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Old 03-20-2014, 11:38 AM
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Five ladies-in-waiting have left the court and received a honorary cross in the house order:

- Ietje van Karnebeek - van Lede
- Miente Boellaard - Stheemann
- Elisabeth baroness van Wassenaer - Mersmans
- Reina jonkvrouwe de Blocq van Scheltinga (formerly Teixeira de Mattos)
- Julie Jeekel - Thate

No surprises here except perhaps that Lieke van Gaarlandt - van Voorst van Beesd stayed on and that Bss Elizabeth van Wassenaer left after a relatively short period of 10 years.

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Old 08-28-2014, 11:31 AM
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It has pleased His Majesty The King to appoint as Grootmeesteres: the high- and wellborn lady Maria Louise Alexandra ('Bibi') Baroness van Zuylen van Nijevelt née Jonkvrouw den Beer Poortugael.

In 2011 the new Grootmeesteres entered into the Civil Household as Hofdame of Queen Beatrix and remained in service after the abdication. The Grootmeesteres is the highest female functionary of the Civil Household and "leads" the Hofdames. The Baroness has a background as financial analyst by two banks. She is also member of the Boards of the Museum "Sculptures At Sea" in The Hague and of Go4Children, aimed to encourage research of new medication to fight childrens' cancer. Her spouse, Philip Hugo Baron van Zuylen van Nijevelt is one of the two CEO's in the family's estate Duinrell near Wassenaar (region The Hague). Part of the family estate has been transformed into a large and succesful (water)fun theme park with bungalows to render income.

The new Grootmeesteres will replace Martine Louise Amelie van Loon née Labouchère whom held that high and honourful position for more than 30 years (from 1983 on).

Picture: Baroness Van Zuylen van Nijevelt walks behind (then) Queen Beatrix http://www.ppe-agency.com/500px/Aug2012/PPE12082415.jpg

Picture: Mrs Van Loon, the outgoing Grootmeesteres http://www.ppe-agency.com/500px/Apr2008/08041134.jpg
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:17 PM
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Not very surprising that Martine van Loon stops, but I will mis her presence. She is very dignified but also a rather funny lady. It is also not surprising that the new grand mastress will be Bibi van Zuylen. She serves the longest of the new ladies-in-waiting and she has the most impressive background.

I wonder if the queen will get a new lady-in-waiting now Baroness van Zuylen (who is half Italian btw) is 'promoted'.
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I love it that the Dutch King still involves persons from old families into the Household. The families Van Karnebeek, Van Voorst van Beesd, Van Munster van Heuven, Van Zuylen van Nijevelt (Hofdames) but also Röell, Schimmelpennick van der Oye, De Graeff, Van Lanschot, Ten Cate, Wegener Sleeswijk, De Wijkerslooth de Weerdesteyn, Houben, Von der Feltz, Van Tuyll van Serooskerken (Kamerheren) all come from families with histories of service to the Royal House.
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