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Van Vollenhovens Skate For Lymphoma Fundraiser

  March 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm by

The clan van Vollenhoven today participated in De Hollandse 100, a charity skating and cycling event to raise money for the lymphoma research charity, Lymph & Co, that was founded by Prince Bernhard. Princess Margriet headed a team she dubbed ‘the skating grannies’, as she and three friends did the skating relay at the Flevonice ice rink. Prince Maurits and Princess Annette also did their own skating. A number of family members … Continue reading

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Princess Mabel Speaks At ‘She Decides’ Conference in Brussels

  March 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm by

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, a staunch advocate for the rights of young girls, has today spoken at the ‘She Decides’ conference in Brussels that is being held to have politicians and world leaders place the “rights of women and girls on the top of the international agenda” in the coming years. She said that it was imperative to “ensure that girls can make informed decisions anywhere in the world about their … Continue reading

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The ‘A Team’ Pose For Photos On Lech Ski Slopes With Parents

  February 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm by

The annual Lech photo session of the Dutch Royal Family took place on Monday, with the King and Queen and their three daughters taking centre stage on the slopes as the press got their photos. Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane (informally known as the ‘A Team’) showed off their skiing skills as they went up and down the hills alongside their parents. But the best part of this year’s … Continue reading

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A Day In Utrecht For Queen Máxima

  February 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm by

Today, Wednesday February 22, Her Majesty Queen Máxima spent the day in Utrecht to attend two events connected with the Oranje Fonds. In the morning the Queen opened the Buzinezz Forum that aims to fight the youth unemployment and it is directed to organizations, municipalities and social entrepreneurs to increase job opportunities for the young people. The forum was organized by Prestatieladder Socialer Ondernemen, a national instrument that aims to solve … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Visit The Krimpenerwaard Region

  February 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm by

Today, Tuesday February 21, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid a visit to the Region of Krimpenerwaard. Upon their arrival to the municipality of Krimpen aan den IJssel, they were received in the Town Hall by Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner of South Holland, Martijn Willem Vroom, Mayor of Krimpen aan den IJssel and Roel Cazemier, Mayor of Krimpenerwaard. At the Town Hall, The King and the Queen met with members … Continue reading

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Turning 50 on April 27? Celebrate At The Palace With King Willem-Alexander

  February 20, 2017 at 8:12 am by

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands this year celebrates his fiftieth birthday, and he will celebrate the occasion by hosting a dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam for 150 of his fellow birthday folk – Dutch citizens who were also born on April 27, 1967. People with the same birthday as the King can can enter an online ballot until March 3 to attend the dinner (held on Friday April 28), … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Opens ‘A Royal Paradise’ Exhibition

  February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am by

The Queen of The Netherlands opened a new exhibition at the Dordrecht Museum on Saturday that highlights the work of eighteenth century artist Aert Schouman. ‘A Royal Paradise: Aert Schouman and Imagination of Nature’ includes five paintings of Schouman’s speciality (watercolours of birds, mammals and plants) that were commissioned by Willem V, Prince of Orange. Queen Máxima, donning an olive green sheath dress and grey accessorises, was given a tour of the … Continue reading

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Happy 70th Birthday Princess Christina

  February 18, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Dutch Princess Christina today celebrates her seventieth birthday. The Princess is the youngest child of the late Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. She was born at Soestdijk Palace in 1947, and during her childhood was known as ‘Marieke’ (after her given name, Maria Christina). The Princess was born almost completely blind as a result of her mother contracting German measles during pregnancy. Medical treatments and glasses improved … Continue reading

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And The State Visits Keep Rolling In: A List Of Upcoming Events

  February 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm by

With today’s confirmation King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians have accepted the invitation to pay a state visit to Denmark next month, the list of upcoming state visits across Europe has grown again. So that none get missed in the royal watching calendar, we’ve gathered all the necessary information below. State Visit from Canada to Sweden The Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, will be arriving in Sweden next week to … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Visits Oranje Fonds Program In Amsterdam

