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Hermitage Amsterdam Oficially Opened By Beatrix and Medvedev

  June 21, 2009 at 7:59 am by

As mentioned in previous blog entries, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands opened the new Hermitage museum in Amsterdam on Friday evening. The queen was accompanied by her eldest son, the prince of Orange, and her daughter-in-law princess Máxima, who wore an eccentric purple furry outfit, her tutti fruti bracelet and earrings with purple precious stones. The president was accompanied by his wife. The festivities around … Continue reading

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Friso & Mabel attend AmsterdamDiner

  June 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

Earlier today, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau attend the 17th Annual AmsterdamDiner at the Heineken Music Hall. At the gala, Friso and Mabel mingled with various people from the Dutch business and entertainment sectors. Wearing a floor-length, cap-sleeve dark green evening gown; Mabel chatted and posed for photos with Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, of label Viktor&Rolf (yes, the ones who designed the Bow Disaster of … Continue reading

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Magnificence of the Hermitage Amsterdam (Eyewitness Account)

  June 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm by

A special evening for the Friends of the Hermitage with a reception and fingerfood….blinis and caviar… Speeches by Beelaerdts van Blokland, van Veen (director) and the Director of the Hermitage Sint Petersburg. If any of you visited the Hermitage Sint Petersburg, this branch here in Amsterdam is only 1/10 of that in size.But what is on show is dazzling. The over 160 Court Dresses and uniforms, meticulously restored by a … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix In The Rain

  June 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

On this rainy Friday morning, queen Beatrix visited the first phase of the art project ‘village images’ in Coevoorden. Seven sculptures are displayed on along route through seven towns in the province of Drenthe. This is only a start though, the project by the foundation ‘Natuurkunst Drenthe’ (Natural Art Drenthe) hopes to have at least 20 sculptures on this route by the year 2012. The scultures have been made since … Continue reading

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Dutch-Russian Relations: a Tale of Two Disparate Cultures

  June 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, figurehead leader of the locked up Russian Federation, began a visit to one of the most liberal nations, The Netherlands, when he landed in Amsterdam today. In town at the invitation of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to discuss bilateral relations between the two nations, who have a strong trading partnership, Medvedev will also meet with Dutch Queen Beatrix, the majority shareholder in Koninklijke Shell, one … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Unveil, Speak, Listen And More…

  June 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm by

These last days queen Beatrix, her son prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima had several public activities. On Tuesday HM the Queen went to Slochteren (Groningen), where she celebrated the 50th anniversary of the drilling for gas in the province of Groningen. The queen unveiled an appropriate piece of art from Marc Ruygrok : a methane molecule of 8 meters high. On Wednesday attended the final ceremony of the anti racism … Continue reading

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Golden Herring for Pieter van Vollenhoven

  June 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm by

According to newspaper the ‘Telegraaf’ the best way to describe the annual National herring party at Castle the Nyenrode in Breukelen is to call it the Ascot of the Low Countries. No horses, stylish carriages or bowler hats though, but a lot of Atlantic herring. The ladies with hats might be the only thing it has in common with Ascot. Yesterday was the 68th edition of the party and the … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Reopens the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

  June 14, 2009 at 7:00 am by

Yesterday queen Beatrix reopened the royal palace on Dam square in Amsterdam. The palace was closed for 3,5 years as the interior was adapted. The palace, that was originally built as a city hall in 1648, got new kitchens and bathrooms, furniture was restaured, 45.000 kilo of asbestos was removed and the chandeliers that were found on the attic were restaured and used in several rooms of the palace. The … Continue reading

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Busy Week For Queen Beatrix…

  June 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands had a busy week with a lot of public engagements. On wednesday HM visited the RIVM (National Institute for Health and Environment) in Bilthoven, on the occasion of it’s 100th anniversary. She met the director of the institute, Roel Coutinho, and several other employees. The RIVM started as a small laboratory for health care inspectors but in 100 years it developed into a knowledge institute … Continue reading

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Letizia, Cristina and Máxima lunch in Barcelona

  June 9, 2009 at 5:12 am by

Princess Letizia, Infanta Cristina and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands had a private meeting yesterday in Barcelona, the city where Infanta Cristina lives. Princess Letizia was in Barcelona to attend the presentation of the first oncology research grant in Cosmocaixa. Princesss Máxima travelled to Barcelona with a delegation of the Council for Microcredits of the Netherlands to learn about The Caixa MicroBank; the social bank of the Catalan entity; and … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Visit Queen Juliana’s Exposition

