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Haakon and Mette-Marit Host Dutch Monarchs On Wellness Boat

  April 5, 2016 at 5:39 am by

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway were spotted yesterday in the town of Tromsø, in the north of Norway. The couple was in the company of the King and Queen of The Netherlands. The group boarded the wellness boat ‘Vulkana’ around 7 PM. According to the local newspaper iTromsø the visit is a private one. It is unknown how long the Dutch King and Queen will stay … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Ending of Queen Juliana’s Half Brother

  April 5, 2016 at 4:02 am by

Pim Lier, half brother of the late Queen Juliana, featured regularly in the Dutch news since his existance was discovered in 1979. In 1986 he made headlines again when he killed his wife Petra. The extramarital son of Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands and Mien Abbo-Wenneker spent most of his life in anonimity. Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ discovered that he died last year on April 9 at the age of 96. He … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Attends SME Envoy Network Meeting

  April 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm by

As member of the Dutch National Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present today, Friday April 1st, at the meeting of the European “Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)” Envoy Network at the European Building in Amsterdam. The meeting was chaired by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, SME Envoy of the EU and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and there were present representatives of European business … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander Ends Secret Visits

  April 1, 2016 at 3:50 am by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands ended a range of  unannounced visits yesterday with a visit to the cyber unit of the Dutch secret service. Newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reports that the goal of the unannounced visits was to see how the government policies turned out for the persons affected by them. The last one and a half year the king visited the companies, schools,  unemployment agencies, tax services and more. The … Continue reading

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Fifteen Years Ago: Engagement of Willem-Alexander and Máxima

  March 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm by

On 30 March 2001 the engagement of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta was announced at 18:00 during a live broadcast for television and radio. A happy Queen Beatrix announced the good news with the words: ‘it is for my husband and I a great joy to announce the engagement of our son Willem-Alexander to Máxima Zorreguieta’. The Queen added that she had gotten to know Máxima as an intelligent … Continue reading

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Dutch King Visits Problem Areas In The Hague: ‘We Need to Keep Our Backs Straight’

  March 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm by

King Willem-Alexander paid a surprise visit to the neighbourhoods of Transvaal and Schilderswijk in the Hague today. The king visited the market of the neighbourhoods and spoke to residents for two hours. The working class and immigrant neighbourhoods have been in the news negatively for a long time. A terrorist cell was operating from this area. Last year there were several riots by youngsters who attacked the police. The visit … Continue reading

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Belgian King, Fellow Monarchs React To Brussels Attacks

  March 22, 2016 at 7:41 am by

At least 28 people have been killed in Brussels this morning, as explosions occurred at the city’s airport and at a metro station. The Belgian Royal Court issued a statement from King Philippe, saying that he and Queen Mathilde were “shocked by the horrific attacks” on the city. Their thoughts are with the victims and their families in this terrible time. The royal couple’s agenda for the next two days … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel Attend Second Prince Friso Engineers Awards

  March 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm by

Today, Wednesday March 16, Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel presented the second edition of the Prince Friso Engineers Awards at the Inholland University of Applied Sciencies in Delft. The award this year went to Tim Horeman-Franse, a BioMechanical Engineering with a PhD-research at the BioMechEng and Gynaecology department of the TU-Delft and Leiden medical centre. He is currently Director of Operations and Technology at TU Delft spin-off Medi Loved BV and … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend The ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2016

  March 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 15, Princess Margriet along with Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien attended at the ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam. The laureates of the eighth edition of the awards were: theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör from Budapest and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado Madrid. Krétakör is a contemporary art center and a production company and the artistic director is Árpád Schilling. Medialab-Prado is … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Presents The Military Order Of William

  March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 15, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Maxima, handed out the Military Order of William to the special forces Commando Corps (KCT) in a ceremony held in the courtyard of the Parliament Building in The Hague. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert were present. Op het #Binnenhof krijgt het Korps Commandotroepen de Militaire Willems-Orde uitgereikt https://t.co/93WHkK3kBI pic.twitter.com/PL7nkENa4W … Continue reading

