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Dutch Royal Family Presents Prince Claus Award 2014

  December 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by

Earlier this week, on December 10, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima along with Prince Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel attended the ceremony of the Prince Claus Award at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. This year the award went to Colombian artist and plant expert Abel Rodríguez. Prince Constantijn, as honorary chair of the Prince Claus Fund, presented the award. Mr. Rodriguez received this award for “his knowledge as … Continue reading

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New Portraits of the Dutch “Triple A” Team

  December 6, 2014 at 11:14 pm by

The three daughters of the Dutch King have had new portraits released by the Royal House, in time for the holiday season (and the upcoming birthday of the Princess of Orange). Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – affectionately known as the AAA Team – were photographed earlier in the year at their home in Wassenaar by Jeroen van der Meyde. Individual portraits of each of the girls were taken, as well … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Awards Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize

  December 2, 2014 at 4:32 am by

Yesterday, December 1, Queen Máxima presented the Prince Bernard Cultural Prize 2014 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam. This year the award went to Johan Simons. Johan Simons, born in Heerjansdam in 1946, is a Dutch theater and opera director and theater intendant. Mr Simons received this award for his outstanding contributions to the theater arts at home and abroad. From January 1 2017, he will be … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Visits China

  November 29, 2014 at 2:34 am by

As a special advocate of the United Nation’s Secretary-General for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) and at the invitation of the Chinese government, Queen Máxima visited China from November 24 to November 28. On Monday November 24, The Queen met Mr. Alain Noudehou, the UN coordinator in China at the UNDP office in Beijing. In the evening the Queen attended a working dinner at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend MH17 National Memorial

  November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

The Dutch monarch and his spouse led mourners today at the national memorial service for victims of the MH17 plane disaster in Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, accompanied by Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, joined 1,600 relatives and friends of the 298 victims for the service which was held at a capacity RAI Conference Centre. In the glow of 298 candles, the names of all … Continue reading

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Baptism of Willem Jan van Vollenhoven

  November 10, 2014 at 10:10 am by

Prince Floris and Princess Aimée baptised their son, Willem Jan, yesterday at the chapel of Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. All members of the Dutch Royal Family, bar Princess Mabel and her two daughters, attended the event. While they were posing for photos upon arrival, some of the family joked that Willem Jan was the first child they had seen walk into their own baptism (the youngest van Vollenhoven was … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to South Korea

  November 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm by

After their arrival in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday November 2, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started a two-day State Visit on Monday November 3. The visit began in the morning when the Royal Couple went to the Seoul National Cemetery where they laid a wreath and burned incense at the Memorial Tower. The King and Queen were greeted by three South Korean veterans. Then the Dutch King and Queen … Continue reading

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Dutch Monarch Begins State Visit to Japan

  October 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen today began their state visit to Japan, which will last until Friday. On hand for the welcoming ceremony at Imperial Palace were Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Both Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Masako wore shades of orange – the Queen in a burnt-orange silk dress paired with her signature turban-style headwear, the Crown Princess in a traditional peach … Continue reading

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Canadian Governor-General Visits The Netherlands

  October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima today received the Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, in an audience at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. The royal couple posed for photographs with the Governor-General and his wife Sharon, who wore a deep red dress and matching embroidered overcoat. The Queen recycled a bright pink dress with a feature hem, paired with black accessories. This meeting was followed by a meeting with the Dutch … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima at the World Food Day Conference

  October 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm by

As a special advocate of the United Nations’ Secretary-General for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Máxima attended on Thursday the World Food Day Conference at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome. The World Food Day is commemorated every year on October 16, the anniversary of the founding of FAO in 1945. The Queen at her arrival was greeted by Josè Graziano Da Silva, FAO Director-General. This year, … Continue reading

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Spanish King & Queen Visit the Netherlands

  October 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain paid an introductory visit to their Dutch counterparts today, visiting The Hague. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at Noordeinde Palace, where the two couples greeted each other with friendly hugs and kisses. Obligatory photos were taken, ahead of a private lunch. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia went on to pay a visit to the … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Presents Her New Book

  October 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm by

On Sunday October 5th, Princess Laurentien presented her new fairytale book written along with the children’s author Paul van Loon. The presentation took place at the theme park “Efteling”. De Sprookjessprokkelaar, the title of the book, is about a fairy tale library situated in an old, abandoned castle. The book teaches the importance of reading and reading aloud. The Princess was accompanied by her husband, Prince Constantijn, and their three children: … Continue reading

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Prinsjesdag 2014

  September 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family has celebrated today, September 16, the traditional opening of the Parliament, Prinsjesdag. King Willem-Alexander was accompanied by his wife, Queen Máxima, his brother, Prince Constantijn and his sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien. The Royal Couple left Noordeinde Palace in the Golden Carriage at 13:00, heading to the Knight’s Hall. Inside the Ridderzaal, King Willem-Alexander read the speech from the throne. The King started by remembering the tragedy of … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Opens Taalhuis

  September 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm by

Princess Laurentien today opened the Taalhuis at the Central Library in The Hague. The opening of the Taalhuis – Language House – took place on International Literacy Day, which also marks the beginning of literacy week in the Netherlands. The aim of the centre is to provide courses for individuals who wish to improve their Dutch reading, writing and speaking skills. During the event, Princess Laurentien – who incorporated the opening’s … Continue reading

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Festivities in Maastricht to Mark 200th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  August 31, 2014 at 2:24 am by

The heads of state of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany gathered in Maastricht yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt for the celebrations, entitled ‘Hello World!’, in Maastricht, which included a fashion show, concert and an … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Receive First MH17 Victims

  July 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were yesterday present for a solemn service at Eindhoven Airbase, as the first bodies of victims of last week’s Malaysia Airlines plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands. Representatives of the ten nations which lost citizens in the incident were also present to receive the 40 coffins upon their arrival from the Ukraine on Dutch and Australian military planes. Prince Laurent of Belgium was sent to … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Visits France and Turkey

  July 16, 2014 at 4:10 am by

In her capacity as a special advocate of the UN Secretary-General for inclusive finance for development and as honorary chairman of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, Queen Maxima visited France and Turkey. On Wednesday July 9, The Queen gave a speech at a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, experts from finance and education public authorities, government … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Visits India

  July 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm by

As a special advocate of the United Nations’ Secretary-General for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Máxima visited India last week. On Monday June 30, the Queen started her three-day visit in New Delhi. She had a meeting with the Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Arun Jaitley. Then Queen Máxima visited an innovative water plant called “Sarvajal” in the district of Savda Ghevra. The chief of operations of … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Marks Veteran’s Day

  June 29, 2014 at 1:35 am by

Yesterday the Netherlands celebrated the tenth Veteran’s Day in The Hague, in a ceremony attended by King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A parade of military veterans who have served since World War Two took place, beginning and ending at the Malieveld. Veteran’s Day celebrates the over 100,000 Dutch military men and women who have fought to achieve peace, and was begun by the Dutch government in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Poland

  June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Following the invitation of the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima undertook a two-day state visit to Poland. The Royal Couple arrived in the morning of Tuesday June 24th at the Chopin Military Airport of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. At the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were welcomed with a welcoming ceremony by President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife, Anna Komorwska. The national anthems … Continue reading

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