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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.

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/nieuws...-van-koningin/
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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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Old 08-28-2014, 04:04 PM
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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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Old 11-17-2014, 11:41 AM
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I don't think this was posted yet: the farewell reception of Martine van Loon-Labouchere:



Among the people present: the king, queen, princess Beatrix, princess Margriet, Pieter van Vollenhoven, Prince Maurits (on bike), Princess Margarita & husband, Real estate investor Cor van Zadelhoff, architect Cees Dam - who seems to be a regular companion of Mrs. van Loon, former Euro commissioner Neelie Kroes, lawyer Oscar Hammerstein, Hans van Manen, former director of the national ballet etc.

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Princess Beatrix has a Personal Assistant for the first time, Mrs. L.H. (Titia) Haverkamp Begemann.

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Martine van Loon-Labouchere must have been one of the longest serving Mistresses of the Robes,(1984 -2014).
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She is the longest serving one indeed. As far as I can tell the following grand mistresses have worked at the court:

Queen Anna Pavlovna:
184?-1847 Sophia Wilhelmina Petronella countess van Wassenaer vanObdam, nee baroness van Heeckeren van Kell
1847 1863 Justina Maria Wilhelmina baroness van Nagell van Ampsen, nee baroness Rengers

Queen Sophie:
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1858-1877 Alida baroness van der Oudermeulen, nee baroness van Wickevoort Crommelin

Queen Emma:
1878-1894 Leopoldine Maria baroness van Hogendorp, nee countess van Limburg Stirum
1894-1898 Gertrude Elise Julie baroness van Hardenbroek van 's Heeraartsberg en Bergambacht, nee countess van Limburg Stirum
1898 (?)-1905 Wilhelmina Elisabeth Christina countess van Lynden van Sandenburg, nee barones van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout ;
1906 - 1925 Paulina Theodora de Beaufort nee baroness van Dedem ;
1926 -1934 Elisabeth Gerhardina baroness van Ittersum

Queens Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Maxima:
1898-1912 Gertrude Elise Julie baroness van Hardenbroek van 's Heeraartberg en Bergambacht, nee countess van Limburg Stirum
Interim: Agneta Hendrika Groeninx van Zoelen, nee Jkvr. van de Poll
1912-1923 Cato baroness van Lynden, nee Jkvr. van Weede ;
1924-1939 Gerarda Cornelie (Nellie) countess van Lynden van Sandenburg, nee Bss van Nagell, Lady of de Beide Ampsen
1939-1954 Cornelie Marie barones van Tuyll van Serooskerken- nee Jkvr. Boreel.
1954-1957 (interim) Adolphine Agneta baroness van Heeckeren van Molecaten, nee Jkvr. Groeninx van Zoelen ;
1957-1970 M.L.J.D. van Wickevoort Crommelin, nee Jkvr. Teixeira de Mattos ;
1970-1980 Elizabeth baroness Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh-Meyier ;
1980-1984 Catherine Bischoff van Heemskerck-Telders ;
1984-2014 Martine van Loon-Labouchere
2014 - present M.L. (Bibi) baroness van Zuylen van Nijevelt, nee Jkvr. den Beer van Portugael ;
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Was Martine Labouchere a Dutch noble?
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The late Freddy Heineken was a friend of Q. Beatrix. His daughter still attends some royal functions I believe (the wedding of WA & Maxima?).

She gave a rather interesting interview to a British magazine. Her first interview ever.

Heineken's Charlene de Carvalho: A self-made heiress - Fortune
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Was Martine Labouchere a Dutch noble?
Martine Louise Amélie van Loon née Labouchere formerly Delprat belongs to the Patriciate (families with generations of high standing). The family Labouchere owned the Bank Labouchere (a private equity bank, now merged into a larger banking concern).

Her first husband was Daniël Apolonius Delprat, a shipping magnate and member of the First Chamber (Senate). The family Delprat belongs to the Patriciate.

After the death of her first husband, the former Grandmastress married with Jonkheer Maurits Nanning van Loon. The family Van Loon belongs to the Nobility.

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By Royal Order of November 5th 2014 His Majesty The King has bestowed the Grand Honorary Cross in the House Order of Orange upon Her Excellency Mrs Martine Louise Amélie van Loon-Labouchere LL.M., douairière Jonkheer Professor Maurits Nanning van Loon.

The Grand Honorary Cross was bestowed by promotion for the occassion of her departure from the position of Grandmastress of the House of His Majesty The King per September 1st 2014. The decorations were personally awarded by The King on Thursday November 13th 2014.

Afterwards in the Royal Palace Amsterdam, a reception was organized in honour of Mrs Van Loon-Labouchere. Not only His Majesty The King and Her Majesty Queen Máxima did attend the reception: also Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme, Mr Tjalling ten Cate (spouse of Princess Margarita) and His Highness Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven gave act of presence.
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The Grand Master of the king, Marco Hennis, has been appointed as Dutch ambassador to Vienna. On July 1st he will be replaced by the new grand master, Jan Versteeg. Versteeg has been the Dutch ambassador in Athens since 2012.

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Interesting that they often recruit grootofficieren at the Court from the Corps Diplomatique. It is Always good for your CV when you can mention the Dienst Koninklijk Huis as your employer.
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According to royal blog, Beatrix introduced a circulation system for courtiers with Foreign affairs and other departments, to prevent the court from being stuck with the same people for decades.
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