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Remembrance and Liberation Days in the Netherlands

  May 6, 2010 at 6:42 am by

Queen Beatrix, the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have spent the past two days marking the Netherlands’ Remembrance and Liberation Days, held each year on May 4th and 5th, respectively. Accompanied by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, the royals attended a service in the Nieuwe Kerk. The Queen and Prince of Orange then laid wreaths on the National Monument, before two minutes silence was taken. During the two minutes … Continue reading

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Beatrix and Henri at the Reopening of Villa Vauban

  May 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm by

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Luxembourg on May 1st, where she attended an event with Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. The trio reopened Villa Vauban after five years of renovations, and also opened the inaugural exhibition, entitled ‘The Golden Age Reloaded’, of the new museum. The museum houses a large part of a collection from the Dutch Golden Age (17th century works), as well as … Continue reading

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Koninginnedag 2010

  May 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm by

The Dutch Royals were in Zeeland today, to celebrate the 2010 edition of Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day). This year’s festivities were also used to mark Queen Beatrix’s 30th anniversary on the throne. The entire family was present (minus Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, who were attending the funeral of Hereditary Prince Carl Friedrich zu Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg in Bavaria – Princess Margriet and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven left half way through the day … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Unveil Queen’s Day 2009 Memorial Ahead of 2010 Edition

  April 29, 2010 at 11:20 am by

A somber day for the Dutch Royal Family today, as they attended the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to the victims of last year’s Koninginnedag tragedy in Apeldoorn. The event was attended by nearly all senior members of the family, as well as the families of the seven victims. Several members of the victims’ families spoke to the gathering, causing several of the Princesses to pull out tissues and handkerchiefs … Continue reading

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The Christening of the littlest Van Vollenhoven

  March 29, 2010 at 5:34 am by

The youngest member of the Van Vollenhoven family, Eliane, was christened yesterday, March 28th, at the Chapel of Het Loo Palace. There was quite the Orange turnout for the christening, with all members of Queen Beatrix and Princess Margriet’s families present (except for Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Laurentien, Isabella and Pieter van Vollenhoven). Also in attendance were Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma and his fiancée, Annemarie Gualtherie van Weezel, and his siblings … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Participate in NL DOET

  March 24, 2010 at 3:14 am by

As they do each year, the Dutch Royal Family participated in NL DOET over the weekend (the event formerly known as Make A Difference Day). This year, the royals were all in one place – a playground in Nieuwegein. Arriving in the morning, each family member was given their own task to complete. Queen Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Marilène and Princess Annette were in charge of repainting a faded mural … Continue reading

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Royals Say Goodbye to Vancouver

  March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am by

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have finished, and the royals have all headed back home to continue with their yearly engagements. Here’s how they spent their final week in Vancouver: The Dutch Royals On February 20th, the Crown Princely Family was back at the Richmond Olympic Oval for more speed skating, and more Dutch gold. Mark Tuitert came in first place in the Men’s 1500m Speed Skating, while Willem-Alexander, Máxima … Continue reading

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How the Royals Spent the First Week of Vancouver 2010

  February 23, 2010 at 4:45 am by

A number of royals are currently in Vancouver, Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Those who are members of the International Olympic Committee had already been out and about in Vancouver before the Games started. Here is how they all spent the first week of the Games. Friday February 12th – Opening Ceremony Royals are a regular fixture at opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, beginning their support of … Continue reading

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Royals in Vancouver Ahead of Games Opening

  February 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm by

The Princess Royal, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Prince of Orange have all flown to Canada ahead of today’s Winter Olympic Games. The three royals are each members of the International Olympic Committee, and thus arrived earlier this week to attend the 122nd IOC Session prior to the Games’ Opening Ceremony. Princess Anne was seen yesterday attending the British flag raising ceremony at the Athlete’s Village, as well … Continue reading

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Prince Of Orange Takes Family To The Vancouver Olympics: Four Extra Days of Vacation for Princess Amalia

  February 4, 2010 at 7:52 am by

On Monday the Dutch court announced that Prince Willem-Alexander will go to the Vancouver Winter Olympics with his wife and with his three daughters. From February 9th to 12th the prince will be participating in the 122nd meeting of the IOC in Vancouver. After that the prince will attend the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver from February 12th to 28th. Princesses Máxima, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane will join the prince … Continue reading

