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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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White and Beige Wednesday for Máxima and Mary

  June 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm by

It was a white and beige Wednesday in the Netherlands and Denmark today, with both Princess Máxima and Crown Princess Mary opting for neutral tones for their respective engagements. In Elburg, Princess Máxima opened the new portion of the Sjoel Elburg Jewish museum. The museum is housed in a historic synagogue, but required an extension to keep up with the growing community. The new building, which is located adjacent to … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Maxima in Brazil

  May 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm by

Princess Maxima visited from Monday May 7 to Thursday 10 May Brazil. The Princess was invited by the Central Bank in her capacity as special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon and honorary chair of the G20 ‘Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). Princess Maxima went to Brazil to promote microcredit and support to the small and medium enterprises. On Monday May 7, the Princess attended a … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 11, 2012 at 9:39 am by

As usual every year, on May 4 and 5, the Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day services. On May 4, Queen Beatrix accompanied by Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima attended a remembrance ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Then took place the wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial at the monument in Dam Square. The same day, Princess Margriet, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven and Prince … Continue reading

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Princess Mabel Resigns from Elders CEO Position

  May 9, 2012 at 3:11 am by

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau has resigned from her position as Chief Executive Officer of The Elders. The decision was announced following a meeting of The Elders on May 7th in Norway. The Princess has decided to step down due to the current situation with her husband, Prince Friso, who is in a coma following an avalanche accident on February 17th. Radio Netherlands reports that Princess Mabel will continue part-time as … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Celebrate Koninginnedag

  May 1, 2012 at 3:54 am by

The Dutch Royal Family yesterday celebrated the official birthday of Queen Beatrix, Koninginnedag, in the towns of Rhenen and Veenendaal. Queen Beatrix was joined by two of her sons and daughters-in-law, her sister, and nephews and their wives for the festivities. Only Prince Friso, Princess Mabel and Princess Anita were not in attendance. Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven was only present in Veenendaal. Upon arrival in Rhenen, school children from the … Continue reading

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State Visit from Turkey to the Netherlands – Last Day

  April 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm by

The last day of the State Visit started on April 19 with a visit to Floriade in Venlo. Floriade is an international exhibition of flowers and gardening. The Queen, The President of Turkey and his wife were welcomed by Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. They made a tour around Floriade, visited the Netherlands pavilion and President Gül opened the Turkish pavilion, where the President renamed a flower ‘Istanbul Hyacinth’. … Continue reading

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State Visit from Turkey to the Netherlands – Day Two

  April 19, 2012 at 6:19 am by

On April 18, the second day of the State Visit, the Turkish President, Abdullah Gül, and his wife Hayrunissa, along with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima, visited the Weekend Academy, a project of the Orange Foundation, in Amsterdam. The project offers young people help with homework, social skills and sports participation to increase their motivation for learning. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are patrons of the … Continue reading

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State Visit from Turkey to the Netherlands – Day One

  April 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm by

On April 17, the President of Turkey, Mr Abdullah Gül, and his wife started a three-day State Visit to Netherlands. In the morning, the President was welcomed by Queen Beatrix at the Royal Palace on Dam Square, where the two countries’ National Anthems were played. After the welcoming ceremony. the President laid a wreath at the Monument on the Dam. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Amsterdam’s Mayor Eberhard van der … Continue reading

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Dutch Crown Prince Buys Property in Greece

  April 17, 2012 at 12:03 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima have bought a villa in Doroufi, west of Kranidi, Greece. The villa was purchased for €4.5million from German photographer Manfred Rieker, and features a swimming pool, alongside a private beach and marina. It sits on a four-thousand square metre estate. Neighbours include Sean Connery, Russian President-Elect Vladimir Putin and the Niarchos family. Volksrant was told that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had been informed … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Maxima in Malaysia and Indonesia

  April 7, 2012 at 10:33 am by

From Monday 02 to Thursday 05 April, Princess Maxima was on a working visit to Malaysia and Indonesia in her role as special advocate for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for Inclusive Finance for Development, and as the honorary chairman of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). On Monday 02 and Tuesday 03, the Princess was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she had meetings with to His … Continue reading

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Final Day of the Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg

  March 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm by

The third and last day of the state visit to Luxembourg, March 22nd, began with a visit at the University of Luxembourg. Queen Beatrix, accompanied by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, visited the University Campus Limpertsberg and met the students. The Queen attended a high-level round table discussion with the President of the European Investment Bank, Mr Hoyer, and various other ministers. The students asked questions and … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg, Day Two

  March 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm by

The second day of Queen Beatrix’s state visit to Luxembourg started with a visit to Belval, where she arrived, along with Grand Duke Henri, by train. Belval is a quarter of Esch-sur-Alzette, in the south-west of Luxembourg. In Belval, the Queen visited the laboratory in the House of Biomedicine, part of the new University of Luxembourg. During the lunch offered by the Government of Luxembourg at the Chateau Bourglinster, the … Continue reading

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Belgian, Dutch Royals Attend First Bus Tragedy Funeral

  March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians today attended the first funeral of victims of last week’s Swiss bus tragedy. They were joined by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Switzerland. The service took place at the 5,000-seat Soeverein Arena in Lommel, in northern Belgium where one of the schools involved is located. Among the crowd were Belgian Prime … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg, Day One

  March 21, 2012 at 2:25 am by

On March 20, Queen Beatrix started a three-day state visit to Luxembourg. The Queen was greeted at the Findel Airport by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and then a welcoming ceremony took palce at the Grand Ducal Palace with Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria-Theresa and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. After that Queen Beatrix visited the Kanounenhiwwel Monument, a monument built to commemorate the victims of the World War II. In … Continue reading

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