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Old 02-05-2007, 09:03 AM
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I love how they look so happy to see each other. They look like true friends. It seem s a look of pure happiness to see each other, and that is so rare nowadays, that is is great to see it on these two wonderful women.

It must be hard in their position, where it is truly hard to make friends, and perhaps even harder to make friends who understand your job and position in life.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:38 AM
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Id loved to see Maxima at the airport. Are we going to see her throughout the visit?
Btw, this is such a nice picture of the two queens - picture
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:36 AM
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Another gallery from PPE:
05-02-2007
Peace Palace : Queen Elizabeth at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:24 PM
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Thank you everyone for the pictures, both Queens looked so happy to see each other.

More pictures:
Queen Beatrix greets Queen Elizabeth (it almost looks like Queen Elizabeth is running to Queen Beatrix)
Queen Beatrix and Queen Elizabeth greet each other as Prince Philip emerges from the plane
Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix walking together
Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix talking
Queen Elizabeth, Queen Beatrix and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth, Rosalyn Higgins (the British Judge of the International Court of Justice) and the Registrar Philippe Couvreur

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Beatrix and J. Cowie, preacher of the English Reformed Church

The director of the Amsterdam Historical Museum shows Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix a painting by Dutch painter Thomas de Keyser

Queen Elizabeth is welcomed by Rosalyn Higgins, the British Judge of the International Court of Justice

Queen Elizabeth signs the guestbook during her visit to the International Court of Justice

more pictures at getty.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:42 PM
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both queens look so good together! they will have a gala this night?
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:07 PM
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"Private visit with public elements"

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both queens look so good together! they will have a gala this night?
The Royal Netherlands Court described it as "a private visit with public elements". I believe Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh had lunch together with Queen Beatrix and her family at Huis ten Bosch (Queen Beatrix' private residence in The Hague). The Queen and the Duke will fly back to England in the early evening.

It was just a short visit from 'Madam, my dear Sister' to 'Madam, my dear Sister'.

According to the TV-news over here, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix are very dear to each other. Every year the Dutch Queen seems to stay for a weekend at Windsor, as a private guest of the Queen and the Duke.

The openly shown heartwarming cordiality between the two lady Sovereigns was remarkable.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:14 PM
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The Royal Netherlands Court described it as "a private visit with public elements". I believe Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh had lunch together with Queen Beatrix and her family at Huis ten Bosch (Queen Beatrix' private residence in The Hague). The Queen and the Duke will fly back to England in the early evening.

It was just a short visit from 'Madam, my dear Sister' to 'Madam, my dear Sister'.

According to the TV-news over here, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix are very dear to each other. Every year the Dutch Queen seems to stay for a weekend at Windsor, as a private guest of the Queen and the Duke.

The openly shown heartwarming cordiality between the two lady Sovereigns was remarkable.
Thank you for information Henry.
Their Majesties do seem to be very close. I've never seen either Ladies greeting other Royals so warmly (as in these pictures - 1,2)
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How wonderful. The pictures are very moving and for the Queen to call Beatrix her sister - just amazing. Is there any video of the two Queens greeting each other?
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Being familiar

Prince Willem-Alexander addresses Queen Elizabeth as 'Madam, my Aunt'.

Queen Elizabeth will have written on her will-wishes card for Prince Willem-Alexander 'Sir, my Cousin'

There is a fine line in that. When Princess Beatrix became Queen, she remained to say 'Madam, my Aunt' to Queen Elizabeth. After the first official encounter between the two Sovereigns (State Visit 1982), it became 'Madam, my Sister' between the both lady Sovereigns, despite the fact that both ladies know each other their life long.
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How sweet. I think it's beautiful. My two favourite Queens being so close. Now when is Queen Beatrix coming here?!
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They must get on very well, I don't think I can remember such a 'happy' greeting in a long time.
Thank you to everyone who posted pictures!
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Video

Here is one link, from the NOS (the Dutch equivalent of the BBC):

http://www.nos.nl/nosjournaal/artikelen/2007/2/5/050207_elizabeth.html

Click on the little camera in 'mediatheek' to open a video.
Possibly, depending on your settings, you have to click on 'open stream in player'.

A video from RTL Television (a commercial Dutch channel)

Click on this link RTLNieuws.nl - Video

And choose in Video's Maandag: 'Bliksembezoek Elizabeth II' (you will get a 15 seconds advertorial first). The report lasts 1.55 minutes and shows the arrival and a visit to the International Court of Justice. Strange thing: did the Queen not recognize her own former Chief Household who is now a Lord Justice in The Hague?
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Thankyou for that link Henri. It's a lovely video.
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I tell you what, I am having a truly rotten day. But seeing them happy like that just makes me smile!
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This visit certainly made my day as well
And I just saw a tiny little coverage of the visit on CNN. The only thing is, they said that 'Dutch Queen Beatrix and her husband hosted the visit', they do need to learn a little more of what they are talking about.

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i was really looking forward to the visit of her majesty to the netherlands! i think all the pictures we have seen prove not only that there is no rivalry between both ladies but that they are both good friends.

i loved to see the pictures of two powerful ladies together!

where was maxima? some people said she was at the airport, but i saw no pictures...

was it a one day visit? would have loved it if it was longer and elizabeth had the chance to meet the family members!
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was it a one day visit? would have loved it if it was longer and elizabeth had the chance to meet the family members!
It was said on the news that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had lunch at Huis ten Bosch, the Queen's private residence, with members of the Queen's family. Most likely the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were there as well.
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Oh to be a fly on the wall at Huis ten Bosch. It must have been a wonderful day for the two Queens.
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Old private visit

This snapshot of the British and Dutch royal couples was taken during a carriage ride into the Royal Domains around the mediaeval Castle Het Oude Loo (the Queen's weekend retreat, where Crown Prince Naruhito, Princess Masako and Princess Aiko enjoyed their vacation).

There was a grand banquet in Palace Het Loo, offered by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. The Queen had a surprise for her guests: an exact replica of a 17th century fireworks once ordered by Willem III of Nassau, Prince of Orange for his wife MaryII Stuart, Princess of York (later King Willem III and Queen Mary). The fireworks were complete with thousands of candles in the palace park, as you can see.

The Queen and the Duke were stunned by this great surprise in their honour. During the Banquet, the present Prince of Orange took in the footsteps of his great forebearer and was a gallant host to Her Majesty, seated next to her. As you can see, Queen Elizabeth still had the oldfashioned habit of blanqueting her face.
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I tell you what, I am having a truly rotten day. But seeing them happy like that just makes me smile!
Smile a little more on the warmest of welcomes,just look at TM and HRH,obviously very happy to see eachother again:

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