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On This Day: Wedding of Constantijn and Laurentien

  May 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm by

On this day in 2001 prince Constantijn of The Netherlands married Laurentien Brinkhorst in a religious ceremony in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. Today they celebrate their crystal wedding: 15 years. The couple had known each other for a long time. Their mothers were friends form the time they both studied in Leiden while in 2001 Laurentien’s father served as minister of agriculture. Two days before the religious wedding … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Speaks at Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen

  May 19, 2016 at 7:32 am by

On the third day of the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Queen Máxima was a new royal addition to the speaker list, as she joined a panel discussing the economic benefits that come from investing in women and how technology can help. "Want to End Poverty? Invest in Women's Economic Empowerment" Queen Maxima at #WD2016 pic.twitter.com/Q5YljvocJq — Cordaid (@Cordaid) May 18, 2016 Crown Princess Mary and Princess Mabel were in … Continue reading

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Birthday Girl Máxima Attends First Anniversary Congress of Pension Federation

  May 17, 2016 at 10:14 am by

Today, Tuesday May 17, the day of her 45th birthday, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the opening of the First Anniversary Congress of Pension Federation at the convention center World Forum in The Hague. De jarige Koningin Máxima vandaag in Den Haag pic.twitter.com/i8Uc3xelXZ — Patrick van Katwijk (@Patrickvkatwijk) May 17, 2016 The Pension Federation represents the interests of about 220 Dutch Pension Funds. The purpose of the congress is to … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Turns 45

  May 17, 2016 at 5:30 am by

Queen Máxima is celebrating her 45th birthday today at Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar. The Dutch Queen was born on May 17th 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as the first child of Jorge Zorreguieta and Maria del Carmen Cerruti. The Queen was named for her great-grandmother, Máxima Bonorino (1874–1965), who was a daughter of Máxima González y de Islas and a relatrive of president Justo José de Irquiza of Argentina. When … Continue reading

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Princess Mary Launches Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen

  May 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm by

The 2016 Women Deliver conference focusing on the “health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women” was opened this afternoon in Copenhagen by Crown Princess Mary, who is patron of the conference. During her speech, Mary spoke of what still needs to be done for women’s equality around the globe, and how it is important for men to be involved in the process. “This agenda is not a woman’s agenda but … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Visits Dutch Troops in Jordan

  May 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm by

Today, Thursday May 12, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander paid an unannounced visit to the Dutch troops in Jordan. The brief visit in Jordan began with a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Afterwards the King visited the operations area accompanied by the General Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Armed Forces. About 200 Dutch soldiers are active in the Air Force Middle East operations as part of the fight against ISIS … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Brings Her Family to Her Book Launch

  May 12, 2016 at 1:48 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday May 11, Princess Laurentien presented a a new book. The princess co-authored the book with  Jeroen Smit, a Dutch journalist and Professor of Journalism at the University of Groningen.The Princess was accompanied by her husband, Prince Constantijn and their three children: Eloise, Claus-Casimir and Leonore. In the book, titled “Nog lang en gelukkig”, “Happily ever after”, Princess Laurentien and Jeroen Smit talked with several leaders about their dilemmas, … Continue reading

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Visit Noordeinde Palace … With Google

  May 11, 2016 at 11:10 am by

Good news for those of you who want to take a peek inside a royal palace: Noordeinde Palace in The Hague can now be visited with the help of Google Street View. The Stable Department and the Royal Archives can also be viewed. It is not the first palace of the Dutch king that can be visited online. Huis ten Bosch palace and the royal palace in Amsterdam were already … Continue reading

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Orange-Clad Máxima Attends Climate Conference

  May 11, 2016 at 9:54 am by

As Special Advocate of the UN Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development, today Wednesday May 11, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the international climate conference “Adaptation Futures 2016” at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. Adaptation Futures is a biennial meeting of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). This year the European Commission and the Netherlands are co-host of the … Continue reading

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New Author For The Wilhelmus?

