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