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Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag 2009

  September 18, 2009 at 2:31 am by

This past Tuesday, September 15th, the Dutch Royal Family attended the annual opening of parliament, Prinsjesdag. The event took place at The Hague’s 13th century Ridderzal (Hall of Knights), where HM Queen Beatrix addressed the Dutch parliament from the throne. Accompanied by TRH the Prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, the Dutch monarch arrived at the Ridderzal in a golden … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Conclude NY400 Visit

  September 14, 2009 at 5:55 am by

TRH the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have concluded their week-long visit to New York City, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage aboard the Half Moon which discovered the city. After their incredibly busy Tuesday and Wednesday schedules, Thursday was a relatively quiet day for the royal couple. The pair had seperate meetings on water management and micro-finance, the Prince and Princess’ pet areas respectively, … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange & Princess Máxima’s First Two Days in NYC

  September 11, 2009 at 5:30 am by

TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands have landed in the United States of America for an official visit to mark the 400th anniversary of the Hudson Voyage (and to attend the wedding of Bernardo Guillermo over the weekend), and the first stop was the USS Intrepid, where the Prince and Princess were greeted by Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg, and the US Secretary of State, … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Invasion of NYC for Bernardo Guillermo’s Wedding

  September 8, 2009 at 4:23 am by

New York City was invaded by the Oranje-Nassaus over the weekend for the wedding of Bernardo Guillermo and Eva Prinz-Valdes. Many members of the younger generation of the Dutch Royal Family arrived in New York late last week for the religious wedding ceremony which took place on Saturday September 5th. Bernardo and Eva married at the Our Lady of All Saints Church in Brooklyn on Saturday evening, with their five … Continue reading

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Crown Princely Villa in Mozambique: ‘A Royal Mess’

  August 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm by

The holiday villa of the prince of Orange in Mozambique is causing more problems than expected by the prince and his wife. As newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported on Saturday, that many things went wrong with the Crown Princely family’s building project in nature area Machangulo, on a peninsula in Mozambique. The project has now turned into such a mess that the Dutch prime minister J.P. Balkenende advised the prince to … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima to sue Associated Press

  August 7, 2009 at 4:21 am by

TRH the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have launched legal action against American media outlet Associated Press (AP). The action comes after AP published several photos of the couple and their three daughters – Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – taken at the luxury Villa La Angostura ski resort in Argentina, where the family is currently holidaying. The RVD (Government Information Agency) sent a letter to the AP headquarters … Continue reading

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Princess Irene at 70: “I Struggled with my Royal Status”

  August 6, 2009 at 1:04 am by

In an exclusive interview to celebrate her 70th birthday, HRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands has spoken of her struggle to accept her royal status. During the interview/documentary which was aired on Tuesday night in Holland on Nederland 2, Irene told how she couldn’t cope with the separation between herself and the people her royal title and family brought. “I always wanted to be a normal human being,” the Princess … Continue reading

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Margriet & Pieter inaugurate Aruban National Museum & Park

  August 1, 2009 at 10:01 am by

Continuing with their official visit to Aruba, HRH Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven inaugurated both the Aruba National Archeological Museum (MANA) and the Arikok National Park last Sunday, July 26th. First on the agenda was a trip to the Arikok National Park, which covers 18% of the island nation. The royal pair visited the park to inaugurate its new visitor’s centre, the final installment of the park’s three-year … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Opens Kingdom Games in Aruba

  July 26, 2009 at 5:18 am by

HRH Princess Margriet and her husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven have travelled to Aruba for an official visit to the island nation. On their first day in Aruba, HRH was responsible for opening the bi-annual Kingdom Games in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital. Accompanied by the Professor and Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, the Princess opened the games at the Complejo Deportivo Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium (formerly the Queen Wilhelmina Stadium until … Continue reading

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Triple Treat: Dutch Photo Session by the Sea

  July 21, 2009 at 2:40 am by

A trio of blonde-haired, denim-clad little girls frolicked on a Wassenaar beach yesterday, with a protective eye cast over them by their parents. This could describe any normal family, but with a pack of approximately ninety photographers, videographers and reporters watching their every move; it is clear that normal this family is not. The Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, and his wife Princess Máxima arranged a photo session with their three … Continue reading

