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Oct. 8 2005 As part of her Jubilee tour, the Queen visited the province of Drenthe. Her program was dominated mostly by youth & culture.

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Thanks for the pictures Squidgy:) . More pictures from today without watermark from ANP and Telegraaf
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I believe her majesty wore that suit during the statevisit in Thailand as well, not a winning combination I would say.

btw during this visit two boys of 17 and 18 years old threw one egg at the queens entourage, they have been arrested by the police.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:58 AM
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Just my words , marengo,The clothes the queen is wearing is not verry flattering for her. BTW: last news about the egg trowing boys is that the stay in jail and they could get 7 and a half years for throwing the egg.

Someone walking around with a gun will be released by the police!
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:55 AM
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Just my words , marengo,The clothes the queen is wearing is not verry flattering for her. BTW: last news about the egg trowing boys is that the stay in jail and they could get 7 and a half years for throwing the egg.

Someone walking around with a gun will be released by the police!
Good point Dutch Royal! Gosh, the Dutch justice system sounds like the Canadian one!

I agree with you & Marengo that this outfit isn't one of her better ones ...

The whole egg throwing incident got me to wondering if there are parts of the Netherlands that are more pro-Monarchy than other parts, or is support pretty much the same in every region?
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:12 AM
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These days I do not think the difference is that big. But during the start of Wilhelmina's reign especially the north (friesland and groningen) had many inhabitants who were socialists, they were less sympathetic to the RF then other people in the country. Nowadays I would say that the (orthodox) christian communities are even more enthausiastic then the rest of the country. The mainly live in Zeeland (south west) and Gelderland (mid-east).

Amsterdam traditionally used to be anti-orange, as the regents of the city didn t like the stadholders involvment in 'their' city.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:46 AM
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In my family the rf was not very popular. The reson they gave was that they get paid from our taxmoney. Well, they are right but they can help it if the are born in that family???
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These days I do not think the difference is that big. But during the start of Wilhelmina's reign especially the north (friesland and groningen) had many inhabitants who were socialists, they were less sympathetic to the RF then other people in the country. Nowadays I would say that the (orthodox) christian communities are even more enthausiastic then the rest of the country. The mainly live in Zeeland (south west) and Gelderland (mid-east).

Amsterdam traditionally used to be anti-orange, as the regents of the city didn t like the stadholders involvment in 'their' city.
Thank you Marengo. I find it interesting that the different regions with their (I assume) different histories, for the most part, are equally supportive of having a monarchy. The situation is quite different here in Canada, where, generally speaking, French-Canadians (understandably) are not so enthused about having a British monarch as their Queen.

I was reading somewhere in this forum that Beatrix currently has something like a 90% approval rating from the Dutch - that is pretty amazing!
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Old 10-10-2005, 04:51 PM
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In my family the rf was not very popular. The reson they gave was that they get paid from our taxmoney. Well, they are right but they can help it if the are born in that family???
Thanks for the laugh Dutch Royal. I guess you are the rebel in your family for liking the RF.:) As far as tax money goes, just reading the paper here in Canada, I see lots of ways public funds are wasted. It seems like every month or so, a new scandal pops up. I imagine it is pretty much the same in your country.

Having someone like your Queen, who tries to encourage and support what is "good" in society (e.g. the arts, charities, responsible industry, environmental awareness, international relations etc.) to me doesn't seem like a total waste of money. But then, I'm not the one paying Dutch taxes.
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Old 10-10-2005, 06:14 PM
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I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I wish the hat-wearing royals would give hats a rest except for maybe weddings and a few sundry events. They all look younger and much much more modern without them, including this energetic Queen.

In any case, I hadn't previously had an opprtunity to see the photos of her 25th anniversry trips and they are a pleasure to see. So thanks to all the posting.
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I was reading somewhere in this forum that Beatrix currently has something like a 90% approval rating from the Dutch - that is pretty amazing!
I heard Beatrix also has similar ratings in the U.K. I recall a story where the streets of London were all congested because there was a royal motorcade and everyone was mad and said that Queen Elizabeth was so rude for taking up so much space. When the people found out that it was Queen Beatrix, their tone changed immediately and they said that it was okay because it was Beatrix and not Elizabeth. I've also read reports that many British people look to Queen Beatrix as an example of how they would like their monarch and royal family to be (this might be a source of the reported dislike Queen Lizzie has for Queen Beatrix). The articles (in British news) said that many Brits liked Queen Beatrix's warm professionalism rather than the 'stuffy' and 'elitist' attitudes of the British RF.
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I believe 'Iain' posted that anecdote somewhere, and it took place in Edinburgh. I highly doubt if most Londoners knew who Queen Beatrix (or any other foreign royal for that matter) is, the english are pretty isolationistic and still convinced of their own supriority (I recently saw a programme on the BBC about Europe and two ladies could only exclaim 'we are superiour', which was rather hilarious for non-english people to see, it brought back memories of Margaret Thatcher).
However, the british media often compared Queen Elizabeth II to the more relaxed Queen Beatrix I during the crisis of the british monarchy in the 90-ties.

