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Staying at the Dam Palace during the visit is part of the protocol. The unusual part is that the official visit doesn't begin until Monday and the Argentinian presidential couple, who arrived early on Saturday, was expected to stay at a local hotel over the weekend. Macri himself apparently was not informed of the King's invitation to have him as a private guest at Villa Eikenhorst until the last minute. Again, I wonder if the KIng consulted the Dutch government first
Thanks,The Dam Palace would be very noisy place to stay but its about as central as you can get in Amsterdam!
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:30 AM
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The article by GPD press services read that the president was welcomed, on behalf of the King, by Mr Alle Dorhout LL.M., Master of the Ceremonies.

There were rumours in Argentinean media that the President and his partner stayed at the private villa of the King but in The Hague this is denied. As usual, transportation, security, communication, logistics and other facilities are provided by the Royal House Services and/or the Government.

Tomorrow King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will meet the Argentinean guest during the official welcome ceremony at Dam Square in Amsterdam.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:45 AM
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The Royal Palace Amsterdam has 12 guest suites (usually with a salon, an antichambre, a bedchamber and a bathroom). Besides this on the highest floor there are some 40 guestrooms. A few years ago the palace has undergone an extensive restoration. The quality of the guest suites is now on par with the best hotels in the city.

This is a salon of such a guest suite: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SCMs_ocfSfg/maxresdefault.jpg

This is the bedchamber near this salon in the same guest suite:
http://www.interieur-inrichting.nl/w...op-de-Dam1.jpg

This is a salon of another guest suite, in another colour:
https://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/.../121022940.jpg

This guest suite has an own meeting/diner chamber:
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...f9f2f7ce23.jpg

With other words: guests at the Royal Palace Amsterdam have the best luxury one can wish for.

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this president visiting this wonderful country was implicated with corruption and the last dictators of argentina. Now he's in a ind of negationism of all this horrible crimes. But royalty is receiving him in the palace.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:57 PM
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this president visiting this wonderful country was implicated with corruption and the last dictators of argentina. Now he's in a ind of negationism of all this horrible crimes. But royalty is receiving him in the palace.
Sr Macri is the democratically elected head of state of Argentina. That is more than we can say about his Dutch host, for an example. Queen Beatrix has made a State Visit to the previous two presidents (Sr and Sra Kirchner) from another political party, equally embroiled in accusations of corruptism, nepotism and fraud.

When France elects M Fillon or Mme Le Pen, both have a record with dicutable actions, nevertheless the red carpet will be rolled out anyway. That is life. If Argentineans are fed up with Sr Macri, they should vote him away.
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"President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada are already arrive at the Royal Palace Dam to begin their state visit to Holland after spending the private weekend invited by King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima. Under the Dutch spring, it was expected that the Argentine head of state and the first lady would arrive at the Royal Palace by bicycle, the most popular means of transport in the country that welcomed them. The temperature and concern for security after the bombing in London forced a change of program in Dam Square, the square in front of which is the imposing palace that houses the heads of state visiting the Netherlands."

http://images.clarin.com/2017/03/26/...2e_930x525.jpg
http://images.clarin.com/2017/03/26/ByAcZdH2e_720x0.jpg

Mauricio Macri cambió su protocolo para llegar a un palacio en Amsterdam

https://translate.googleusercontent....GyBv1S-1SEKK6g
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"President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada are already arrive at the Royal Palace Dam to begin their state visit to Holland after spending the private weekend invited by King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima. Under the Dutch spring, it was expected that the Argentine head of state and the first lady would arrive at the Royal Palace by bicycle, the most popular means of transport in the country that welcomed them. The temperature and concern for security after the bombing in London forced a change of program in Dam Square, the square in front of which is the imposing palace that houses the heads of state visiting the Netherlands."

http://images.clarin.com/2017/03/26/...2e_930x525.jpg
http://images.clarin.com/2017/03/26/ByAcZdH2e_720x0.jpg

Mauricio Macri cambió su protocolo para llegar a un palacio en Amsterdam

https://translate.googleusercontent....GyBv1S-1SEKK6g
I have never ever read such nonsense. The President and his spouse were expected to arrive by bicycle? The fantasy in Argentinean media has no limits!

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Old 03-27-2017, 05:13 AM
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I have never ever read such nonsense. The President and his spouse were expected to arrive by bicycle? The fantasy in Argentinean media has no limits!

Indeed,it's all bullocks by Argentinian trash press.

Anyway,we're awaiting the first pics by the usual suspects at the Dam Square!!

