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Pieter van Vollenhoven attends Book Presentation

  February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm by

Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven yesterday was presented with the first copy of a new book regarding the history of Soestdijk Palace; “Paleis Soestdijk – Drie eeuwen huis van Oranje’ (‘Soestdijk Palace – Three Centuries of the House of Orange’). The presentation took place, fittingly, at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. According to the book’s publisher, Waanders Publishers, the book focuses on the past life of the Palace, as well as looking … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix sends Condolences to Aircrash Victims

  February 26, 2009 at 12:24 am by

Queen Beatrix has sent her deepest condolences, expressing her profound sadness, to the victims of yesterday’s aeroplane crash and their families. The Queen is in contact with the authorities in being updated on the crash. Nine people were killed and eighty-six injured when Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, en route from Istanbul, crashed on its approach to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The plane was carrying 127 passengers and seven crew members. … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix opens ‘200 Years of the Prix de Rome’ Exhibition

  February 25, 2009 at 1:10 am by

Dutch Queen Beatrix yesterday, February 24, opened the ‘200 Years of the Prix de Rome’ exhibition at the Rotterdam Kunsthalle. The exhibition highlights past winners of the Dutch branch of the art and architecture prize, originally founded in 1666 by King Louis XIV of France. The prize was opened in Holland in 1808 by Louis Napoleon of France. The Prix de Rome covers painting, drawing, photography, film and video, visual … Continue reading

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Twelve Foundations Managed from Noordeinde Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 6:17 am by

Twelve foundations and trusts are listed on the adress Noordeinde 68, the asdress of Noordeinde Palace in the Hague. This was written in a letter by prime minister Mr. Dr. J. P. Balkenende to the second chamber of parliament.   Parliament asked for an overview after controversies arose about an article in the Volkskrant about the money of princess Christina, youngest sister of queen Beatrix. Her money is on a … Continue reading

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“Matchmaker” to Beatrix and Claus Passed Away

  February 19, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The man who introduced Queen Beatrix to her future husband, Count Caspar von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff, has passed away.   On new year’s eve 1962, crown princess Beatrix of the Netherlands first met Claus von Amsberg, who she would marry in 1966. Both Beatrix as Claus were related to the count, in Beatrix’s case through a sister of her paternal grandmother, Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, born Baroness of Sierstorpff-Cramm. The count also … Continue reading

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Dutch Photo Session in Lech

  February 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm by

Today, the main members of the Dutch royal family participated in their annual photo session in the exclusive Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, in Vorarlberg. Queen Beatrix was joined by her eldest and youngest sons, Princes Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn; along with their respective wives – Princesses Máxima and Laurentien – and their gaggle of adorable children for the winter holiday. 4-year-old Count Claus-Casimir was outnumbered amongst his … Continue reading

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Future of Soestdijk Palace Still Unclear

  February 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm by

Newspaper De Telegraaf claims that they have secret information about the future of Soestdijk. In the secret report ‘Royal Heritage as Example’ of the Rijksgebouwendienst (RGD) it says that the costs of restauration and conservation of the palace will be very high, which makes it impossible to turn the palace into a museum, instead the advice is that the palace will transform to a conference center for topics like sustainability, … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima Visits Oss

  February 13, 2009 at 12:23 am by

Princess Máxima visited the Dutch town of Oss on February 12. The Princess visited ‘The Inner’ cultural centre where she was informed of project work in the community, before awarding the town with a prize for their participation and citizenship in 2008. The town won the prize for the manual their residents developed on initiatives they are making in their town.

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima To Buy Argentinian Ranch?

  February 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

According to the Argentinian press the Dutch crown princely couple bought a farm called Estancia Pilpilcura in Pilcaniyeu, Argentina, for the amount of 3,5 million dollars. The rumours are not denied by the RVD. The farm is located in the region Patagonia, and close to Bariloche where the Zorreguieta family enjoy to ski and where princess Máxima’s brother Martin has a restaurant. The RVD denied that the prince and princess … Continue reading

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Prince Bernhard Also Lobbied for the F16 Fighter

  February 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana wasn’t only involved in promoting American aeronautics Company Lockheed with the Dutch air force; in 1975 he also lobbied for the acquisition of the F16 fighter. This was revealed in the dissertation of Bert Kreemers, which will be presented today at the University of Leiden. First Bernhard lobbied for the Cobra of Northrop, the president of the company, Thomas V. Jones … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Visit Antarctica

  February 9, 2009 at 2:59 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are currently on an expedition to Antarctica, as part of the Dutch branch of International Polar Year. The expedition was planned by Dutch scientists after Queen Beatrix expressed an interest in knowing more about the effects of climate change on the globe, and in particular, the North and South Poles. Willem-Alexander and Máxima began their trip on February 4, when they flew to … Continue reading

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