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Dutch King Returns From Winter Vacation To Commemorate Unique Strike

  February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands cut his winter vacation in Lech, Austria short to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Strike of February 1941. The commemoration took place at the statue of the docker at the Jonas Daniël Meijer Square, close to the two oldest synagogues of Amsterdam. The February strike that took place on February 25th and 26th 1941 was the only strike of non-Jews in Europe under Nazi … Continue reading

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RVD Releases Programme for Dutch State Visit to France

  February 25, 2016 at 4:57 am by

The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the programme of the Dutch state visit to France, which will be on March 10-11 2016. The visit will build on the ‘positive impuls’ that the official visit of President Hollande to The Hague gave to the bilateral relation between the countries. The visit will be focussed on economic, cultural and European cooperation and shared history and values will be highlighted. Apart from … Continue reading

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Chapeaux! The Hats of Princess Beatrix

  February 24, 2016 at 4:29 am by

The hats of former Queen Beatrix are legendary. They come in all sorts, colors and sizes, often resembling birds nests, cheeses or cakes. And how many does she have? This question was asked by the Finnish press during the 1995 state visit. There is even a carnival song written about her hats, in which the singer fails to find out how many hats she has. In February 2017 National Museum … Continue reading

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‘Look Here, No Here’, Dutch Royals Pose For Press in Lech

  February 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm by

This morning the Dutch Royal Family posed for the press during their traditional winter holidays in Lech, Austria. The King and his family were accompanied by Princess Beatrix and by Prince Constantijn and his family. Princess Mabel and her daughters were missing, they enjoyed their ski holiday in Lech last week and have returned to London, where schools have started again. The family had instructed the children well, as they … Continue reading

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Politicians Want Openness About Costs Golden Coach

  February 20, 2016 at 5:53 am by

The Dutch Golden Coach is under restoration, which will take three years. The king is paying thee restoration from his own budget, with no additional costs for the tax payer.  A good deal one would think. In parlament the usual suspects still found a reason to complain, as royal issues can usually count on media exposure for MP’s. Already in December parlament asked Prime Minister Marc Rutte about more openness … Continue reading

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Parliament Remains Silent About the Future of Soestdijk Palace

  February 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm by

Yesterday afternoon members of all parties of the Dutch parliament met in a special meeting in The Hague to discuss the future of Soestdijk Palace. The Palace has been empty since the deaths of Queen  Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004. Twelve years later, the government still does not know what to do with the building. In December four initiatives were presented to the government: a botanic garden, a meeting … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Kiss For The Bride

  February 19, 2016 at 5:51 am by

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has a plethora of godchildren, royal and not, and when she married in June 2010, several of them were chosen to be apart of her bridal party. This included Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, at the time nine and a half, who is seen in this gorgeous photograph affectionately giving her beaming godmother a kiss on the cheek during the shooting of the official wedding … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima Drop By West Brabant

  February 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen visited the province of West Brabant today, stopping by a number of local organisations contributing to the social and economic resilience of the region. Among the places they visited was ZuidWestHoek College, where Willem-Alexander and Máxima were given a tour of the cycling facilities (how Dutch!) and spoke with several champion cyclists. They also visited The Dragon Hotel, one of the oldest in the country, that … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima In Pakistan: February 9-11

  February 12, 2016 at 9:27 am by

As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, Her Majesty Queen Maxima paid a three-day visit to Pakistan from Tuesday February 9 to Thursday February 11. The first day of the visit, Tuesday February 9, the Queen had a meeting in Islamabad with Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. Then Queen Maxima attended at the launch event of the … Continue reading

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New Website Presents Centuries-Old Dutch Royal Collection

  February 2, 2016 at 6:34 am by

The Dutch Royal Court yesterday set live a new website specifically for the Royal Archives. With 300 objects currently loaded on to the site, dating back to 1490, the purpose of the website is to provide the reader with a “virtual path of the cultural heritage of the House of Orange-Nassau”. Among the items of the Archives shown on the website at present include the former Queen Beatrix’s inauguration gown, … Continue reading

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‘No Sleep’ and George Clooney: Dutch Royals Flock To Theatres Three Days In A Row

  January 29, 2016 at 3:16 am by

The Dutch theatres were a popular desitation for their country’s royals this week. Last night Princess Beatrix visited the opening night of the Holland Dance Festival in The Hague. The former monarch was accompanied by her youngest son Constantijn and his wife Laurentien, who conveniently are living in The Hague themselves. Princess Laurentien repeated a Missoni dress from 2013. Princess Beatrix wore a black outfit and a brooch from the … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Spices Up International Film Festival Rotterdam

  January 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm by

Yesterday evening, Wednesday January 27, Queen Máxima was present at the official opening of the 45th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) at the convention center De Doelen in Rotterdam. At her arrival the Queen, who was wearing a colorful Etro jumpsuit, was welcomed by Bero Beyer and Janneke Staarink, respectively artistic director and business director of the Festival. The theme of this year’s edition is “ID Check”, a … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Attends National Reading Breakfast Days

  January 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm by

Today, Wednesday January 27, Princess Laurentien attended the launch of the National Reading Breakfast Days in the Primary School “De Ladder” in Maarn, in the province of Utrecht. This school is known for its high priority towards the language development and reading: owns a library in the school and organizes various reading activities. During the visit, the Princess read to the children of grade 1 and 2 the book “We … Continue reading

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Burglary At Dutch Royal Estate ‘De Horsten’

  January 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm by

Newspaper De Telegraaf reveals that Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma has become the victim of a burglary. The Princess lives on the Royal Estate ‘De Horsten’ in Wassenaar with her husband Tjalling Ten Cate and their two daughters Julia and Paola . King Willem-Alexander and his family live in Villa Eikenhorst on the same estate. The burglary happened a month ago. The thief was possibly looking for gold and diamonds as … Continue reading

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Belgian and Dutch Royals Attend EU Presidency Concert

  January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm by

On the occasion of the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attended on Friday the official opening concert. The concert, held at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, was performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that was led by the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt. They played compositions by Wagner Prelude and … Continue reading

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Dutch New Year’s Receptions

  January 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family attended the Annual New Year’s Receptions on January 12 and 13. The first reception, on Tuesday, was held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. At the reception were present Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ministers, political leaders and members of the Dutch … Continue reading

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The Netherlands Takes Over the EU Presidency

  January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm by

To mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, today January 7, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima received the European Commission at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. At the reception were present Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, other members of the committee and the Dutch Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima at the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award 2016

  January 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm by

Today, Wednesday January 6, Her Majesty Queen Máxima had her first engagement of 2016 at the presentation of the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award 2016 in the flower park Keukenhof in Lisse. This was the 30th edition of the award and theme this year was “Future proof business”. The winner was Ebben Nurseries, a producer of trees and other plants for the realization of green projects founded in 1862. Embed from Getty Images … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima attends the Prix de Rome 2015 Award

  December 18, 2015 at 11:01 am by

Yesterday, Thursday December 17, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the ceremony of the award Prix de Rome 2015 at the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. The winner of this year was visual artist Magali Reus, who received the award from Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. She was awarded a cash prize of 40,000€ and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. Magali Reus … Continue reading

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Royals at International Red Cross Conference in Geneva

  December 9, 2015 at 7:15 am by

A number of royals have attended the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Margarita of Romania were all present for the opening of the conference, which sees delegations from the 190 International Federation of the Red Cross societies and countries which are Geneva Convention signatories come together to … Continue reading

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