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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Begin Province Visits

  May 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm by

On Tuesday May 28th, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Mâxima started their visits to the Provinces by visiting Groningen and Drenthe. The Royal Couple arrived in the Province of Groningen in the morning. They were welcomed by the Commissioner of the King, Mr. Max van de Berg, with a reception at the State House. Then the King and the Queen took a walk through Martinikerkhof and Market, two of the squares … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Luxembourg

  May 26, 2013 at 1:38 am by

The King and Queen of the Netherlands paid an introductory visit to Luxembourg on Friday May 24th. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were greeted at the Luxembourg Findel Airport by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, before the group travelled by car to the Grand Ducal Palace in the capital. Once at the Palace, the royal couples spent a few minutes greeting the crowds and posing for photos … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima: “Appeltjes van Oranje 2013″

  May 20, 2013 at 10:21 am by

On Thursday May 16th, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended the “Appeltjes van Oranje 2013″ and “Oranje Fonds Kroonappels” awards ceremony at the Royal Palace.  Princess Beatrix was present too. The theme of the awards this year was “All Years count”, about what a group of people of different ages together can learn from each other. The winners of the “Appeltjes van Oranje 2013″ were: “Peeking at the neighbors, Southeast Care … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima in New York and Washington

  May 12, 2013 at 10:27 am by

On Tuesday May 7th, Queen Máxima was at the UN headquarters in New York to meet the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to discuss the issue of the inclusive finance. As part of her function as Special Advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the field of inclusive finance for development, Queen Máxima attended the regular meeting of the international advisory board and she also had a … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm by

The commemorations for the Remembrance and Liberation Day coincided, this year, with the first public event for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima after the Inauguration of April 30th. On May 4th, the King along with the Queen and Prime Ministe Mark Rutte attended a memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Later, they placed a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

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Time To Vote For Best Dressed Royal At The Dutch Inauguration

  May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am by

It was a good two days where royals gathered in The Netherlands to farewell Queen Beatrix and welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The royals pulled out their best evening dresses and jewelry. Royals were seen in seen-before outfits, new outfits and borrowed outfits and some royals even stayed very traditional. It’s time for you to vote and discuss who you thought was the best dressed. Vote and discuss in … Continue reading

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Prince Maurits Receives Aide-de-Camp Appointment

  May 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

Prince Maurits was today appointed to the post of aide-de-camp extraordinary to his cousin, King Willem-Alexander. The new King also promoted his cousin to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant in the Dutch Royal Navy. These new appointments mean that Prince Maurits can attend and represent King Willem-Alexander at military ceremonies. His military uniform will bear the monogram of the King. The position is one which the Prince’s father, Professor Pieter van … Continue reading

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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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