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Dutch Introductory Visit To The Kingdom Of Spain

  September 21, 2013 at 4:18 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands paid an introductory visit to the Kingdom of Spain on Wednesday September 18th. The Dutch King and Queen arrived for the one day visit at the Torrejon Air Base, where they were greeted by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Their Majesties were accompanied by the Prince and Princess to the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid, which is the residence of the King … Continue reading

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First Prinsjesdag with New Monarch

  September 19, 2013 at 4:21 am by

The official opening of parliament was celebrated on Tuesday in the Netherlands, the first Prinsjesdag for the new monarch, Willem-Alexander. King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife, Queen Máxima, and brother and sister-in-law, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, for his inaugural speech from the throne. The royal party made their way to the Ridderzaal in horse-drawn carriages through the streets of The Hague. The King’s speech, in which he discussed the … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima in Malaysia

  September 14, 2013 at 2:58 am by

On Wednesday September 11th, Queen Maxima was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the annual international policy forum of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). The forum was held in Malaysia from September 10th to 12th. The theme of the forum this year was: “Driving policies for optimal impact”. In her speech, the Queen stressed all the “remarkable progress in financial inclusion.” The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) is a network of … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Receives IOC Honours

  September 11, 2013 at 6:15 am by

On Saturday September 7th in Buenos Aires, King Willem-Alexander was appointed as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). IOC President Jacques Rogge handed the King the gold Olympic Order during the 125th IOC Session. King Willem-Alexander was member of the IOC since 1998 and he resigned from his position as IOC member after his accession to the throne in April. The King will be replaced by Camiel Eurlings, … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien At Literacy Week Opening

  September 11, 2013 at 2:27 am by

On Monday September 9th, Princess Laurentien opened the ninth Literacy Week in the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel. The Princess was accompanied by Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science. During the ceremony the winners of the “National Literacy Awards” were announced. The winners of this years were Rian Visser, a children’s writer, and Jong010, the Rotterdam children’s newspaper. The Literacy Week takes place from 8 to 15 September. Activities … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Launch ‘Dream’ Book and Exhibit

  September 6, 2013 at 12:39 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima yesterday launched the ‘Dream at Het Loo Palace’ exhibition, which showcases 120 of the dreams featured in Droomboek (Dream Book) released to mark the King’s inauguration in April. The dreams, which were submitted by 6,500 members of the Dutch public and illustrate what their dreams are for the future of the Dutch monarchy, are printed on flags leading down the avenue from the stables to the palace … Continue reading

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Prince Friso Laid To Rest

  August 17, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau was laid to rest yesterday afternoon, in a private funeral at the Stulpkerk in Lage Vuursche. His bereaved family made their way to the church on foot from Drakensteyn Castle, Prince Friso’s childhood home. The Prince’s two daughters, Countesses Luana and Zaria, along with his nieces and nephews were all wearing white outfits. The ninety minute service was led by Reverend Carel ter Linden, who spoke … Continue reading

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Funeral of Prince Friso To Be Held This Afternoon

  August 16, 2013 at 1:46 am by

The funeral of Prince Friso, second son of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, will be taking place this afternoon, Dutch time. A private family funeral, which will be led by Reverend C.A. ter Linden, will be held at the Stulpkerk in Lage Vuursche, which is in the Baarn municipality and adjacent to Drakensteyn Castle, where the Prince grew up and where Princess Beatrix will be living in her retirement from … Continue reading

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Prince Friso Has Passed Away

  August 12, 2013 at 9:42 am by

The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Friso, the second son of Princess Beatrix, has passed away from complications in his health. He was 44. The Prince has been in a coma for over a year following a skiing accident in Austria in February 2012. He was recently transferred to the Netherlands from London, where he had been receiving treatment. It has been reported that King Willem-Alexander and … Continue reading

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands Turns 74

  August 5, 2013 at 2:00 am by

August 5th, 2013 Princess Irene of the Netherlands turned 74 on August 5th. The Princess is a younger sister of the former Queen Beatrix and an aunt of the present monarch, King Willem Alexander. The Princess was born at the Soestdijk Palace, a month before the outbreak of World War II, as the second daughter of the future Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. The Dutch Royal Family fled … Continue reading

