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Old 09-15-2009, 07:52 PM
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According to RTL boulevard the dress that princess Máxima wore was designed by Jan Tamineau, a youbg Dutch designer who also designed the mail bag jacket the princess wore in New York.

There was extra security this year, but not as drastic as in some previous years (f.e. in the 70-ties when there was the thread of the kidnappers from the Molukken).

ANother controversy: the contents of HM's speech was already leaked to the press by a labour parlamentarian, who is suspended for 1 month.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:23 AM
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Wow, for the first time I don't like anyone's dress - I don't think that color really suits Beatrix, Margriet's is just rather dull, and Maxima's and Laurentien's outfits just don't seem very remarkable. However, I love Maxima's headpiece (in contrast to Laurentien's, which is sort of scary-looking), and her hair really looks beautiful.

And I love these pictures - having a private conversation, girls? ;-)

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...10831372&pos=7
http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...10831310&pos=8
http://www.ppe-agency.com/preview.ph...%20The%20Hague

Seriously, though I do always wonder what royals talk about when they're out on the balcony.
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ANother controversy: the contents of HM's speech was already leaked to the press by a labour parlamentarian, who is suspended for 1 month.
People can't know the content of HM's speech??
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:17 AM
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People can't know the content of HM's speech??
The contents of the Speech are secret untill HM speaks but the Speech used to be given to both MP's and journalist under embargo,meaning not to publish or bring anything in it out in the open till the actual day,Prinsjesdag.

This labour critter leaked the whole thing to a political journalist as this year was the first time the journalists didn't get it in advance due to the previous years of leaking and having no respect for a simple discretion.

The MP is suspended but as he has no respect to Parliament and just fills his owns pockets by giving it all to Westerman,(the journalist I mentioned who is so over the top on himself he thinks "The Hague" is nowhere without him) I want him out of Parliament.And without any funds in his pocket for the next year and a half,just out pennyless.Socialists!Bah,what a conniving pocketfilling lot with a holyer than thou attitude.Fuerra!

They will have to respect that it is HM who is left to announce whatever the Governments concoctions are for the next year,which is an un-gratefull task on itself if you look at the nonsense in the contents,not some simple creepy no-good.

A special by Royalimages on TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima:

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...=15049&flush=1

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Old 09-16-2009, 01:24 AM
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Wow. The queen and princess maxima looked amazing! Wonderful!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:35 AM
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Speech from the Throne by HM.In english:

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Old 09-16-2009, 02:44 PM
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I love seeing the Royal Family arrive in the carriage! There is just something so regal, so fairytale-like about that gorgeous golden carriage. Thank you for the links to the photos!
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I have been away for a little bit, but did Princess Maxima cut her beautiful hair? I really didn't like her style this year. IMHO
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:12 PM
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I think it is just her hairstyle. I agree, I don't like her dress. It is not flattering on her body.
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A glittering occasion as Maxima and Willem mark Prince's day in The Hague - hellomagazine.com (16/09/2009).
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La Familia Real holandesa celebra el tradicional DÃ*a del PrÃ*ncipe en La Haya
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:53 AM
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From dutchnews.nl:

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Royals good value for money, says minister

Wednesday 16 September 2009
The Dutch royal family is more than good value for money, finance minister Wouter Bos said on Wednesday, in response to suggestions that queen Beatrix's budget should be cut as one of the government's planned cost savings.
On Tuesday, it emerged government spending on the royal family will be at least €40m this year, excluding the cost of security, state visits and maintaining the palaces. Of that Beatrix gets a 'salary' of €834,000 and almost €4.3m in expenses.
Read the entire article here.

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Aparently the royal family is the most popular thing where people want to cut costs, in general surveys. This is hardly surprising, though not very effective as we can only save a few million while there is a defecit of billions. Anyway, the Labour minister of finance felt like he needed to defend the monarchy, as you can read in the article above.
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The leader of the extreme right/fascist party, Geert Wilders, was the one who proposed in parlament who suggested in the 2nd chamber that the royals would have to cut back 20%. He was supported by the socialist party, the greens, Rita Verdonk and the party for the animals (sigh!). Femke Halsema, leader of the green party, also wants the RF to pay tax over their income and inhertitances (which is not unreasonable IMHO).
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AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN "party for the animals (sigh!)"!!!!!
Guess who is a member of it..

anyway, I thought it was a unclear whether the Royals pay incometax and now I read that they do not. It would be better PR, better anything if they had accepted to live a bit less extravagant. They sound like a well run company, if your profits are the same as last year you have an essential loss...

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The leader of the extreme right/fascist party, Geert Wilders, was the one who proposed in parlament who suggested in the 2nd chamber that the royals would have to cut back 20%. He was supported by the socialist party, the greens, Rita Verdonk and the party for the animals (sigh!). Femke Halsema, leader of the green party, also wants the RF to pay tax over their income and inhertitances (which is not unreasonable IMHO).
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:21 PM
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Maxima's dress wasn't to my taste at all, it also accentuated her hips, she usually looks so slim and trim, yet here she looked somewhat broad. Her makeup and hair were to perfection.
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What a splendid and colourful day in The Hague!
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:27 AM
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What a splendid and colourful day in The Hague!
Say that again Jack!...

Here's how our national embarrasment discussed some issues,but all were
put down/ignored by the PM:

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Dutch royals attacked by parliament

Why subsidize the royal hunt? Why pay for maintenance of the royal yacht? Isn't it right to cut the royal income? And shouldn't Prince Willem-Alexander abandon his plans for a holiday home in Mozambique? Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was bombarded with questions and suggestions on Wednesday and Thursday as parliament discussed the government's budget proposals for 2010.

Read the entire article here:

News Summary Royalblog.nl: Dutch royals attacked by parliament

Now the MP's will have to endure a %20 cut,out of solidariry....

Her Majesty returning home from Noordeinde Palace after "Prinsjesdag" events:
http://gpdhome.typepad.com/photos/pr...ag_2009_2.html
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Here is another picture gallery, from the Examiner, which shows the royal carriage in picture two:
Examiner Slideshows
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:29 AM
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AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN "party for the animals (sigh!)"!!!!!
Guess who is a member of it..
Oh dear.... well, at least it isnt Verdonk or the PVV (who deserve other terms than just a sigh ).

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Apparently the PM did not want to discuss cutting in the costs of the monarchy because it would not be 'fair', considering the new financial statute for the royal house was just implemented this year. He also stated that the salaries of the queen, prince of Orange and princess Máxima will rise with the same % as ALL the salaries of the state. So if they decide to freeze the salaries of all employees, the salaries of the royals will also be frozen.
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