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German President Arrives for Belgian State Visit

  March 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm by

The German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt have begun a three-day State Visit to Belgium today, Tuesday March 8. Upon their arrival at the airport in Brussels, they were greeted by Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards the President and Mrs Schadt were officially received by Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. The King with President Gauck inspected the guard … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima at the “Global Alliance for Banking Values” Meeting

  March 8, 2016 at 10:09 am by

As a Special Advocate of the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development, Her Majesty Queen Máxima attended today, Tuesday March 8, at the 8th Annual Meeting of the “Global Alliance for Banking Values” (GABV) held at the Triodos Bank in Zeist. The Queen took part at the panel discussion titled: “It’s Banking But Not As We Know It. Values-based Banking At a Crossroads”. The focus of the meeting was … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Antwerp

  February 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm by

Today, Thursday February 25, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Antwerp. Upon their arrival in the municipality of Arendonk, the Royal Couple visited Talander, a non-profit institution dedicated to adult people with intellectual disabilities. During the visit the King and the Queen met the director of Talander, Jos Sierens, made a tour of the residence and were informed about all the activities made … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima In Pakistan: February 9-11

  February 12, 2016 at 9:27 am by

As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, Her Majesty Queen Maxima paid a three-day visit to Pakistan from Tuesday February 9 to Thursday February 11. The first day of the visit, Tuesday February 9, the Queen had a meeting in Islamabad with Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. Then Queen Maxima attended at the launch event of the … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Spices Up International Film Festival Rotterdam

  January 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm by

Yesterday evening, Wednesday January 27, Queen Máxima was present at the official opening of the 45th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) at the convention center De Doelen in Rotterdam. At her arrival the Queen, who was wearing a colorful Etro jumpsuit, was welcomed by Bero Beyer and Janneke Staarink, respectively artistic director and business director of the Festival. The theme of this year’s edition is “ID Check”, a … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Attends National Reading Breakfast Days

  January 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm by

Today, Wednesday January 27, Princess Laurentien attended the launch of the National Reading Breakfast Days in the Primary School “De Ladder” in Maarn, in the province of Utrecht. This school is known for its high priority towards the language development and reading: owns a library in the school and organizes various reading activities. During the visit, the Princess read to the children of grade 1 and 2 the book “We … Continue reading

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Belgian and Dutch Royals Attend EU Presidency Concert

  January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm by

On the occasion of the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attended on Friday the official opening concert. The concert, held at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, was performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that was led by the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt. They played compositions by Wagner Prelude and … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Appointed As Advocate For Sustainable Development

  January 19, 2016 at 6:32 am by

The Belgian Royal Palace has announced today that Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was appointed as member of the Advocacy Group for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. The group consists of 15 eminent personalities that will help the Organization of the United Nations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Last September, the United Nations Member States adopted … Continue reading

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Dutch New Year’s Receptions

  January 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family attended the Annual New Year’s Receptions on January 12 and 13. The first reception, on Tuesday, was held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. At the reception were present Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ministers, political leaders and members of the Dutch … Continue reading

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The Netherlands Takes Over the EU Presidency

  January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm by

To mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, today January 7, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima received the European Commission at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. At the reception were present Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, other members of the committee and the Dutch Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima at the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award 2016

  January 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm by

Today, Wednesday January 6, Her Majesty Queen Máxima had her first engagement of 2016 at the presentation of the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award 2016 in the flower park Keukenhof in Lisse. This was the 30th edition of the award and theme this year was “Future proof business”. The winner was Ebben Nurseries, a producer of trees and other plants for the realization of green projects founded in 1862. Embed from Getty Images … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima attends the Prix de Rome 2015 Award

  December 18, 2015 at 11:01 am by

Yesterday, Thursday December 17, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the ceremony of the award Prix de Rome 2015 at the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. The winner of this year was visual artist Magali Reus, who received the award from Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. She was awarded a cash prize of 40,000€ and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. Magali Reus … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Presents Prince Claus Award 2015

  December 3, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday December 2nd, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel attended the ceremony of the Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. As Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund, Prince Constantijn presented this year’s award to the Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian. Newsha Tavakolian was awarded for “for her beautiful and moving account of the complex and ambiguous … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Visits Washington For Finance Forum

  December 2, 2015 at 10:23 am by

As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, Queen Máxima attended the “Financial Inclusion Forum” in Washington on Monday December 1st. The Forum, organized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was held at the building of the Department of the Treasury. View image | gettyimages.com Besides the Queen were present U.S. Secretary of the … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Awards Prince Bernhard Culture Prize

  November 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm by

Today, Monday November 30, Her Majesty Queen Máxima handed over the Prince Bernhard Culture Prize 2015 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam. The award went to architect Francine Houben. Koningin Máxima reikt oeuvreprijs van @Cultuurfonds uit aan architect Francine Houben #cultuurfonds pic.twitter.com/CoJYUWkF2e — Koninklijk Huis (@koninklijkhuis) November 30, 2015 Francine Houben, born in Sittard in 1955, is a Dutch architect, founding partner and creative director of … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Award Erasmus Prize 2015

  November 26, 2015 at 6:07 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with Princess Beatrix and Prince Constantijn attended yesterday, Wednesday November 25, the Erasmus Prize Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The theme of this year was “Digital culture and the dissemination of knowledge”. The King presented this year’s prize to the “Wikipedia Community”. Wikipedia received the award because “it has facilitated the dissemination of knowledge through a set at any accessible encyclopedia.” At … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Hainaut

  November 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm by

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Hainaut today, Thursday November 19. Upon their arrival in the municipality of Ath, the Royal Couple went to the “Institut Technique Libre”, an advanced technology center. During the visit the King and Queen made a tour of the Institute along with some students who showed them the results of their works. Visite en province de #Hainaut: centre … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima in Bangladesh: November 16-18

  November 19, 2015 at 12:52 am by

As a special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for inclusive finance for development and on invitation of the Government, Her Majesty Queen Maxima paid a visit to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh from Monday November 16 until Wednesday November 18. At the arrival at the airport in Dhaka, the Queen was welcomed by Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister and Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank. Afterwards … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima in Turkey

  November 16, 2015 at 7:27 am by

As a special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for inclusive finance for development, Queen Máxima attended in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday November 15 the launch of the “SME Finance Forum’s Global Membership Network” during the G20 meeting. The Queen attended the launch along with Cevdet Yilmaz, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs of Turkey. The Finance Forum 2015 is the first annual gathering of senior leaders … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde in Ethiopia: Days Three and Four

  November 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde continued her mission in Ethiopia on Wednesday November 11. On her third day of the visit the Queen went to Kersa, a district in the East of the Oromia Region.  Along with local authorities and UNICEF volunteers, Queen Mathilde visited the Nagaya Omer Kule Health Post, a medical center. The Queen was informed about the projects held by UNICEF in the fields of health, care, nutrition. … Continue reading

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