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It’s NL DOET Time For The Oranjes!

  March 10, 2018 at 2:29 pm by

Like every year, members of the Dutch Royal Family took part in the National Volunteer Day, NL DOET, on March 9 and 10. On Friday, Princess Beatrix along with Prince Bernhard and his wife, Princess Annette, volunteered in the children’s day center “Onder één Dak” in Amersfoort, in the province of Utrecht. The center hosts young people between the ages of 4 and 18 with intellectual disability to deal with daily … Continue reading

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Horticulture and Art For A Velvet-Clad Máxima

  March 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm by

Dutch Queen Máxima undertook several engagements on Wednesday March 7th. She first opened the World Horti Center in Westland, accompanied by Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The World Horti Center is the knowledge and innovation center of the international greenhouse horticulture sector.  The center “reunites members of business, education, research and government in order to innovate, connect, create and inspire together”. Every year the center is visited by … Continue reading

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Annual Dutch Winter Photo Session in Lech

  February 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm by

The annual Lech photo session of the Dutch Royal Family took place today, Monday February 26, with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with their three daughters: Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Despite the freezing cold temperature, minus 21 degrees!, the royal family posed for the photo opportunity in the presence of Dutch and foreign media gathered at the mountain station of the Rüfikopf, 2350 meters above sea level, … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima’s Working Visit in The Hague

  February 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm by

On Thursday February 22nd, Queen Maxima paid a working visit to the organization Schuldenlab070 in The Hague. Schuldenlab070, founded in July 2016 by the Municipality of The Hague and the inclusive platform Society Impact Foundation, aims to “find innovative solutions in order to help the households who are facing poverty and debt problems in The Hague”. The organization works in cooperation with 25 partners, including ING, Eneco, CZ, ADG Dienstengroep, AEGON, Rabobank, … Continue reading

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Princess Ariane Breaks Wrist During Skating Accident

  February 15, 2018 at 7:26 am by

The RVD released a statement this morning saying that Princess Ariane, the ten-year-old daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, has suffered a broken wrist. The injury occurred on Sunday when the Princess was out skating, and was confirmed during a hospital visit on Thursday morning. Ariane has been fitted with a plaster cast, which she will need to wear for three weeks. Her doctor has said she will “probably” … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima in Indonesia: February 11-13

  February 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm by

As a special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for inclusive finance for development, Queen Máxima arrived in Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, on the evening of Sunday February 11 for a two-day visit. On Monday February 12, the first day of her visit, the Queen was in Bandar Lampung, capital of the province of Lampung, in the southern of Sumatra island. Upon her arrival, Queen … Continue reading

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The Royals in PyeongChang: Opening Weekend

  February 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm by

Following Friday night’s opening ceremony, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games kicked in to high gear over the weekend, with the first medals awarded and dozens of events held across PyeongChang and neighbouring Gangneung. Amongst the thousands of spectators were royals from the Netherlands, Monaco, Luxembourg and the UK. King Willem-Alexander, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were on hand on Saturday to congratulate three … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to China – Last Day

  February 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm by

Today, Thursday February 8, Dutch Queen Máxima completed the working visit to China on her own while King Willem-Alexander was on his way to PyeongChang, South Korea, where tomorrow he will attend the opening of the Winter Olympics as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Queen started her last day in China with a roundatable at the Dutch Embassy focused on Green Finance. Topics discussed were … Continue reading

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Dutch Working Visit to China Begins

  February 7, 2018 at 5:07 pm by

At the invitation of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of The Netherlands started today, Wednesday February 7, a two-day working visit to China along with Halbe Zijlstra, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Upon their arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the Royal Couple was welcomed by the Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Later the King and the Queen were received by … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Opens the Virtual Oncode Institute

  February 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm by

This morning, Monday February 5, Queen Máxima of The Netherlands was present at the launch of the Virtual Oncode Institute, a new virtual research center for cancer. The event took place at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam in the presence of funders, partners, researchers and guests. The Virtual Oncode Institute is an independent institute that unites The Netherlands’ most outstanding scientists specialized in the field of fundamental oncological research. Almost 600 … Continue reading

