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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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Dutch Royals Present Erasmus Prize 2012

  November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am by

Queen Beatrix, the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were yesterday present at the awards ceremony of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, of which the Prince of Orange is patron. The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. During the ceremony, Prince Willem-Alexander presented this year’s prize to Daniel Dennett, an American philosopher who specialises in the philosophy of the mind, science and biology in the field of … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Maxima: One Day Visit to Istanbul

  November 13, 2012 at 10:47 am by

On November 10, the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima were in Turkey to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the cultural and economic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey. The Crown Prince Couple was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans. The Prince and the Princess attended several events through the day, beginning with a visit to the “Dutch-Turkish Brainport Innovation and Career” seminar at … Continue reading

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State Visit from Italy to the Netherlands

  October 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife Clio started a three-day State Visit to the Netherlands on October 23. They were welcomed by Queen Beatrix on Tuesday at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. In the afternoon the President had a meeting with the Italian community in the Netherlands. The first day ended with a state banquet. Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven were present. In … Continue reading

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Tenth Anniversary of Prince Claus’s Death

  October 6, 2012 at 8:30 am by

October 6th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands’ passing. He was the husband of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the father of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, from pneumonia, with his immediate family by his side. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since 1991, and had also beaten prostate cancer. The … Continue reading

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London 2012: Dutch Royals Bring Nieces to Cheer on Holland

  July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am by

When the Oranjes turned up to watch the women’s hockey match between the Netherlands and Belgium on July 29th, royal watchers had to pause and re-count the number of little blonde heads sitting with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Along with the couple’s three daughters – Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – were Countesses Luana and Zaria, the two young daughters of the Prince’s brother, Friso, and his wife Mabel. … Continue reading

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London 2012: Swimming Draws the Royals In

  July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm by

As it usually is, the Olympic swimming competition has been the place for royal spotting. Yesterday saw members of the Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian and Greek royal families in the stands for the morning heats. Sitting together in the VIP section, it was a kin to a family reunion of sorts. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were on hand to cheer Jeanette … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Visits Turkey: June 13-15

  June 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm by

To mark 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, Queen Beatrix was in Turkey for a two-day visit last week. On June 13 in the afternoon, the Queen arrived in Ankara and was welcomed at the airport by the Mayor of Ankara, Mr Melih Gokcek. At the Presidential Palace, Queen Beatrix was received in an audience with President Abdullah Gul and his wife, Hayrunnisa Gul. In the … Continue reading

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