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Queen Beatrix At International Art Manifestation

  May 11, 2009 at 7:01 am by

On saturday, queen Beatrix of The Netherlands attended the international Art manifestation ”Open Source” in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. The queen looked at sixteen pieces of art that are displayed between a 3 kilometer route between the subway stations Bijlmer-Arena and Kraaiennest. During her walk the queen talked to the artists and she was surrounded by many people from the neighbourhood, who all wanted to take a picture of their … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend Memorial Service For Victims ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm by

Queen Beatrix, the prince of Orange, Princess Máxima, Princess Margriet and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the memorial service for the victms of the Queen’s Day tragedy that was held tonight in the Orpheus theatre in Apeldoorn. Before the service the royals talked to victims and family of victims. This took so long that the service had to start 15 minutes behind scheduele. Apart from the royal family, 1200 other … Continue reading

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No Parking Ticket For Pieter van Vollenhoven

  May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

Volkskrant reports that two car-park attendents of the private company ‘Parkeercombinatie Holland’ wrote two fines for the two Audi cars that were wrongly parked at the pavement in front of the shop of ‘Oger’ in the PC Hooftstraat. The cars were transporting Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, brother-in-law of queen Beatrix, who apparently had some suits to buy in the favourite shopping street of the Amsterdam nouveau riche. When the two … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix, Calvin & Us

  May 8, 2009 at 7:37 am by

Yesterday Queen Beatrix opened the exposition ‘Calvin & us’ in the Grote Kerk in Gouda. The evening started with a speech by Ds. Selderhuis, about Calvin, Calvinism and the Netherlands.  Selderhuis also referred to the tragedy in Apeldoorn on April 30th. ‘What real calvinism is, we were able to witness last week. When on a bright day it became dark all of a sudden. Ramsey Nasr, national poet, opened the exhibition with a … Continue reading

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Pieter van Vollenhoven Struggles With ‘Apeldoorn’

  May 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of princess Margriet of The Netherlands confessed to reporters that he struggles with the memories he has of the tragedy that happened on Queen’s Day in Apeldoorn. The professor was a guest speaker at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam today. He was at the university to give a lecture to the students of social sciences. As chairman of the national safety commission he explained … Continue reading

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Cheers for Queen Beatrix and Pieter van Vollenhoven As They Attend Liberation Day Concerts

  May 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended two different concerts to commemorate Liberation Day, the day the Dutch celebrate that they were liberated from the Nazis on May 5th 1945. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended a concert in Wageningen this morning at the Johannes church. He was escorted by the commissionair of the queen in the province of Guelders, Clemens Cornielje and by former Justice minister … Continue reading

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Prince Willem-Alexander And Princess Máxima Visit Victims’ Families

  May 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm by

Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands visited the families of four of the six people who died at the Apeldoorn tragedy on April 30th. The prince emphasized to the families that he visited them on behalf of the entire royal family. This way the royal family again shows their support for the victims of the Queen’s Day car crash. According to newspaper ‘Telegraaf’ a sister of one of … Continue reading

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Applause for Queen Beatrix at Remembrance Day

  May 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands was applauded during the national remembrance ceremony on Dam square yesterday. The queen, the prince of Orange and princess Maxima were present at the annual ceremony to commemorate the victims of WWII. In the New Church, where the ceremony started, Wim de Bie held a speech about his memories from the war. After that, the royals walked to the memorial statue on Dam square, escorted … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Visit Koninginnedag Crash Wounded

  May 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm by

Following the attempt on their lives at Thursday’s Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) festivities in Apeldoorn, several members of the Dutch Royal Family yesterday visited the wounded victims of the tragic car crash which has claimed six lives, plus that of the perpetrator. Queen Beatrix visited the Isala Clinic in Zwolle, where she spoke with the injured and their families for four hours. Her Majesty has been receiving constant updates on the … Continue reading

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Car Crashes into the Crowd at Queen Beatrix’s Parade

  April 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm by

A car crash, which is being seen as a deliberate attack, disrupted the celebrations of the Dutch Queen’s Day on April 30, 2009 in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family were on an open-top bus during the motorcade, when a black car broke through the police fences and hit several parade watchers. The car, which was going at full-speed, then crashed into a memorial on … Continue reading

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Happy 70th Birthday, Dear Pieter!

