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Old 03-31-2006, 10:33 AM
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The Queen's hats look very interesting. Like art

The Galadresses of Máxima and Beatrix look both very nice. Máx seems very happy :)
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:34 AM
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Ceci - thank you for posting the photos your husband took! I always enjoy seeing candid photos of the royals. And thanks to all who have posted. I think Maxima looks great, especially in the pink coat dress and then later at the banquet. I think her hair is best when it up off her face!
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:39 AM
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Here is a Collection of Beneluxpress about the State Visit.
Don't know if it has been posted before

http://www.beneluxpress.nl/search.pp?specialid=111
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:12 AM
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The speech of the Queen:

Address by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands, 30 March 2006
on the occasion of the state visit to Argentina, 30 March – 1 April 2006

Buenos Aires, 30 March 2006
Mr President,
It gives me great pleasure to visit your country and to be your guest here this evening. I am delighted to be able to do this with my son, Prince Alexander, who already knows and much appreciates Argentina, and my daughter-in-law Princess Máxima, a child of your people and the best possible guide that we could wish to have on this trip.
It is a very special experience for any Dutch person to visit this country, which has twice as many inhabitants as ours but is around seventy times as big. Concepts like space and silence acquire a new meaning here. Some days ago I myself was able to enjoy for the first time the natural beauty of Santa Cruz, a province that is close to your heart. During this visit we will become acquainted with various aspects of your country, but I realise that no one can really get to know Argentina in one visit or even begin to imagine the vast expanse and immense variety of this country.
The Argentinians’ love of nature is well-known, but there is more to your country than nature alone. Argentina also has a rich culture. The writer Jorge Luis Borges, to mention just one name, belongs amongst the greatest in world literature. His work is also greatly admired in the Netherlands. Buenos Aires can pride itself on its important museums and collections with an international reputation. Your country is also known for its flourishing film industry. The fact that for three years in a row the Prince Claus Award – which bears my husband’s name – has been presented to Argentinian individuals and institutions shows how highly your cultural activities are regarded internationally.
The Netherlands and Argentina are separated by one of the world’s largest oceans. But the seas and oceans have for centuries been a challenge rather than an obstacle to Dutch seafarers. As early as fifteen ninety-nine one of our greatest voyagers, Olivier van Noort, arrived in Puerto Deseado, in Santa Cruz, the province so familiar to you. Other expeditions followed, and various stretches of water around your country were named after Dutch seafarers like Le Maire, and places after Dutch towns, such as Cabo de Hornos, after the town of Hoorn.
Several centuries later our bilateral relations became more intensive. King Willem the First sent a frigate, the Lynx, to South America. When this vessel sailed up the Rio de la Plata, twenty sailors jumped overboard because they wanted to stay in Argentina. Why they preferred this country, which they had never seen before is unfortunately, unknown. That is not true in the case of the captains from Groningen who plied the rivers of Argentina in the middle of the nineteenth century, transporting goods between ports. Nor is it true of the four thousand or so Dutch nationals who emigrated to Argentina at the end of that same century. They saw prospects for building a new and better life here. The Dutch agricultural colony in Tres Arroyos, which I hope to visit tomorrow, is one of the enduring results of that pioneering spirit.
In that period too Dutch enterprises saw the opportunities in Argentina. The port of Rotterdam began to play an important role as the gateway to Europe for renowned Argentinian products such as grain, meat and wine as trade gradually developed between our two countries. As an example of intensive cooperation between nations, the common market that now exists in Europe has been successfully emulated in your part of the world in Mercosur, the presidency of which your country now holds.
Mr President,
Your country has endured some very difficult years. The period of the military dictatorship with all its horrors and violations of human rights made a deep impression on our country at that time. Many in the Netherlands empathised profoundly with the brave men and women who opposed the dictatorship. Sympathy for those persecuted has continued undiminished in our country. Argentina still suffers from the legacy of those dark years. You have acknowledged this problem and courageously made it a public issue. Your Government is trying now to deliver justice to the victims, in the conviction that coming to terms with the past is a precondition for building a stable society.
After the difficult years of dictatorship, your country experienced a period of relative prosperity and stability. Unfortunately, Argentina was then hit by a serious economic recession, which led to a profound crisis with immense social consequences. Many saw their savings melt away; hundreds of thousands became the victim of a dramatic rise in unemployment. The Argentinian people made enormous efforts to surmount these most trying circumstances. Now there are prospects of recovery and room for optimism. As you yourself have emphasised, this process of economic recovery must continue if the troubling level of poverty is to be diminished. An interesting and positive development in this period of reconstruction is the solidarity movements consisting of women, peasants and the unemployed that are emerging all over the country.
Not only large enterprises, but also micro-entrepreneurs can play a major role in the context of a policy aimed at economic growth and social stability. The particular importance of microcredit for small and start-up businesses has recently been highlighted by my daughter-in-law Máxima in the framework of the United Nations Year of Microcredit.
Mr President,
Argentina and the Netherlands are many miles apart, have each lived through their own distinctive histories and are inhabited by people who differ in many ways. Yet, we work well together in a number of fields. There are for example frequent and valuable exchanges of lecturers and students between Argentinian and Dutch universities. And a surprising success achieved by close cooperation in an entirely different area is the creation of a fine new breed of cattle, which are now grazing the pampas under a name that inspires confidence – Holando-Argentina.
Our relationship is sometimes marked by friendly rivalry as well. The most striking example is football, an area in which our countries have met on several occasions. That will soon be the case again. I wish both teams every success in the coming tournament and would be delighted if they were to meet each other in the final.
Mr President,
Distances are there to be overcome. Our countries managed to do that long ago and since then the opportunities for coming together have become more and more numerous. Let us exploit those opportunities to the full by finding ever newer forms of cooperation.
May I invite all those present to raise their glasses and drink with me to your health, Mr President, to that of Mrs Kirchner, to the good relations between our two countries – reflected in the union of my son and daughter-in-law – and to a bright future for the Argentinian people.
© RVD