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Dutch Prime Minister Receives ‘Planet First!’ from Prince Carlos

  February 3, 2010 at 11:17 am by

On Monday Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende received the statement of principles of ‘Planet First!’, from the Nationale Postcodeloterij (National Postal Code Lottery) and the Institute for Sustainable Innovation & Development (ISID). The chairman of the ISID is Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, son of the duke of Parma and princess Irene of The Netherlands. The prince was accompanied by Boudewijn Poelmann, chairman of the Nationale Postcodelotterij. The report is a … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Busy With Microfinance And Science

  January 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm by

On Monday Princess Máxima of The Netherlands attended a conference on microfinance that was held at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The conference was hosted by Radio Netherlands Worldservice and the theme was ‘Microfinance, who profits?’. The princess started the conference with a speech in which she talked about the matter, she also said that she would like to see research after the long term effects of microfinance and … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Gather In Brussels For Routes Award

  January 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm by

Tuesday afternoon, princess Margriet, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands gathered in Brussels to attend the award ceremony of the ‘Routes Award’. The award of the European Cultural Fund was given to Stefan Kaegi and Borka Pavicevic. Princess Laurentien is president of the fund, and in that capacity held the first speech during the meeting in the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels. Princess Margriet handed out the awards … Continue reading

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Princess Mabel About the Importance of Good Governance

  January 27, 2010 at 11:46 am by

On Monday princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau attended the opening of the International Model United Nations at the World Convention Center in The Hague, which has as theme ‘Good Governance’. The princess attended the conference as a member of the international policy institute ‘The Elders’ and she is a patron of the organisation. Princess Mabel also held a speech in which she stressed the importance of good governance, which you can … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Gets United In Freedom

  January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am by

On Monday, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the meeting ‘In vrijheid verbonden’ (united in freedom) in Utrecht. The meeting was first organised during Queen beatrix’ 25th jubilee in 2005, to focus on the religious and cultural variety of The Netherlands. During Monday’s meeting six different religious groups asked for attention for tolerance and respect for the differences between people. Representatives from the Jewish community, Buddhism, Christianity, Hindoeism, Humanism and … Continue reading

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Gossip Magazine Corrects Rumours About Willem-Alexander’s Skating Tour

  January 27, 2010 at 10:33 am by

Dutch gossip magazine ‘Privé’ has to correct their article of last week in which they said that the prince did not skate the complete eleven city skating tour in 1986. Their source was a republican from Drachten, Mr. Lutzen Haak who was annoyed by the ‘hero status’ that the prince got from the tour. However, the two security men who skated the tour with the prince, Anne Folkertsma and Jantinus … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Will Start Working For Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes

  January 27, 2010 at 8:49 am by

Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, youngest son of Queen Beatrix, has a new job. The prince will be working for Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda). He was hired for his experience in telecommunication and IT. At the moment the prince is the head of the Information Policy and Economics department of the RAND Institute. Here he mainly focusses on e-governance. Recently he published the report: ‘Towards a Digital Europe, … Continue reading

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Middle East Gala in Austria

  January 13, 2010 at 4:30 am by

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan attended the Middle East Gala on Sunday evening at Vienna’s City Hall. The gala is dedicated to the Trilateral Centre for European Studies, a cooperative by private Israeli university Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Palestinian Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem and the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) in Amman. The Centre offers Palestinian, … Continue reading

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Neighbours Invite Queen Beatrix For Coffee

  January 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm by

Dutch television programme RTL Boulevard has checked the neighbourhood of Queen Beatrix to see how well the neighbours know each other and the queen. During her Christmas message queen Beatrix mentioned that these days sometimes even neighbours are strangers for each other: ‘you speak to each other without a conversation, you look at each other without seeing’. The programme interviewed the neighbours of the queen, if they ever went for … Continue reading

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Photo Exposition About Queen Beatrix At Soestdijk Palace

  January 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm by

This year Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will celebrate her 30th year on the throne. To pay some special attention to the queen, palace Soestdijk will host a photo exposition from 5 January to 4 April of this year. The palace was the home where Beatrix grew up with her sisters. The website of the museums says: it was a home where they played, homework was made and where statesmen … Continue reading

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