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Surrounded By Family: New Photos Show Princess Beatrix At 80

  January 31, 2018 at 6:00 am by

Today, Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands celebrates her eightieth birthday. To mark the occasion, the Dutch Royal Court has released a series of new photographs of the Princess with her family. The photos were taken at Drakensteyn Castle in autumn last year by photographer Jeroen van der Meyde, who has snapped the Oranjes on numerous occasions. In two of the photographs, Princess Beatrix is shown with her eight grandchildren: Princesses Catharina-Amalia, … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Enjoys Some Baby Cuddles During Working Visit To Dordrecht

  January 30, 2018 at 10:52 am by

Today, Tuesday January 30, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands paid a working visit to the non-profit organization Babyhuis in Dordrecht. Babyhuis, established at the end of 2013, offers care and guidance to mothers, pregnant women and babies whose parents who are temporarily unable to provide care for them. The organization also provides intensive assistance programs “to establish a secure bonding relationship between mother and child, guidance to self-reliance, creating a solid financial … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Opens Jubilee Edition of The Hague Model UN

  January 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm by

On Monday, King Willem-Alexander officially opened the jubilee edition of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) at the World Forum. Thousands of high school students from over one hundred countries have descended on The Hague for the five-day conference that is being held this week, simulating the work and gatherings of the United Nations. Through debate and diplomacy, the students have an aim of reaching an “agreement on world problems … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Open European Capital of Culture For 2018

  January 28, 2018 at 6:22 am by

Yesterday, Saturday January 27, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima participated in the official opening of Leeuwarden-Fryslân as the European Capital of Culture for 2018. The Maltese capital Valletta is also this year’s European Capital of Culture. To mark the starting of the events, the King and Queen rang the bells of the Oldehove Church which is located in the medievial centre of the city of Leeuwarden. During this year the province … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend Opening of the Holland Dance Festival

  January 26, 2018 at 6:58 am by

Last night, Thursday January 25, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien were present for the opening of the sixteenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. The festival showcases international dance productions from nineteen countries and also organizes educational activities, projects, workshops and customized lessons. During the festival will be presented fifty-two performances of leading international dance productions. Yesterday, during the gala, the Jiří Kylián … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Awards the Language Heroes Prizes

  January 26, 2018 at 6:46 am by

On Thursday January 25, Princess Laurentien presented the Language Heroes Prizes during the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg in Rotterdam. The awards went to Ibrahim Al Hendi, Carolien Slager and Anne Agema. Ibrahim won in the category Language Courses because “in the short time that he is here in The Netherlands, has already mastered the Dutch language so well”; Carolien won in the category Bridge Builder for … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Dutch State Visit to Ethiopia

  January 26, 2018 at 3:00 am by

January 26, 1969: Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (C) sits in between Queen Juliana (L) and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands (R) during a gala banquet held in honour of state visit to Ethiopia by the Dutch monarch. Also participating in the visit were Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus.

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Princess Laurentien Attends National Reading Breakfast Days Launch

  January 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm by

On Wednesday January 24, Princess Laurentien participated in the launch of the fifteenth edition of the National Reading Breakfast Days at the Children’s Book Museum in The Hague. During the event, the Princess read the book “Ssst! Don’t Wake Up the Tiger”. The book by Britta Teckentrup was named Picture Book of the Year 2018 by a jury of Dutch children’s librarians. The National Reading Days is an initiative of the Reading … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander Meets with the President of Panama

  January 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm by

Today, Monday January 22, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands welcomed Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama, at Noordeinde Palace for an audience. The President is currently on a three-day working visit to The Netherlands that aims to strengthen the relationship between The Netherlands and Panama. On the occasion of this visit, Queen Máxima, in her capacity as special advocate of the United Nations Secretary-General for Inclusive Financing for … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet of The Netherlands Turns Seventy-Five

  January 19, 2018 at 8:00 am by

January 19th, 2018 is the seventy-fifth birthday of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands, aunt of the current Dutch monarch. Two new photographs of the Princess were released today by the Dutch Royal Court to mark the occasion. Princess Margriet is the third daughter of Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. She was born in 1943 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada where her parents and … Continue reading

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