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First pictures of Welcome Ceremony

http://www.belgaimage.be/#/gallery/5752264

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C76QcODX0AM8Ovi.jpg
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What a sunny day at Dam Square and how nice that the parade commander is a female officer.
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Here are more pics of day 1:



** rd.nl gallery ** ppe gallery **


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery **


** dpp gallery: State visit from Argentina day 1 **


** gettyimages gallery ** anp gallery 1 ** anp gallery 2 **


** dailymail: Spring chic! Queen Maxima looks elegant in a floral skirt as she joins her husband to welcome..**



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Old 03-27-2017, 06:54 AM
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Wonderful images of a sunny Dam Square. It seems that at one side there were demonstrators yelling against President Macri and at the other side of the place there were others yelling pro President Macri, both sides trying to over-voice each other.

In the meantime nor the presidential couple neither the King and Queen showed any reaction to the protests but concentrated on the ceremonial.
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Are the welcoming Ceremonies normally held in Dam Square?
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Are the welcoming Ceremonies normally held in Dam Square?
Under King Willem-Alexander: yes. Under Queen Beatrix it was for a long period at the back cour of Noordeinde Palace because the palace in Amsterdam was in restoration.

Dam Square (King of the Belgians)

Noordeinde Palace (President Italy)
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Under King Willem-Alexander: yes. Under Queen Beatrix it was for a long period at the back cour of Noordeinde Palace because the palace in Amsterdam was in restoration.

Dam Square (King of the Belgians)

Noordeinde Palace (President Italy)
Thank you,yes I'm still in Queen Beatrix mode when it comes to State visit
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According the newspaper De Volkskrant the President and his partner were guests of the royal couple at Het Loo Castle, the mediaeval hunting lodge of the royal family: picture. So they did not stay at the private villa of the King, as Argentinean media reported.

The newspaper De Volkskrant also claims that the Macri and Zorreguieta families know each other well, both frequent in the same Buenos Aires circles of "us knows us". Besides that, both families have a holiday lodge in Villa La Angostura and know each other from holidays as well.
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Thanks for the photos!
Mrs Awada was chic. Queen Maxima's ensemble was disappointing. A wide-brimmed hat would have been a much better choice.
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According the newspaper De Volkskrant the President and his partner were guests of the royal couple at Het Loo Castle, the mediaeval hunting lodge of the royal family: picture. So they did not stay at the private villa of the King, as Argentinean media reported.

The newspaper De Volkskrant also claims that the Macri and Zorreguieta families know each other well, both frequent in the same Buenos Aires circles of "us knows us". Besides that, both families have a holiday lodge in Villa La Angostura and know each other from holidays as well.
That is interesting. Het Loo Castle is not currently available to the Dutch royal family as a residence and I am not even sure it is habitable. The King could not invite Macri and his wife to stay there without consulting the Dutch government.

The Argentinian press (the normally reliable Clarín, which does not qualify as "trash press") still maintains that the president stayed at Villa Eikenhorst over the weekend and moved to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam on Sunday.

Either way, it is highly irregular that the Macris were private guests of the King and Queen before the official state visit began. Their private friendship notwithstanding, that shows to me: (1) how much Willem-Alexander is influenced by Máxima, and (2) how Máxima still likes to meddle into the internal affairs of her home country, whose citizenship she never renounced (she claims it is legally impossible to do so).
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Thanks for all the photos.
I cannot but help to compare the difference in interaction between Juliana Awada and Queen Máxima and Juliana Awada sns Queen Letizia. I was delightfully surprised by how well Juliana and Queen Letizia got along and how affectionate they were. I thought for sure that there would be even MORE of that given that it is Queen Máxima's home country and she reportedly knows the couple well. However it appears to be the opposite.
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Either way, it is highly irregular that the Macris were private guests of the King and Queen before the official state visit began. Their private friendship notwithstanding, that shows to me: (1) how much Willem-Alexander is influenced by Máxima, and (2) how Máxima still likes to meddle into the internal affairs of her home country, whose citizenship she never renounced (she claims it is legally impossible to do so).
For guests coming from far away countries, it is not very rare that they arrive before the actual start of the visit to get over their jetlag. Foreign royal visitors stay with the King and Queen very often when they visit the Netherlands. They often stay at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, although both Villa Eikenhorst and the new palace for the King and Queen (Huis ten Bosch) have a guest wing.

In fact: it really is legally impossible to renounce your Argentinan citizenship. So Her Majesty is very right on that. In fact, her daughters can choose to get an Argentinan citizenship too when they reach the age of 18. There are more countries in the world where it is impossible to renounce your citizenship.
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