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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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Dutch Royal Family Participate in NL DOET 2012

  March 18, 2012 at 4:01 am by

Like every year the Dutch Royal Family was present at the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET, on March 16 and 17, 2012. On March 16, Queen Beatrix, Princess Margriet, Prince Bernhard, Princess Annette, Prince Floris and Princess Aimée helped the foundation Assistance Dog in Molenschot. The Foundation trains dogs to help people with mobility impairments. The Royals helped wash the dogs, clean the kennels and office, created a puppy swing … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Back on Official Duty

  March 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm by

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was back on official duty today, her first engagement since the February 17 skiing accident of her son, Prince Friso. The Queen was in Soesterberg, about an hour’s drive south-west of Amsterdam, to open a new barracks of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit of the Ministry of Defence. The barracks, named Sergeant-Major Scheickkazerne in Dutch, has been named after the first Dutch EOD specialist … Continue reading

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Prince Friso Transferred to Wellington Clinic in London

  March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm by

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau has been transferred to the Wellington Clinic in London, England. The RVD announced this today at 18.18 o’clock Duch time. The Wellington Clinic has been chosen based on advice from experts. Their advice was based on the condition of the Prince. London will also provide Countess Luana and Countess Zaria with the most prospects for continuity and stability. In the same announcement, the RVD repeated the … Continue reading

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Prince Friso in Coma following Avalanche Last Friday

  February 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm by

UPDATE 24/02/12 at 07:15: A press conference with the head of trauma and intensive care at the hospital in Innsbruck has just taken place. The doctors gave some details on the Prince’s condition, and their prognosis: The Prince was under the snow for 25 minutes, and CPR was performed for 50 minutes to resuscitate him. A MRI was performed yesterday on the Prince, which indicated that the Prince had suffered severe brain damage from a lack of oxygen. Doctors cannot guarantee that the Prince will awaken from his coma, or give a timeframe as to when this could be expected. If he does wake up, his rehabilitation will take months or years.
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau is currently in a critical but stable condition in an Innsbruck hospital following an avalanche in the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg on Friday February 17th. Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Receives Machiavelli Prize

  February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm by

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands was today awarded the 2011 Machiavelli Prize at a ceremony at the Nieuwspoort Press Centre in The Hague. Accompanied by her husband, the Prince of Orange, and their uncle, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven (himself a former recipient of the prize), Princess Máxima accepted the prize which was awarded to her because of her “exceptional communication skills that have characterised her work as a Princess of … Continue reading

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02-02-02: The Prince of Orange Weds Máxima Zorreguieta

  February 2, 2012 at 12:00 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands today celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Following the announcement of their engagement on March 30th, 2001; the couple married on February 2nd, 2002 – the date chosen because of the once-in-a-century ’02-02-02′ – in both civil and religious ceremonies (as required by Dutch law). The civil ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage, conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam. … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Attends AmCham Gala

  January 24, 2012 at 5:08 am by

Last night, Monday January 23rd, Princess Máxima attended a gala dinner at the city hall in The Hague, to mark the anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Accompanied by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Princess was one of 500 guests to attend the gala hosted by the Mayor of The Hague, The Honorable Jozias van Aartsen. Also present were naturally the Dutch Ambassador to the United … Continue reading

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Controversial Villa Sold by Princes of Orange

  January 17, 2012 at 6:42 am by

The controversial holiday villa built by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima in Mozambique has been sold, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced last night during a meeting of the Dutch parliament. Prime Minister Rutte said that the villa, worth approximately €2,000,000, was sold back to the property developer who orchestrated the entire development. The villa, located in the Machangulo Peninsula, brought criticism from Dutch ministers and the public … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals on State Visit to Oman, Day Two

  January 13, 2012 at 2:19 am by

On January 11, the second day of the state visit to Oman, Queen Beatrix with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima were in Sohar to visit the Industrial Port, the Free Zone and the Omani International Maritime College. At their arrival, they were welcomed by Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed al-Mardhouf al-Sa’adi, Commerce and Industry Minister and Chairman of Sohar Industrial Port Company. The Queen was informed of how the Port is … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals on State Visit to Oman, Day One

  January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm by

On January 10, after leaving the UAE, Queen Beatrix accompanied by the Crown Prince Couple arrived in Oman for a three-day state visit. After landing in Muscat, they were welcomed at the airport by Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. An official welcome ceremony took place at Al Alam Palace, where the Queen had an audience with the Sultan along with the Prince, the Princess and excellencies and the official … Continue reading

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