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Introducing Eliane van Vollenhoven

  July 8, 2009 at 6:34 am by

Two official photos of the Dutch Royal Family’s latest edition, three-day-old Eliane van Vollenhoven, have been released by the RVD. The first image captures a heart-melting moment between the newborn and her 21-month-old sister Magali, while proud father Prince Floris looks on. Looking at the image clearly shows Magali’s opinion of her new sister, tenderly kissing Eliane’s forehead. And if those feelings were not clear enough, the second image cements … Continue reading

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Second Daughter for Floris and Aimée

  July 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family has grown today, with Princess Aimée giving birth to her second child. Aimée and husband Prince Floris welcomed their second daughter at 14:50 local time. The newborn weighed in at a healthy 4050 grams (8.9 pounds), and was named Eliane Sophia Carolina. The birth took place at the VU Hospital in Amsterdam, the same hospital where the couple’s first child, Magali van Vollenhoven, was born in … Continue reading

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Religious Wedding of Bernardo Guillermo to take place in September

  July 3, 2009 at 7:36 am by

Bernardo Guillermo, the 32-year-old son of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, will wed in a religious capacity this coming September in New York City. He will marry Eva Prinz-Valdes. The pair, Bernardo a furniture designer and Eva an editor, married in a civil service in March. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isabel Christina, on April 13th. The family currently resides in Manhattan. Bernardo is the first child … Continue reading

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Parliament Wants Prince of Orange to Quit the Dutch Bank

  June 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm by

During the television programme Eén Vandaag, it became clear that a majority of parliament wants that the prince of Orange to quit his position as a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Bank (DNB). The parties fear that the prince will come in a vulnerable position due to the credit crunch and the parlementairy research commission after the crisis and the role of the Dutch Bank. The programme … Continue reading

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First Day at Kindergarten for Alexia

  June 30, 2009 at 5:48 am by

Yesterday morning princess Alexia of The Netherlands started her first day in kindergarten. She arrived in the company of her parents, and her older sister princess Amalia at the Bloemcamp school in Wassenaar, where she will start in group 1A. Her teachers Carla Buijs (monday) and Yvonne van Veen (tuesday-friday) welcomed the princess in the class room, which was decorated with yellow, purple and green kites. Outside the class room, … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange celebrates Veterans Day 2009

  June 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm by

On Saturday June 27th, HRH the Prince of Orange attended the Veterans Day 2009 celebrations in The Hague. He was accompanied by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende. Upon arriving at the Ridderzaal, the Prince and the Prime Minister met before Balkenende delivered a solemn speech. The party then moved to the Binnenhof; where HRH, PM Balkenende, the Defence Minister (E Van Middelkoop) and the Commander of the Armed … Continue reading

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Princess Alexia Starts School On Monday

  June 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

Princess Alexia of The Netherlands, second daughter of the prince of Orange and princess Máxima, will have her first day on school on monday. This Friday the Princess will become four years old, according tgo newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ she hopes for a ‘cool’ backpack, that she can use. This was said in a private meeting between members of the press and the prince of Orange and his wife. Like her sister … Continue reading

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Leopold II Wanted To Invade The Netherlands

  June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am by

New reports have revealed that King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909) had plans to invade The Netherlands. These plans were found in the royal archives in Brussels by the Flemish journalist and historian Kris Clerckx. The king sent an espionage missions to get information about the strength of the Dutch army, made plans for the invasion and sent a high diplomat to France to get the support of emperor … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Celebrates At Her Old Home

  June 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

On Saturday morning princess Margriet did not have to travel far to her first official activity: she visited the neighbouring palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Here the princess attended the opening of the new terrace and the restaured ‘historical viewpoint’ in the garden of the palace. The opening also marked the 25th anniversary of palace Het Loo as a museum. Princess Margriet, her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven and their sons … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Celebrates With Knights

  June 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm by

On Saturday Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands went to the Grote Kerk in Naarden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch protestant Johanniter order. The Dutch branch of the ancient order was founded in 1909 by prince Hendrik, consort of queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. At the moment the order has over 3000 volunteers and 600 members, who all are active in helping others, like handicapped or lonely people. … Continue reading

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