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The Netherlands Gets A New Monarch

  May 1, 2013 at 10:20 am by

Prince Willem-Alexander has become His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, following the abdication of his mother, now Princess Beatrix, yesterday morning. The new King’s inauguration ceremony took place in the afternoon. The day began with the signing of the Act of Abdication at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Here, in the presence of her immediate family and her government, Queen Beatrix officially signed away her sovereign rights in favour … Continue reading

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Where to Watch the Dutch Abdication and Inauguration

  April 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm by

The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the inauguration of the Prince of Orange as monarch will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. It can be watched live online at the following links: NOS will stream live on YouTube from 09:00AM. OR Reuters will stream live on their website from 10:00AM. The abdication signing will begin on April 30 at 10:00AM, Dutch time. The inauguration ceremony will … Continue reading

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Bea Hosts Black-Tie Dinner Ahead of Abdication

  April 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

Ahead of her abdication tomorrow, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands tonight hosted a black-tie dinner at the recently renovated Rijksmuseum for foreign guests. Guests, which included foreign heirs to the throne, members of the Dutch government and former Dutch territory governments, began arriving at around 7:30pm, for the 8pm dinner. The Dutch Royal Family gathered at the Dam Palace beforehand, and left together en route to the dinner. For her … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima in Rome

  March 28, 2013 at 2:27 am by

As the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Princess Máxima was in Rome for a two-day visit to meet members of three UN Food International Organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) last week. On March 21, in the headquarters of IFAD, the Princess attended an event titled “Inclusive Finance, Challenges and Opportunities: The … Continue reading

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The EFC Princess Margriet Awards 2013

  March 21, 2013 at 10:30 am by

On Tuesday March 19, Princess Margriet, Princess Laurentien and Princess Astrid of Belgium attended the ECF Princess Margriet Awards. The European Cultural Foundation award was founded in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opening speech was held by Princess Laurentien in her capacity as President of the ECF, while Princess Margriet awarded the prizes. The laureates of the … Continue reading

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Royals attend Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican

  March 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm by

March 19th, 2013  – The Vatican World leaders and members of several royal houses attended the Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican for His Holiness Pope Francis today. Over 200,000 pilgrims had packed into St Peters Square to witness this very solemn ceremony. Royals present were King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the Prince … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Participate in NL DOET 2013

  March 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm by

As per tradition, this year the Dutch Royal Family attended the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET, on March 15 and 16. On Friday March 15, the Queen along with Princess Margriet, Prince Floris, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prince Bernhard visited the Sustainability Center Weizigt in Dordrecht. Queen Beatrix helped taking care of donkeys, ponies and horses: cleaning, brushing and feeding the animals. She was helped by Princess Margriet. Prince Floris, Prince … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Opens Day of Literature

  March 14, 2013 at 10:45 am by

As a avid supporter of literacy initiatives, Princess Laurentien was an obvious choice to open the 2013 edition of Day of Literature in Rotterdam today. The event, a one-day festival which brings together around 4,500 secondary school children, took place at De Doelen. The Princess officially opened the festival this morning, before spending time speaking with students and staff who were taking part and looking at the exhibitions on offer. … Continue reading

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Which Designer Will Máxima Wear on April 30?

  March 11, 2013 at 9:47 am by

We all know that Máxima is going to be Queen on April 30 when her husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, becomes King. What we don’t know is, what the Queen-to-be going is going wear. Princess Máxima is known to wear local and worldwide designers, from couture to ready to wear. As this is a very special once-in-a-lifetime occasion for her, will she go locally, like Jan Taminiau, who designed this dress, … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Host Heirs in Apeldoorn

  March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were the hosts of the heirs to the thrones of Europe this past weekend, at Castle ‘t Oude Loo in Apeldoorn. The weekend is likely to be the final time all the couples are together as counterparts, as the Prince Willem-Alexander will become monarch on April 30. Present were Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Hereditary Grand … Continue reading

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First Official Visit Announced for Willem-Alexander

  February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am by

Once he succeeds the throne on April 30, the future King Willem-Alexander will pay his first official visit as the Dutch monarch to neighbouring Germany. Accompanied by his wife, then Queen Máxima, the visit will take place between June 3rd and 6th. It is expected the visit will begin in Berlin, as per custom, to visit the German President. Following this, a program possibly incorporating portions of an economic visit … Continue reading

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Four Royals In Capes

  February 5, 2013 at 5:06 am by

Is capes the new royal fashion trend? One could say so. In just four days, four royals in four different countries have been seen in capes. The first to wear a cape is expectant mother-to-be, The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a tartan print cape while out in London see here. The next day, Crown Princess Maxima wore a printed cape looking jacket to a workshop event see here. That same day, … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Announces Abdication

  January 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm by

Queen Beatrix has announced today, 28 January 2013, that she will abdicate on 30 April 2013 in favor of her oldest son, the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander. The Prince is married to Princess Máxima and they have three daughters, Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. Once the Prince becomes the King, the line in succession will change. 1. Princess Amalia, Princess of Orange, 1st daughter of the King 2. Princess Alexia, 2nd … Continue reading

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State Visit to Singapore: January 24-25

  January 27, 2013 at 2:49 am by

On January 24, after leaving Brunei, Queen Beatrix along with the Crown Prince Couple arrived in Singapore for a two day State Visit. The Dutch Royals were officially welcomed at the Istana Presidential Palace by President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan. The national anthems were played. Following the ceremony, the Queen had meetings with the President and the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In the afternoon Queen … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Brunei: January 21-22

  January 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm by

At the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, Queen Beatrix started on January 21 a two-day state visit to Brunei, along with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima. On Monday, upon their arrival at the airport, the Dutch Royals and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade were welcomed by Crown Prince Billah and Crown Princess Sarah. The Queen and the Crown Prince Couple moved … Continue reading

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Floris and Aimée Expecting Third Child

  January 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm by

The Dutch Royal Court announced yesterday that Prince Floris, youngest son of Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, and his wife, Aimée, are expecting their third child. Princess Aimée is expected to give birth in mid-July. Floris and Aimée were married in 2005, and have two daughters: Magali, born in 2007, and Eliane, born in 2009.

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Dutch Official Visit to Brazil – Last Day

  November 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm by

The last day of the official visit was on November 23. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima, along with the Dutch trade delegation, visited the headquarters of Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. Petrobras is one of the largest Brazilian oil companies in the world. During the visit, an agreement was signed with Atradius Dutch State Business, a trade credit insurer. Later the Crown Prince Couple attended a seminar where … Continue reading

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Dutch Official Visit To Brazil – Days Three and Four

  November 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm by

The third day of the official visit to Brazil started with a separate agenda for the Crown Prince Couple. In the morning, the Prince went to the “Waste to Waste” exhibition about waste management, where he signed an agreement on cooperation between the NL Agency and the Environment Agency of the State of São Paulo. Then the Prince went to the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (Fiesp) … Continue reading

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Dutch Official Visit to Brazil – Days One and Two

  November 22, 2012 at 1:02 am by

On Monday November 19, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima started a five-day official visit to Brazil that will end on November 23. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are accompanied by Mrs Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. On the first day, the Crown Prince Couple had various meetings with Brazilian Ministers and also they met Mrs Gleisi Hoffmann, the Chief of … Continue reading

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Prince Friso in State of “Minimal Consciousness”

  November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service has today released a statement regarding the current state of Prince Friso. The RVD said that Prince Friso, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in February, has recently begun showing signs of minimal consciousness. This state is one of four states of consciousness which inhibit consciousness. In this stage, the patient may respond briefly to stimuli – ie. a smile – … Continue reading

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