a networking cocktail at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. During this cocktail people who participate … Continue reading

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Newborn Italian Prince Will Be Prince of Piedmont

  March 11, 2009 at 5:00 am by

Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, who was born only four days ago, received the additional title of ‘Prince of Piedmont’ from his grandfather, the Duke of Aosta. The baby prince was born in Paris on March 7th and is the son of prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta and princess Olga of Greece. This title emphasizes the rivalry between the two branches of the Italian royal family, as prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid and prince Laurent Keep Their Donation – For Now

  March 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm by

The chairman of the Belgian senate, Armand de Decker (Walloon liberals), who is a member of the commission of parliamentarians who are researching the donation of the Belgian royal family, denies that princess Astrid and prince Laurent will not receive a donation anymore. Newspaper De Standaard reports that he also is critical of Pol van den Driessche, a Flemish Christian democrat who also is a member of the commission that … Continue reading

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A boy for prince Aimone and princess Olga of Savoy-Aosta

  March 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm by

Today prince Aimone of Savoy, duke of Puglie and princess Olga of Greece became the proud parents of a baby boy named Umberto. The boy is named after Italy’s last king, Umberto II. Prince Aimone and his father the duke of Aosta are involved in a dynastic dispute with the son of Umberto, prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy about who is the rightful claimant to the Italian throne. Prince Aimone … Continue reading

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Princess Annette Opens Care & Housing Project

  March 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm by

Today Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau returned to the town where she grew up, to open a housing & care complex for multible disabled children in Dorst (municipalty of Oosterhout). The princess, who rarely has public duties and lives a life out of the limelight in Amsterdam, was invited by Ton and Linda van der Veer, two inhabitants of Dorst. This couple took the initiative to start this small scale project … Continue reading

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Pieter van Vollenhoven Attends Plane Crash Memorial

  March 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, brother-in-law of queen Beatrix, attended the memorial service that was organized in a hangar in Schiphol-East for the victims of the plane crash with a plane of Turkish Airways, ten days ago. During this crash nine people lost their lives and 80 people got injured. Apart from Pieter van Vollenhoven the mayor of Haarlemmermeer, the Dutch ministers of Internal Affairs and Justice, the Turkish ambassador … Continue reading

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Belgian Crown Princely Couple Celebrates International Women’s Day

  March 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm by

According to the website of the Belgian royal family, prince Philippe and his wife princess Mathilde today met several strong women at their palace of Laeken. The couple invited 13 succefull Belgian women for a lunch on the occassion of the International Woman’s Day. Among the guests were tennis player Justine Henin, the governor of the province of Antwerp, Cathy Berx and violinist Marie Hallinck. In previous years the crown … Continue reading

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Queen’s Day Will Cost 645.000 Euros

  March 6, 2009 at 5:29 am by

The mayor and aldermen of the city of Apeldoorn announced that the total costs of Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) that will be celebrated in Apeldoorn this year, will be 645.000 euros. Of this amount 377.000 euros will be used for the festivities themselves and for communication and PR around the visit of the royal family to Apeldoorn. The remaining 268.000 euro will be used for extra duties like regulating traffic and … Continue reading

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Dutch Government Remains Silent About Queen Beatrix’s Nationality

  March 5, 2009 at 5:36 pm by

The Dutch government refuses to say anything about a possible double nationality of Queen Beatrix. This becomes clear in a letter of minister Eberhard van der Laan (Labour) to Green-Left parliamentarian Tofik Dibi. Dibi asked the minister if he was aware of the possibility that queen Beatrix has a double nationality. In his letter the minister replied that the queen has the Dutch nationality, not answering if she has more … Continue reading

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Sale of Salem Castle Will Be Signed On 19 March

  March 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

Tuesday it was announced that the renovation of Schloss Salem will cost 47 million euros. The costs will however be spread over a period of 25 years. In the upcoming 10 years the costs will be 20 million euros. Last year the former Grand Ducal family of Baden announced their intention to sell the castle, that is located near the Bodensee in Southern Germany. After a few unsuitable potential buyers … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde’s Family Ends Feud

  March 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

“Life is too short to be fighting,” count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz, uncle of Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde, tells the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Mathilde’s father, the late count Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz was involved in a fight with his brothers Henri and Raoul for years, mainly about a property in Westbroek. The fight was covered in the press and even the court tried to mediate. The stroke and death of count … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange With Environment Minister in Malmö

  March 5, 2009 at 11:40 am by

The Prince of Orange and the Dutch Environment Minister, Jacqueline Cramer, visited the Swedish city of Malmö today, reports GDP’s royalblog. The prince and the minister visited various spots in the city where projects of sustainable building have been realised. Among other thing, they visited the neighbourhood of Augustenburg where the group saw a botanical garden that was made on the roof of a building. In the afternoon they visited … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Visits Projects of “Her” Fund

  March 5, 2009 at 10:40 am by

Princess Máxima spent the day yesterday visiting projects of the Orange Fund, the fund that she and her husband received as a wedding present from the Dutch people. First the princess visited the programme “Aging Actively”, in the Seniors Hobby Center in Mill and St.Hubert. The programme was started two years ago tries to prevent seniors from getting lonely. Later the princess visited the foundation Boy-4-ever in the city of … Continue reading

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Pieter van Vollenhoven: Meter Caused Plane Crash

  March 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm by

Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, bother-in-law of Dutch queen Beatrix, today announced that a faulty altitude meter probably is the cause of the crash of an airplane of Turkish Airways near Schiphol Airport one week ago. Nine people, including the three pilots, were killed when the Boeing 737-800 ploughed into a muddy field last Wednesday. Around 80 people got wounded, 28 of which are still in the hospital. Pieter van … Continue reading

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French Prince And Fiancee Attend Charity Ball in Madrid

  March 3, 2009 at 11:59 pm by

Prince Jean of France, duke of Vendôme and his fiancee Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart attended a charity ball in the Casino of Madrid. The ball was organised by the Spanish branch of the order of Malta and was attended by various members of the order The duke of Vendôme and Philomena de Tornos got engaged in November 2008. The is planning to marrying the cathedral of Senlis on May … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima on Sustainable Banking

  March 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm by

Princess Máxima attended the seminar ‘Global Alliance for Banking on Values’ at the Triodos Bank in Zeist this morning.  The seminar was held to mark the foundation of a cooperation between 12 international, sustainable banks. Apart from princess Máxima , mr. A. Steiner, director-general of the UN environmental programme UNEP and vice secretairy general of the UN also held a speech. In her speech, princess Máxima spoke about the importance … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange Visits Military Rehabilitation Center

  March 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm by

The prince of Orange visited the military rehabilitation center (MRC) in Doorn. The prince spoke with soldiers that are rehabilitating, most of them got wounded in Afghanistan. After these talks he opened a new wing of the rehabilitation center. Willem-Alexander also spoke with specialists at the MRC, who demonstrated the innovative rehabilitation machine CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment). With CAREN patients can practice their rehabilitation in a virtual world, which … Continue reading

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Twelve Foundations Managed from Noordeinde Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 6:17 am by

Twelve foundations and trusts are listed on the adress Noordeinde 68, the asdress of Noordeinde Palace in the Hague. This was written in a letter by prime minister Mr. Dr. J. P. Balkenende to the second chamber of parliament.   Parliament asked for an overview after controversies arose about an article in the Volkskrant about the money of princess Christina, youngest sister of queen Beatrix. Her money is on a … Continue reading

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