  May 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm by

The oldest known national anthem in the world, the Dutch ‘Wilhelmus’, was written around 1570. For centuries it was thought that the author was Filips van Marnix, Lord of St. Aldegonde (1540-1598). Marnix van St. Aldegonde was a Flemish nobleman, mayor of Antwerp and some sort of a spin doctor of the house of Orange. However based on computer algorithms Dutch and Flemish scholars now come to a different conclusion. … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Attends Start of Giro D’Italia 2016

  May 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm by

This afternoon, Friday May 6, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander was present at the kick off of the 99th edition of the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn, in the province of Gelderland. The cycling race started with a 9.8 kilometer time trial. The King visited the paddocks of some team and then followed the race in a supporting vehicle. Koning bij start van de 99e editie van de @giroditalia in Apeldoorn, @girogelderland https://t.co/brt3ieZpLF … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Mark Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm by

On May 4th and 5th, members of the Dutch Royal Family took part in the celebrations to mark Remembrance and Liberation Days. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, on Wednesday May 4th, Remembrance Day, attended a memorial service at the at the Nieuwe Kerk along with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Later the Royal Couple attended the national commemoration held at the Dam Square where took place the … Continue reading

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King’s Day Leads To Online Bullying And A Sold-Out Dress

  April 29, 2016 at 7:04 am by

As discussed here, the Dutch royal family celebrated the king’s birthday on April 27th in Zwolle. And as usual the Dutch newspapers and population have used yesterday and today to discuss their impressions of the day, which led to online bullying and a sold out dress. The three princesses were an utter delight. In previous years they were a bit more shy and in the background, staying close to their … Continue reading

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Happy Koningsdag! The Orange-Nassaus Celebrate in Zwolle

  April 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm by

We’ve come to the end of April, and in the Netherlands that means one thing: Koningsday! This year the event was held in Zwolle. Despite the early signs of rain and unpleasant weather, the clouds managed to hold themselves together as the Dutch Royal Family descended on the city for a day of games, entertainment and socialising. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima again brought their three daughters – Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Meet With Pope Francis

  April 26, 2016 at 8:47 am by

Yesterday, Monday April 25, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were received by Pope Francis at the Vatican for a private audience. The Royal Couple was accompanied by their three daughters: Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane. For the Princesses was the first meeting with the Pope while the King and the Queen met the Holy Father on March 19, 2013 when the then Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Presents World Press Photo 2015

  April 24, 2016 at 10:51 pm by

Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien have attended the prize ceremony of the World Press Photo for 2015 this evening. Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien at World Press Photo in Amsterdam #WPPh16 #Laurentien pic.twitter.com/3i8y8IpbJl — Albert Nieboer (@Royaleurope) April 24, 2016 The Prince, who is patron of the Foundation, presented the prize to Australian photographer Warren Richardson, who was awarded the prize for his photograph of Syrian refugees crossing the border … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Launch The King’s Game

  April 22, 2016 at 11:11 am by

Today, Friday April 22, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were present at the opening of the King’s Game at the Drostenburg Elementary school in Amsterdam. A school for students with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. After having breakfast with the students, The Royal Couple attended a dance performance of a group of children with the song “Hupsakee” made for the event. Then, in the presence of the King and the Queen, … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend The Four Freedom Awards 2016

  April 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm by

Today, Thursday April 21, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix attended at the presentation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedom Awards 2016 at the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg. The laureates for this year’s Awards were: for Freedom of speech Mazen Darwish from Syria, for Freedom of worship three clerics from the Central African Republic, for Freedom from want Dr. Denis Mukwege … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima: One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential

  April 21, 2016 at 9:25 am by

For the first time, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has been listed as one TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2016. Her spot on the list is due to her hard work and dedicated effort in helping those less fortunate in developing countries achieve through her work with inclusive finance. Tilman Ehrbeck, partner at philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network that supports visionary entrepreneurs, said of the Queen “with her firm … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Opens International Book Fair in Colombia

  April 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm by

As UNESCO Special Envoy for Literacy, Princess Laurentien attended the opening of the 29th edition of the International Book Fair of Bogota, Colombia, on Tuesday April 19. Accompanied by Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, President of Colombia and Gina Parody, Minister of Education, Princess Laurentien inaugurated the pavillion of The Netherlands which is the guest of honors of this year’s edition. The International Book Fair of Bogota (FilBo) is one of … Continue reading

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