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A lot of funds are wasted here as well, especially on officials who are doing a bad job and have to be fired (but get so much money afterwords) or on public buildings (I believe the CEO's of the goverment organ which deals with social benifits had marble (!) toilets, which caused a big scandal and because of public outrage two of them were fired....after receiving a bonus, of course :(
Now the royal palace on Dam square and Palace Noordeinde have to be restored, it will take years.

BTW: The boys who threw the eggs were released from jail but they have toappear for court in due date and can receive up to 5 years in jail. After so many pie-throwing left-leaning people, the murders on Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh and the flow on deaththreads on public persons the last 5 years the rules are much stricter then they used to be and these foolish boys won't get away with this easily!
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I believe 'Iain' posted that anecdote somewhere, and it took place in Edinburgh. I highly doubt if most Londoners knew who Queen Beatrix (or any other foreign royal for that matter) is, the english are pretty isolationistic and still convinced of their own supriority (I recently saw a programme on the BBC about Europe and two ladies could only exclaim 'we are superiour', which was rather hilarious for non-english people to see, it brought back memories of Margaret Thatcher).
However, the british media often compared Queen Elizabeth II to the more relaxed Queen Beatrix I during the crisis of the british monarchy in the 90-ties.

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A lot of funds are wasted here as well, especially on officials who are doing a bad job and have to be fired (but get so much money afterwords) or on public buildings (I believe the CEO's of the goverment organ which deals with social benifits had marble (!) toilets, which caused a big scandal and because of public outrage two of them were fired....after receiving a bonus, of course :(
Now the royal palace on Dam square and Palace Noordeinde have to be restored, it will take years.

BTW: The boys who threw the eggs were released from jail but they have toappear for court in due date and can receive up to 5 years in jail. After so many pie-throwing left-leaning people, the murders on Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh and the flow on deaththreads on public persons the last 5 years the rules are much stricter then they used to be and these foolish boys won't get away with this easily!
It is kind of funny - reading British articles about monarchy throughout most of the 1980s & part of the 1990s, it was always, as you say Marengo, about how superior the British RF is compared the "Bicycle-loving" royal families on the continent! The reporters were always looking down their noses at the other royal families - they were too common. I have to confess that as much as I admire some members of the British RF, it certainly didn't bother me to see them (& their snooty advisors) eat a bit of "humble pie" after Diana died. I think Beatrix has the right mix - people feel a sense of admiration & respect for her, while at the same time I think they feel an affectionate connection to her. As a Canadian, I admire my Queen (Elizabeth of the UK), but I can't really say I feel a great degree of affection for her.

Of course my opinions on Beatrix are based on observations from afar. I could be way off ... do the Dutch people feel only respect for their Queen, or do they have a strong sense of affection for her as well?
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the english are pretty isolationistic and still convinced of their own supriority (I recently saw a programme on the BBC about Europe and two ladies could only exclaim 'we are superiour', which was rather hilarious for non-english people to see, it brought back memories of Margaret Thatcher).
Imagine how the Scots, Welsh and Cornish feel, we have to share an island with them and they look down on us too.
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It is kind of funny - reading British articles about monarchy throughout most of the 1980s & part of the 1990s, it was always, as you say Marengo, about how superior the British RF is compared the "Bicycle-loving" royal families on the continent! The reporters were always looking down their noses at the other royal families - they were too common. I have to confess that as much as I admire some members of the British RF, it certainly didn't bother me to see them (& their snooty advisors) eat a bit of "humble pie" after Diana died. I think Beatrix has the right mix - people feel a sense of admiration & respect for her, while at the same time I think they feel an affectionate connection to her. As a Canadian, I admire my Queen (Elizabeth of the UK), but I can't really say I feel a great degree of affection for her.

Of course my opinions on Beatrix are based on observations from afar. I could be way off ... do the Dutch people feel only respect for their Queen, or do they have a strong sense of affection for her as well?
Of course there will always be people who hink the queen is aloof and distant, they especially compare her to her mother, Queen Juliana, who iseemed to be the nicest woman in the country. But the last 10 years the mood is changing and people do feel affection for her (not everybody of course) and not only respect. But it was the queen herself who caused this change, she seems more relaxed in public, shows her emotions a bit more etc.

And of course the queen shared many emotional private moments with the dutch thee last years, as the burials of her husband, parents, the marriages of her sons, the birth of her grand children and the scandals about Margarita and Mabel (which did not reflect badly on the queen, on the contrary).

