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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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D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

  June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am by

Royals from across Europe, as well as many heads of state, have gathered in Normandy to mark the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied invasion of German-occupied territory which became the beginning of the end of World War Two. This morning, local time, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal British Legion service at the Bayeux Cathedral, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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Official Visit to the Netherlands from Monaco

  June 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm by

Prince Albert II of Monaco began an official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands today. Princess Charlène, who’s pregnancy was announced last week, was due to accompany the Prince, but did not. The Prince arrived at the Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam this morning for the two-day trip and was later accompanied by King Willem-Alexander to the official opening of the exhibition ‘Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon’ at the Het Loo … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima Attend Holland Festival

  June 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended the opening of the Holland Festival this evening at the National Opera and Ballet building. Willem-Alexander and Máxima were treated to a performance by the Belgian dance company Rosas, with choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and music by the Belgian ensemble Ictus. Ictus performed music composed by Gérard Grisey. The couple have attended the opening night of the festival for several years. This year is the … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Germany

  May 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a two-day working visit to Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, this week. On Monday May 26th, the King and the Queen attended the opening of the “Energy Seminar” at the Next Energy Campus of the University of Oldenburg. They were welcomed by Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. In his speech, the King stressed the importance of energy, “Without energy, everything … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Turns 43

  May 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm by

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands celebrates her 43rd birthday on May 17th. Born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1971, her father is a retired Argentine politician, Jorge Zorreguieta, and her mother is María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. Máxima has two brothers and a sister, as well as three half-sisters from her father’s first marriage. Prior to her marriage, Máxima worked as an investment banker having obtained … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals attend Remembrance & Liberation Day

  May 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm by

On May 4th and 5th, the Dutch Royals attended Remembrance and Liberation Day commemorations. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, on Sunday May 4th, were present at the memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Then in the Dam Square took place the wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument. Two minutes of silence were observed. On the same day, Princess Margriet, along … Continue reading

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Dutch Celebrate First Koningsdag in 124 Years

  April 27, 2014 at 1:34 am by

The Dutch Royal Family yesterday celebrated the first Koningsdag in 124 years, in the towns of De Rijp and Amstelveen. These were the towns originally scheduled for the event in 2013, but were postponed due to the abdication ceremonies. All adult members of the Royal Family, except for Princess Mabel, were present for the festivities, in which they participated in walk-abouts, sporting games, activities, theatre performances and songs. In De … Continue reading

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Swedish Official Visit to the Netherlands

  April 9, 2014 at 7:40 am by

On the invitation of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia made a two-day official visit to the Netherlands last week. The reason for the visit was also the celebration of 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sweden. Arriving in the early afternoon of Friday April 4, the King and the Queen of Sweden were welcomed by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Opens Campus Hoogvliet

  April 9, 2014 at 4:03 am by

Yesterday, Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam to officially open Campus Hoogvliet, a new education facility in the area. Wearing a navy blue and brown outfit, the Queen presided over the opening ceremony before being given a tour of the facilities, during which she watched a safety demonstration performed by students from the Zadkine Safety Academy of the campus. She also viewed an exhibition of art works created by the students of … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Welcome Chinese President

  March 23, 2014 at 6:37 am by

The Dutch King and Queen yesterday welcomed the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, for a two-day state visit that is the first state visit by a Chinese President to the Netherlands. President Xi and his wife, Mrs Peng Liyuan, arrived yesterday morning at Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, and were greeted with the traditional military guard of honour. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima headed the welcoming committee. The … Continue reading

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The EFC Princess Margriet Awards 2014

  March 23, 2014 at 5:44 am by

On Tuesday March 18, Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien attended the ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2014 at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. The laureates of the sixth edition of the award were “Teatro Valle Occupato” from Rome and Teodor Celakoski from Zagreb. The Teatro Valle, Italy’s oldest theatre, was saved in 2011 from an uncertain future with the occupation of a group of theatre workers who has … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Participate in NL DOET 2014

  March 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family participated on Friday March 21 in the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima helped at the zoo Akkertje in Rijswijk. At this zoo, people with intellectual disabilities take care of the animals under supervision. The King, in the rain, helped out by placing poles along a ditch, along which later a fence was tensioned and he also painted. Queen Maxima worked with sandpaper … Continue reading

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