  February 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm by

Today, Tuesday February 14, Her Majesty Queen Máxima paid a visit at the “Emma at Work” Foundation in the Emma Childen’s Hospital/Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. The foundation, founded in 2006, aims to help young people from fifteen years with a chronic illness or physical disability to get a work experience like a summer job, flexible or permanent job. During the visit the Queen had a roundtable meeting with the young … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Last Day: Saxony-Anhalt

  February 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm by

Today, Friday February 10, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began their fourth and last day in Germany in Dessau-Rosslau, an urban district in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. There the Royal Couple paid a visit to the Staatliche Bauhaus, a school of art, design, architecture, and applied arts founded in 1919 in Weimar. This art school was the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century and since 1996 … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day Three: Saxony and Saxony Anhalt

  February 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began the third day of the working visit to Germany today, Thursday February 9, with a visit at the headquarters of the European Energy Exchange (EEX), the largest energy exchange in Europe. Accompanied by the Dutch and German delegations, the King and Queen were informed about power trading, had a meeting with the management Board of EEX and made a tour of the facility. … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day Two: Thuringia and Saxony

  February 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm by

Today, Wednesday February 8, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started their second day of the working visit at the Thuringian State Chancellery in Erfurt were they were officially welcomed by Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, and his wife Germana Alberti vom Hofe. In the Chancellery took place an audience and the Royal Couple signed the golden book. Afterwards the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to Germany, Day One: Thuringia

  February 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm by

Today, Tuesday February 7, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started a four-day working visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The Royal Couple, along with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, arrived in Germany in the afternoon. Upon their arrival the King and the Queen paid a visit to … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix Watches On As German President Receives Honorary Doctorate

  February 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm by

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands today accompanied President Joachim Gauck of Germany to the University of Maastricht, where the President was awarded an honorary doctorate. The President was given the honorary doctorate due to his “tireless defence of freedom, democracy, and justice”. It was also announced by the Dutch Royal Court that King Willem-Alexander awarded President Gauck with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion in recognition … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Host Dinner For German President

  February 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm by

German President Joachim Gauck is continuing on his ‘farewell tour’ of Europe before he leaves the post in March. This evening he was a guest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at a dinner at Palace Noordeinde. Official photos were released of the royal couple with President Gauck and his partner, Daniela Schadt. The Queen once again showed her prowess at unearthing jewels from the royal vaults not seen … Continue reading

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Dutch, Greek and a Bea, Oh My: Society Wedding Hosts Royal Guests

  February 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm by

A Greek shipping heir married his long-time fashion designer love in London today, and the wedding ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia saw several royals in attendance. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (wearing the same coral Elie Saab dress Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria wore to her nephew’s christening last year) made the trip with their three daughters. The younger two, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, were … Continue reading

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On This Day: Willem-Alexander & Máxima Marry in Amsterdam

  February 2, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Fifteen years ago, the heir to the Dutch throne – Prince Willem-Alexander – married Argentine Máxima Zorreguieta in civil and religious ceremonies in Amsterdam. The couple are now King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. After announcing their engagement on March 30, 2001, the couple married on February 2, 2002 – the date chosen because of the once-in-a-century ’02-02-02′. The civil ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage and … Continue reading

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IMC Weekend School on Tour’s Guest Pupil: Queen Máxima

  February 1, 2017 at 11:57 am by

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has paid a visit to the IMC Weekend School on Tour during one of their classes in Haarlem.  The IMC Weekend School on Tour provides language lessons to young people aged between nine and fourteen that are new to Dutch society – namely refugees. They have ten locations around the country. Wearing a white and black printed dress, the Queen joined in on a ‘medical’ lesson … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Pays Visit to Windmill Park

  January 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm by

The Queen of the Netherlands was in Nijmegen today, where she paid a visit to the Nijmegen-Betuwe Windmill Park which was funded by citizens of the local region to supply power to over 7,000 homes. She met with investors, residents and representatives from the Gelderland Nature and Environment Federation during her time at the windmill park, as well as going inside the base of one of the four windmills on the grounds … Continue reading

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