After the queen did her rap a few weeks ago the next day everybody, even people who I thought were staunch republicans was talking about how great it was that we have such a queen who shows that she is a part of the dutch society, just as we all are. And in the most left-leaning newspaper of the country, the most left-leaning columnist I know devoted his column to Beatrix and called it a declaration of love :).
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Imagine how the Scots, Welsh and Cornish feel, we have to share an island with them and they look down on us too.
I understand your problems with the english indeed. And why they (or some of them) feel superior is beyond me. I see english tourists every day here in Amsterdam and they are horrible, loud and vulgar (I 'caught' english pee-ing against the royal palace in the night four times already), which people living in the Spanish costa's or the canary islands can confirm. Of course I know that the more respectable english people do not make such a fuss and hence I do not notice them, but still the people I discribe are in majority here.
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I highly doubt if most Londoners knew who Queen Beatrix (or any other foreign royal for that matter) is, the english are pretty isolationistic and still convinced of their own supriority

Hmmm. I have to disagree here. We certainly don't believe we are still superior even though we'd like to be. The glory days of the Empire are now a distant memory and we're told by this government that it was a terrible thing and it should be forgotten and covered up. Britain, as a nation, is crumbling down and we're becoming an extra state of America which most people find extremely undesirable.

I admire Queen Beatrix alot because of the way she behaves. Our Queen can't be blamed for her personality. She's doing things the way her father did, whereas Queen Beatrix came to the throne at a later time when the world had changed alot - she knew when and how to adapt.

Also, Beatrix hasn't had the scandal and problem of a vindictive press to deal with. Elizabeth has.

When foreign royals come to Britain, the news usually let's people know who they are but the level of interest is quite low.
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Of course there will always be people who hink the queen is aloof and distant, they especially compare her to her mother, Queen Juliana, who iseemed to be the nicest woman in the country. But the last 10 years the mood is changing and people do feel affection for her (not everybody of course) and not only respect. But it was the queen herself who caused this change, she seems more relaxed in public, shows her emotions a bit more etc.

And of course the queen shared many emotional private moments with the dutch thee last years, as the burials of her husband, parents, the marriages of her sons, the birth of her grand children and the scandals about Margarita and Mabel (which did not reflect badly on the queen, on the contrary).
That's a good point Marengo - about the Queen herself being in large part responsible for the change in the way people view her. I imagine in the first few years of her reign, she must have been somewhat insecure about how she would handle things, how the public would accept her, etc. And being insecure, she probably appeared a bit more stiff to people and maybe did not let the public get a true sense of her personality. Over the years, as she gained confidence, I think she has relaxed more in public. And as you say, the Dutch have witnessed much grief in her life over the last few years and perhaps seen a more vulnerable side of their Queen, thereby making them feel a stronger sense of attachment to her.

To me she is at her prime - confident, more relaxed, well loved. That's why I can never understand all the questions about when she will abdicate. I mean, on a basic level, I can understand that people would like to see the younger & more glamourous W-A & Maxima take over. But, the Queen has all of this wisdom & experience that it has taken 25 years to accumulate. Why should all of that be discarded? As long as she is still enjoying her work (& by all appearances she seems to be), why quit. I really hope that she doesn't abdicate for at least another 10 years.
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Hmmm. I have to disagree here. We certainly don't believe we are still superior even though we'd like to be. The glory days of the Empire are now a distant memory and we're told by this government that it was a terrible thing and it should be forgotten and covered up. Britain, as a nation, is crumbling down and we're becoming an extra state of America which most people find extremely undesirable.

I admire Queen Beatrix alot because of the way she behaves. Our Queen can't be blamed for her personality. She's doing things the way her father did, whereas Queen Beatrix came to the throne at a later time when the world had changed alot - she knew when and how to adapt.

Also, Beatrix hasn't had the scandal and problem of a vindictive press to deal with. Elizabeth has.

When foreign royals come to Britain, the news usually let's people know who they are but the level of interest is quite low.
I have respect for the british monarch as well, she seems to do her job almost perfectly, never makes any mistakes, and that for so many years! That even the british tabloits cannot touch her that much says a lot about the esteem the british have for there queen.

The image I got during this programme was the traditional 'we are superior' theory the Tories are so fond of. But I believe you when you say that it is just something which a minority believes.

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The pee-ing happens at an hour when the shops are long closed & when darkness has fallen on the good city of Amsterdam. I recognised that the persons in question were english because they were there with a group of (loud) people, many english guy's celebrate their bachelorparties in Amsterdam, combining the pleasures of the red-light district with getting drunk (which is not something exclusively done by english, I must add). As you live in the center you must know the type, which is to be found at damrak, leidseplein, rembrandsplein and the red-light district.
I never understood why the city counsil doesn't take any action, especially about Damrak, which is the first thing people see and which looks so terribly ugly & is controlled by the Israeli mafia (so I am told), it could look so lovely!

Back to royalty: the wooden wall they will put around the palace for the next two years will prevent anybody from pee-ing against the walls of the palace which was so hated by poor Hortense.
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