  April 29, 2009 at 4:51 am by

The extended Dutch Royal Family was out in force last night, to celebrate the upcoming 70th birthday of one of the family’s much beloved members, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. While the Professor’s birthday is not until tomorrow, due to Koninginnedag the celebrations for his milestone birthday were held two days early. Utrecht’s Beatrix Theatre was the venue for the event; which saw 1200 guests join the Professor, his wife Princess … Continue reading

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Swedish State Visit to the Netherlands

  April 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm by

Liberace eat your heart out! That must be what Beatrix, Silvia and Máxima spoke about on the telephone when deciding what to wear for the state visit which is currently underway between the two nations. All three women have brought elegance and glitz to the visit, which began yesterday morning when Queen Beatrix greeted King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the airport in Rotterdam. After a exchange of … Continue reading

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Mathilde voted most popular European princess by PdV

  April 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

Princess Mathilde was voted the most popular and best future Queen Consort by a poll of the French royalty magazine Point de Vue. She received 47,8% of the votes, and led the poll by a large margin. Second in the poll was the Dutch Princess Máxima (21,1%), closely followed by Letizia, the Princess of Asturias (17,8%). Only 10% of the votes went to Mary of Denmark, and Mette-Marit of Norway … Continue reading

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Prince Bernhard Undergoes Surgery

  April 22, 2009 at 1:34 am by

Prince Bernhard, a nephew of Queen Beatrix, has undergone intestinal surgery to remove benign tissue in his bowel. The surgery took place yesterday at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and was performed by Dr WA Bemelmans. The RVD reported that the surgery went to plan, and the Prince is recovering. The Prince underwent a similar surgery in April last year, and is known to suffer from Crohn’s disease. More … Continue reading

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Swedish State Visit to Holland Begins Today

  April 21, 2009 at 1:41 am by

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will arrive in Holland later today to begin their three-day state visit to the nation. The visiting royals will visit the regions of Kudelstaart, Gronigen and The Hague. A jam-packed schedule awaits the King and Queen when they touch down in the Netherlands, which can be found in depth here. One of the main highlights of the visit will be the gala banquet … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima learns about Girls and Technology

  April 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm by

Today Princess Máxima visited the Waerden Borch School in Holten to attend a presentation on “Girls and Technology”. The visit was to learn more about the field of technology and how girls can get involved. During the visit, Máxima viewed a presentation on the flow of technical education, and then took part in an experiment with the pupils in building thermoharder and thermoplastic polymers. The visit aimed to show girls … Continue reading

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Princess Catharina-Amalia Will Leave Kindergarten One Year Early

  April 10, 2009 at 3:02 am by

Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands, eldest daughter of the prince of Orange and princess Maxima, will leave kindergarten after the summer break, to go to the 1st grade of the elementary school. Recently the princess and a few classmates went to the 2nd grade of kindergarten. The princess will leave kindergarten one year early as she is advanced for her age, this is a common procedure in Dutch schools and … Continue reading

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Old Style Queen’s Day to Mark Queen Juliana’s 100th Birthday

  April 9, 2009 at 3:53 am by

To mark the 100th anniversairy of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands, the traditional defilé will return on Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). April 30th is the official birthday of Queen Beatrix, which she celebrates on the date of her mother’s birthday. When queen Juliana was still reigning this day was traditionally celebrated with a defilé at Soestdijk Palace. During the defilé, a  colorful parade of people representing various aspects of Dutch society … Continue reading

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Jogger arrested near Villa Eikenhorst

  April 9, 2009 at 3:27 am by

A jogger was arrested recently near Villa Eikenhorst, home of the prince of Orange and his family. The jogger wanted to lock his bicycle to one of the fences of the private estate, so he could jog in part of the estate ‘De Horsten’ that is open to the public. The place where van Zijll de Jong stored his car is however a forbidden area. When the jogger and his … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Attends ‘Granida’

  April 7, 2009 at 11:07 am by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands yesterday attended the premiere of the opera ‘Granida’ in the Stadschouwburg on the Leidse square in Amsterdam. The queen was welcomed by Job Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam. The opera is based on a theater play of P.C. Hooft (1581 – 1647), a playright from the Dutch golden age. The play is about the love between the Persian shepard Daifilo and princess Granida. For decades it … Continue reading

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