  June 8, 2009 at 5:13 am by

On Saturday, queen Beatrix accompanied by most of her family, visited the exposition ’100 years Juliana’ at palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. The queen should have opened the exposition on Queen’s day, directly after the historical parade. However, the historical parade ended in a tragedy and the rest of the programme was cancelled. The exhibition is organised to mark the 100th birthday of queen Juliana and shows her life while … Continue reading

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Máxima talks Microfinance in IJsselstein

  June 5, 2009 at 2:57 am by

On June 4th, Princess Máxima attended the National Microfinance Meeting in IJsselstein, Utrecht. The Princess attended the event on behalf of the Council for Microfinance. Dressed in a gold jacket with square accents and pale gold trousers, Máxima addressed the audience of microfinance and microcredit entrepreneurs, and the Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Mr Frank Heemskerk. The meeting was designed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs together with the … Continue reading

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Royals in Valentino: from Wedding Dresses to Daytime Suits

  June 1, 2009 at 11:11 am by

Italian designer Valentino has been designing wedding dresses for future Queens to daytime suits worn by varioues royals in Europe and the Middle East. Valentino’s creations are worn by Queens, Crown Princesses and Princesses. Most of his creations worn by royals have been shown on either the Haute Couture runway or on the pret-a-porter runway and altered. Valentino designed Princess Máxima’s pre-wedding dress which was made out of orange embroidered … Continue reading

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Máxima’s Bold Fashion Choices during Chilean Visit

  May 31, 2009 at 10:29 am by

Crown Princess Maxima stepped out last week in a number of bold outfits when the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, made a state visit to the Netherlands. The first day of the visit saw Máxima wear a sleeveless two-tone beige dress by Natan, her favourite Belgian designer. image The unusual headpiece was by Fabienne Delvigne and the outfit was finished off with a pair of peep-toe shoes. image For the … Continue reading

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Prince of Orange and Simeon of Bulgaria meet at UNSGAB

  May 28, 2009 at 7:27 am by

The Prince of Orange and former King Simeon II of Bulgaria caught up two days ago, at the 12th meeting of the UNSGAB board in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Prince of Orange attended the four-day meeting as the UNSG Advisory Board on Water Sanitation’s Chairman of the Board. He is deeply interested in water and sanitation, often attending events and working to improve the sanitation conditions of the world. One of … Continue reading

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Dutch Princesses Show ‘New’ Jewels During Chilean State Visit

  May 26, 2009 at 3:58 am by

Last night princess Máxima and princess Margriet of The Netherlands surprised royalty watchers by their choice of jewelry during the gala dinner for Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile. Princess Máxima wore some new diamond earrings that were never seen before. She combined these earrings with older items like the rose cut bandeau and Queen Juliana’s diamond watch. Princess Margriet however had the biggest surprise of the night, she wore the … Continue reading

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Short break for the Dutch Crown Princely family in Friesland

  May 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm by

Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima and their daughters, Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane took a short holiday break at Friesland, at the region of Frisia. The region is a popular touristic area of the Netherlands, where people visit its lakes and islands of the Wadden Sea. The family seems to have opted to do just that, and is doing so aboard the Groene Draek, sailboat of HM Queen Beatrix. The yacht … Continue reading

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Big Brother For Dutch Royals?

  May 25, 2009 at 4:10 am by

According to a new proposal from the Netherlands’ largest opposition party SP (Socialist Party), the members of the royal family have to explain precisely how they spend their days and what they are doing with the 119 million Euros that the royal family costs each year. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ reports that SP parlamentarian Ronald van Raak will ask the minister of internal affairs, Guusje Ter Horst for a annual report … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix unviels Statues of her Parents

  May 19, 2009 at 11:41 am by

Queen Beatrix today unveiled a bronze-plated statue of her late parents, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard. The statue lies in the grounds of Soestdijk Palace, which was the home of Juliana and Bernhard from 1937 to their deaths in May and December 2004, respectively. The statue, which shows Juliana with her arm outstreched in a wave while standing next to her husband, was commissioned by the Images of Juliana and … Continue reading

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Maurits & Marilène Take Vermeer and Rembrandt To Vancouver

  May 11, 2009 at 7:19 am by

Princess Marilène is currently in Vancouver, Canada. The princess was accompanied by her husband, prince Maurits of orange-Nassau, eldest son of princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. The princess opened the exhibition as she is working at the PR department of the Rijksmuseum. After the opening of the exhibion the couple also opened the ‘Dutch Masters Ball’, that was especially organized to mark the occassion. … Continue reading

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