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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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Queen Máxima Opens the Bio-Fair in Zwolle

  January 17, 2018 at 12:49 pm by

This afternoon, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was present at the opening of the organic trade fair Bio-Fair organized at the convention center IJsselhallen in Zwolle, in the northeastern Netherlands. Upon her arrival, the Queen was welcomed by Boele Staal, commissioner of the King in the Province of Overijssel, and Jan Brink, Deputy Mayor of Zwolle. The Queen, along with Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, was given a guided … Continue reading

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Dutch King Hosts New Year’s Reception At Amsterdam’s Royal Palace

  January 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm by

On Tuesday January 16th, the King of The Netherlands hosted the first of two traditional New Year’s receptions at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Several hundred guests from across Dutch society, the political sphere and the public administrative services attended the reception, as did forty representatives from the Dutch National Police, who were special guests this year. During his speech at the reception, the King personally thanked the police for … Continue reading

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Dressed For Success: King Willem-Alexander Visits Amsterdam Charity

  January 16, 2018 at 11:47 am by

Before hosting the first New Year’s reception of the year on Tuesday, King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to an Amsterdam charity that provides people looking for employment with appropriate attire to wear for interviews. The King visited Dress for Success, which is an initiative of the ‘Together Out of Poverty’ program established The Oranje Fonds, and met with staff who man the Amsterdam store, as well as clients who have taken … Continue reading

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First Royal Attendance Confirmed For PyeongChang 2018

  January 15, 2018 at 11:50 am by

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will kick off on February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the first royal attendances have been confirmed. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands will be attending to cheer on Dutch athletes at the beginning of the Games: the King will attend from February 9th to February 13th, while Queen Máxima will only attend until February 11th. They will be present for the opening … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima Opens the House for Music

  January 12, 2018 at 2:17 pm by

Today, Friday January 12, Queen Máxima attended at the opening of the renovated “House for Music” in Arnhem, in the province of Gelderland. Upon her arrival the Queen was welcomed by the Mayor of Arnehm, Ahmed Marcouch, and Clemens Cornielje, the King’s Commissioner in the province of Gelderland. During the opening ceremony took place a concert by the Het Gelders Orkest and a performance by more than one hundred Arnhem school children … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima’s Working Visit To Rotterdam

  January 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm by

Today, Thursday January 11, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands paid a working visit to the youth foundation Time for Action in Rotterdam. Time for Action, established in 2011, aims to “provide help and networks to lonely and vulnerable people and encourages young people to be committed to the people in their environment who have little or no network”. The foundation is active in 15 cities across the country with … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Opens Dutch Pavillion at CES 2018 in Las Vegas

  January 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm by

Dutch Prince Constantijn was on hand Tuesday to help officially open the Holland Startup Pavillion at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, which is being held in Las Vegas over the next four days. The Prince toured the pavilion – one of the largest single-country pavilions at CES this year – seeing what products the 53 Dutch start-up companies had brought with them to showcase to the international market. Among them … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima Opens Conference in Amsterdam

  December 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm by

As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, Dutch Queen Máxima opened today, Thursday December 7, the 5th edition of the IGNITE conference at the conference centre Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The conference, entitled “Rebuilding Futures” and organized by the Dutch development organization SPARK, was focused on improving access to higher education, developing entrepreneurship, promoting sustainable leadership amongst young people in conflict-affected regions … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Present Prince Claus Award 2017

  December 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm by

Today, Wednesday December 6, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, and Princess Mabel attended the 2017 Prince Claus Prize Award ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. This year the award went to the Brazilian filmmaker and rights activist Vincent Carelli and the Chinese new media designer and environmental activist Ma Jun. As Honorary Chairman of the Prince Claus Fund, Prince Constantijn presented … Continue reading

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