in Spanish: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=15634 and in Dutch: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=15632
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:13 AM
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Maxima looks great, she definately dressed to impress.

To Maxie: her necklace is already quite old, I have seen several pictures of Queen Wilhelmina wearing it. Queen Juliana replaced some diamonds of this necklace with sapphires at times, and Wilhelmina once had an extra row of (big) diamonds hanging under it.
I have never seen the Queen's necklace and pendant before, but it looks rather nice (though modest).

To Alexandria: with the pin I meant the pearl Maxima put in her white hat (attached to a pin), a 'hoedenspeld'. The Queen wears a pin in her hat in parliament as well, though it seems more golden.

BTW, the white hat with the black stripe was used before. Maxima wore it when she attended the wedding of Emily Bremers (former girlfriend of Prince Willem-Alexander to Jhr. Roderick van der Wijck.
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:19 AM
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:31 AM
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To Maxie: her necklace is already quite old, I have seen several pictures of Queen Wilhelmina wearing it. Queen Juliana replaced some diamonds of this necklace with sapphires at times, and Wilhelmina once had an extra row of (big) diamonds hanging under it.
I have never seen the Queen's necklace and pendant before, but it looks rather nice (though modest).
Yes, I read something about it, today. It most likely was a gift of the Dutch to Queen Wilhelmina for her 25 years of reigning jubilee in 1920.

I found the info here of course. Such a great link when it comes to Dutch jewelry!
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:33 AM
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Thanks for the pics, Adry! As far as I can see, Maxima looks great! Let's hope for some other pictures too. :)
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:40 AM
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Thanks for the pics, Adry! As far as I can see, Maxima looks great! Let's hope for some other pictures too. :)
Its a pleasure Maxie..Maxima is very nice and stylish
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It doesn't matter. My english is bad too.it's important that we understand eachother.
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:22 PM
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wow, what a beautyful clothes!
Maxima is very stylish
my english is bad too..
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:31 PM
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I love all the pictures from Beatrix and Maxima.
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Private lunch

I hope there is someone on this forum that can get the argenpresspictures in a bigger size. I mean the pictures where Máxima is leaving the hotel to have a private lunch with Alexander and Beatrix.
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands followed by Argentine-born Princess Maxima are welcomed by schoolchildren in the city of Tres Arroyos, where a large number Argentines of Dutch ancestry reside, 500 km (330 miles) southeast of Buenos Aires, March 31, 2006. Along with the visit of Queen Beatrix, a delegation of Dutch businessmen arrived in Argentina to boost economic ties between both countries.
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:29 PM
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I just love Maxima's hats!!
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Máxima has really looked her very best, very beautiful!! I love those big hats that she carries so well, they're so stylish. And her clothes (Natan) are gorgeous too, except that I'm really getting tired of those wide pants that Mathilde, Maxima and María Teresa wear all the time and that don't flatter any of them.
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I don't really care for today's hat, but I really like the other two soo far.

Does anyone have any more pictures of the gala. I really want to see what Máxima's dress looks like in its entirety. From what i've seen so she looks elegant and super classy.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:52 PM
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Maxima looked great again, loved the hat. The jacket reminded me of the one she wore during Prinsjesdag 2005. But I agree with Catherine, time for those pants to go, on all the ladies mentioned.

The Queens dress is not very nice, it seems to big, almost one of those flowery hospital pyjamas.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:53 PM
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From the benelux royals MB, originally posted by Oscar:

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In Buenos Aires is een gevoelige situatie ontstaan nadat was gebleken dat zowel president Kirchner als de Kamer van Ondernemers eenzelfde cadeau voor de koningin besteld hadden. Twee zilversmeden hebben onafhankelijk van elkaar vele uren werk gestoken in vrijwel identieke zilveren tulpen.


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Het programma Informe Central van het televisiekanaal América liet weten dat Kirchner, nadat hem deze blunder ter ore was gekomen, de uitwisseling van cadeaus had vervroegd naar de eerste ontmoeting met de koningin in het regeringshuis, om zijn cadeau als eerste aan te kunnen bieden.


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It seems that President Kirchner's official present a silver tullip is identical of a present the Chamber of Trade (sic) wanted to give the Dutch Queen. After hearing of this gaffe the President presented his present earlier than planned to have the scoop of it .

Seems the Queen will have a colletion of silver tullips last year she received a set from the Dutch Government on occasion of her silver Jubilee . Poor Quuen were to put all these tullips.
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