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A Busy Day For Queen Máxima

  March 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm by

This morning, Monday March 14, Her Majesty Queen Máxima attended the launch of the sixth edition of Money Week at the De Twaalfruiter elementary school in Vleuten. The motto of this year’s edition is “Learned when young is done when old.” During the event, the Queen participated in a few lectures and she taught children how to deal with money. Money Week 2016 started today and will last till March 18. It is an initiative … Continue reading

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Duke of Parma Loses Legal Battle Against Son

  March 14, 2016 at 10:22 am by

Minister Ard van der Steur (Justice) rejected the objection that the Duke of Parma filed. The duke wanted to prevent his illigitemate son, (Carlos) Hugo Klynstra, to be incorperated into the Dutch nobility with the title Prince de Bourbon de Parme. The duke can still go to the court of appeal to challenge the decision of the minister. Hugo Klynstra was born in 1997 to Prince Carlos Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, … Continue reading

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From Evening Wear to Rubber Gloves: Willem-Alexander and Máxima Have Their Turn for NLdoet

  March 12, 2016 at 9:45 am by

Last night they were hosting a black-tie concert in Paris, today they were donning jeans and rubber gloves as they did their part for NLdoet. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima volunteered at a playground in  Alphen aan den Rijn this year. The pair eagerly got to work – Willem-Alexander carting wheelbarrows of sand to fill up a sandpit, Máxima cleaning up some of the play equipment (she even got to use … Continue reading

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Final Day of the Dutch State Visit to France

  March 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm by

The second and last day of the Dutch State Visit to France began today, Friday March 11, with a touching moment. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, visited the bar “Le Carillon”, one of the targets of the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people last November. The Royal Couple met the owner of the bar, an employee, local residents and aid workers … Continue reading

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Pass Me The Paint – The Oranje-Nassaus Volunteer for NLdoet

  March 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm by

Members of the Orange-Nassau clan today took part in the annual NLdoet volunteering day, as they lent a hand at the Prinses Maxima Riding School in Den Dolder, a recognised school that provides equestrian therapy for individuals with and without disabilities. Princess Beatrix and Princess Aimée sanded and painted platforms to help riders mount the horses easier, happily joking with each other throughout as they tried to keep the bright purple and … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Start Their State Visit to France

  March 10, 2016 at 10:43 pm by

Arrived yesterday evening in Paris, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began a two-day state visit to France today. In the morning took place a welcoming ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. The King and Queen paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the King laid a wreath. A minute of silence was held and were played the national anthems. The Royal Couple signed the Livre d’Or. … Continue reading

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First Look: Queen Máxima’s French State Visit Fashion

  March 10, 2016 at 8:55 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands began today a state visit to France, and while we will have a more in-depth report later in the day, let’s take a quick look at Queen Máxima’s first outfit of the visit – because who else brings it like Máx when abroad? She chose a chic Claes Iversen coat-style dress in a bone for her first engagements, which has panelled detailing, lace and beading … Continue reading

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On This Day: Beatrix Marries Claus

  March 10, 2016 at 7:30 am by

Today is the fiftieth wedding anniversary of the former Dutch monarch, Beatrix, and her late husband Claus. The pair were married back in 1966, first in a civil ceremony at the Amsterdam Town Hall and then in a religious ceremony held at the Westerkerk attended by 1,600 guests including royals for many of Europe’s royal houses. Beatrix and Claus shared numerous looks between themselves during the ceremony, presided over by Reverend Johannes … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Attends the Leerorkest Anniversary Concert

  March 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm by

Queen Maxima attended the ten year anniversary of the Leerorkest (Learing-orchestra) in Amsterdam. The concert consisted of 1088 primary school children, the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, singers from the National Opera and soloists. Queen Maxima is the honorary chairman of “More Music in the Classroom” which supports the Leerorkest. Leerorkest aim is to teach students at school during schoolhours to play an instrument in a symphony way. It’s a way to … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima at the “Global Alliance for Banking Values” Meeting

  March 8, 2016 at 10:09 am by

As a Special Advocate of the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development, Her Majesty Queen Máxima attended today, Tuesday March 8, at the 8th Annual Meeting of the “Global Alliance for Banking Values” (GABV) held at the Triodos Bank in Zeist. The Queen took part at the panel discussion titled: “It’s Banking But Not As We Know It. Values-based Banking At a Crossroads”. The focus of the meeting was … Continue reading

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