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Old 05-28-2017, 03:26 AM
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According to, the new tableware of the King is a special edition of the series called Blossom Panache and this is a series produced by the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles in Delft, one of the oldest still existing companies of the country (established 1653).

A bit of a guestlist will soon count 100 people, with sometimes more than 300 even. The Marshal of the Court has informed the King: the current 40-years old china is no longer sufficient. Like in every household, plates will break, some will have scratches or chips and therefore no longer be suitable for a representative diner. That 40-years old china will remain in use for smaller diners, by the way.

Every couvert in the new set has 9 parts:
- an under-plate
- seven plates in progressing size
- a mokka and tea-cup with plate


The remarkable thing: there are no bowls, terrines, serving plateaus. This is because the Dutch Court uses the mťthode ŗ la Russe: lackeys will serve out from silverware unto the plate. By the way: the lackeys will only pass one time, there is no secound round, so the hungry guests better asks extra when the lackey comes along to serve out.

What is also missing: a plate for the bread. At the Dutch Court it is the use to lay a bread at the side of the plate.

The design was been made by a master at the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. Who that man or woman is, has not been published. The couverts are made in traditional Delfts Blue, but in a contemporary design. A golden crowned intertwined W and M refers to the royal couple. All parts are lined with gold. The main theme of the plate is the kingfisher, which refers to William of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1533-1584) whose motto was Saevis tranquillus in undis (Calm amidst the raging waves). This to the then widespread legend that Kingfishers made their nests above raging rivers, undisturbed by all that force of nature under them. (The reality is that Kingfishers build their nests in steep banks of streams and rivers). The colours of the Kingfisher are orange-blanc-bleu, referring to the colours of the principautť d'Orange.


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The King ahs appointed a new Chamberlain for the province of Overijssel: Coby Zandbergen. It is the first time that a woman holds this position.

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There is a new chamberlain for the province of Gelderland: Prof. Dr. DaniŽl Wigboldus, chariman of the executive board of the Radboud University. He is succeeding Jhr. Roelof Jozef de Wijkerslooth de Weerdesteyn.

The new chamberlain was appointed by the king on January 1st but it has only been announced now.

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