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Photo Session in Wassenaar

  July 20, 2013 at 5:27 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands yesterday posed for their annual summer photo session at their home in Wassenaar. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were joined by their three daughters – Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – in the gardens of Villa Eikenhorst on the estate of De Horsten for the quick photo op. For the first time, the family’s pet dog, Skipper, was also present. Unlike in previous … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Visits “Oranje Fonds Kroonappels” Winners

  July 11, 2013 at 2:16 am by

On Tuesday July 9th, Queen Maxima was in Leiden to visit “Best Buddies Netherlands”. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization where young people with intellectual disabilities are in a one-to-one relation together with young people without intellectual disabilities. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the social inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities and youth without intellectual disabilities to encourage active citizenship. Queen Maxima was received at the LAK … Continue reading

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Prince Friso Leaves Hospital, Back in Holland

  July 9, 2013 at 9:38 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) has just announced that Prince Friso, the second son of Princess Beatrix, has left the Wellington Hospital in London and has been returned to the Netherlands. According to the statement, the Prince – who remains in a “state of minimal consciousness” – and his family (Princess Mabel, Countess Luana and Countess Zaria) will spend the summer in the Netherlands. He is currently at Huis … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Jewish Community

  July 9, 2013 at 3:51 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima yesterday paid a visit to the Jewish community in Amsterdam, as part of their 375th anniversary celebrations. The couple were given a tour of the synagogue, where they were told about the interior of the building and given a history of the Nederlands Israëlitische Hoofdsynagoge (Dutch Jewish Main Synagogue). They spoke with representatives of various Jewish organisations in the city, and students and teachers from … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Opens Namesake Park

  July 5, 2013 at 9:46 am by

The Queen of the Netherlands was in Utrecht today, where she officially opened the Máximapark. Arriving at 10am, Queen Máxima first visited the park restaurant, before heading over to the ceremony site on a bicycle. The Queen has shown on many occasions that she is adept at riding in heels, and today was no different, as she was wearing a multi-coloured sleeveless dress, a tan fascinator and matching heels. After … Continue reading

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Son for Floris and Aimée

  July 1, 2013 at 11:38 am by

The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Floris and Princess Aimée are the parents of a healthy son. The infant was born today, July 1st, at 13:32, Dutch time, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. He has been named Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris, to be called Willem Jan. He weighed a healthy 3.65kilograms. Both mother and baby are doing well. Floris and Aimée already have two daughters, … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Loves Her Turbans

  June 30, 2013 at 6:00 am by

We’re use to seeing Queen Maxima in large wide brim hats or headpieces, rarely in turbans but they did exist in her wardrobe. Recently, it seems that she has preferred turbans over hats. May 22, Queen Maxima wore a nude turban to match her red suit while visiting the Erasmus MC – Sophia children’s hospital in Rotterdam on the occasion of the 150th anniversary see here. May 25, while in Luxembourg, … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima Visit Denmark

  June 26, 2013 at 11:14 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands yesterday paid a visit to Denmark, as part of their post-inauguration introductory tours. The couple were greeted at Kastrup Airport by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, where the two monarchs inspected a guard of honour while their spouses were seen having a laugh between themselves (Queen Máxima and Prince Henrik continued with the jokes throughout the afternoon), before the group headed to … Continue reading

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Máxima vs Mathilde: Who Wore It Better?

  June 8, 2013 at 5:07 am by

It’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time that Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium wear the same outfit. The two royal ladies are known customers with the fashion house Natan and it doesn’t seem to bother them to buy the same outfit. On May 13, during a visit to Switzerland, Princess Mathilde wore a green dress with a matching jacket … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima in Gelderland and Utrecht

  June 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm by

On Thursday May 30th, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima made a visit to the Provinces of Gelderland and Utrecht. In the morning the Royal Couple arrived to Arnhem, the capital of the Province of Gelderland. They were welcomed by the Commissioner of the King, Mr. Clemens Cornielje, and attended a reception at the House of the Province where they met members of the Executive Council and the chairmen of the … Continue reading

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