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Old 11-29-2016, 05:43 PM
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The King had warm words for Princess Beatrix, expecially about her relationship with his beloved uncle King Baudouin.

"Your Royal Highness, you know how grateful we are to you, not only for your friendship with my uncle, King Baudouin, and with my father, but also for the support you have offered to us in the years gone." (No idea what King Philippe meant with that).

And during the toast: "There is an already longer friendship between our families, also thanks to you, Princess Beatrix."

ANP Press: "Monday evening the Citizens' Hall in the Royal Palace eyed like a fairytale. The best and the biggest golden tablepieces were placed, beautiful purple orchids gave colour to the tables. As an insider admitted: "For good friends, you take everything out of the shelves" (meaning: exert oneself to the outmost).
The part us are confused by, I wpuldvthink he is referring to his own reign. Thanking Beatrix for her support to his uncle and his father during their longer reigns. But also to him and Mathilde during their own time on the throne, as short as it has been so far. Even if not queen still, he obviously finds some guidance in her.
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Old 11-30-2016, 02:37 AM
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I'm confused, why is he there? I can understand if it was a Dutch state visit to Belgium. But why would Vermeulen travel to the Netherlands for a state visit banquet?! Very unusual.
On invitation of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. As usual during State Visits, businessmen, entrepreneurs, CEO's, athletes, artists, politicians, etc. with links between the two countries were invited for the State Banquet (and eventually the second event). Edouard Vermeulen of course is important to both Queens, but he also has a store in Maastricht, Limbourg (South of the Netherlands): picture and picture. Edouard Vermeulen has now recently expanded furtherer in the Netherlands with a new store in Amsterdam: picture and picture.
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:03 AM
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Beautiful photos from Robin Utrecht

Check out my STAATSBANKET STAASBEZOEK BELGIE AAN NEDERLAND gallery http://bit.ly/2gC2bqg
Robin is the best!!Together with Patrick van Katwijk they are the best Royalty et tout photographers we have!

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Prince Constantijn was not that happy. Princess Laurentien great !
Absolutely don't like the queen of the Netherlands green evening dress again too much!
The green matched perfectly...and if she would wear a patatoe bag,she would still outshine all and everyone with ease and without especially being after that effect!She just radiates what others in simular positions lack,her abundant character.Love it.

@ Warttemberg:It did match really,the sash and the red in the dress,blended in perfectly!A pic is just that,a pic,but the reality was a stunning baffling appearance on all fronts by all present!

I thought sweet Filip to be a little absent minded at times,and lacking the enthousiasm and joy his Dutch counterpart showed throughout the visit.They are long time friends so it wasn't as if they"d met for the first time allthough Filip gave the impression he was holding back a bit.He certainly cleared up whenever he saw Princess Beatrix though,a long time family friend and confident as she is to many other RF's.But then the SC's are a special case and so is Belgium.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:15 AM
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Two extra ppe galleries and an article from yesterday:


** ppe gallery day 2 - 2 ** ppe gallery day 2 - 3 **


** Dressed to the Maxima! Dutch Queen wins the fashion face-off as she arrives for concert..**



And pics of the final day today, November 30:


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery **


** ppe gallery ** anp gallery ** gettyimages gallery **



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Old 11-30-2016, 05:40 AM
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The Queens must have been freezing.The temperature was around 0 degrees celcius.

Very nice that they were using the royal waiting chamber of the Amsterdam central station and the royal train.
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:26 AM
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Just out of curiosity, did King Philippe deliver all his speeches during the state visit in Dutch or did he switch between Dutch and French ? How did he do on that front ?
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:59 PM
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Great to see the royal pavillion on Amsterdam Central Station and the royal train used! I hope this will become more regular during State Visits.

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Just out of curiosity, did King Philippe deliver all his speeches during the state visit in Dutch or did he switch between Dutch and French ? How did he do on that front ?
According to monarchie.be the King held three speeches:
- at the State Banquet in the Royal Palace
- at the Government Lunch in the Hall of Knights
- at the return event in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
All three speeches were in Dutch.

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I think the King and Queen of the Belgians will have been surprised by the warmth, enthusiasm and interest with which they were received. I think they will have returned to Belgium with a positive feel.
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Why did King Philippe thanks for the many supports? Which ones ??
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:09 PM
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No idea. As young children Charlotte, Baudouin and Albert did enjoy summers in the Netherlands. But I have never heard about special friendships between the Belgian and Dutch royal family.
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Old 12-01-2016, 02:58 AM
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Here's an extra gallery of the visit to Eindhoven yesterday:


** ppe gallery **


And some more galleries of the first two days:


** pm: Mathilde retrouve Tintin chez Maxima **


** pm: Un dîner d’Etat entre voisines pour Maxima et Mathilde **


** pm: Mathilde et Maxima font bande à part **


** pm: Mathilde et Maxima, reines de beauté à Amsterdam **


Always click on "Plein Ecran" for larger versions of the pm pictures!
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Old 12-01-2016, 03:32 AM
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The King and Queen were welcomed by Baron and Baroness Samuel van Tuyll van Serooskeren née Jonkvrouw Edmée Röell at Heeze Castle: picture

This is Heeze Castle: picture

After a cosy tête-à-tête te royal couple ended their visit to the Netherlands: picture

I have seen pictures of the grand motor escorte of the Koninklijke Marechaussee driving up the alley to the castle with the royal limousines. It was an impressive sight. A detachement of the honorary escort of the Royal Netherlands Air Force was on the cour of the castle, while Marechaussees lined the red carpet. Pictures will follow.
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Old 12-01-2016, 06:38 AM
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Prince Constantijn was not that happy during the belgian State Visit.
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Old 12-01-2016, 06:41 AM
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Prince Constantijn was not that happy during the belgian State Visit.
Any reason why?
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I hope there is some other reason than "he wasn't grinning ear-to-ear" in some random pic..
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Old 12-01-2016, 07:21 AM
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I hope there is some other reason than "he wasn't grinning ear-to-ear" in some random pic..
Looks like it, this gallery with plenty pictures of HRH gives you a completely different impression:
20161129 Staatsbezoek Belgie, dag 2 - Images | Fotopersburo Edwin Janssen

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Old 12-01-2016, 10:01 AM
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Part of the mighty Citizens' Hall in the Royal Palace Amsterdam during the State Banquet: picture

A good view on a beautifully jewelled lady: picture

The Queen of the Belgians between King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mr Rutte: picture
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:51 AM
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Part of the mighty Citizens' Hall in the Royal Palace Amsterdam during the State Banquet: picture

A good view on a beautifully jewelled lady: picture

The Queen of the Belgians between King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mr Rutte: picture
Congratulations to both royal couples on a very successful and glamorous state visit !
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:32 AM
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Why did King Philippe thanks for the many supports? Which ones ??
Just a guess but I read that Queen Beatrix took Philippe under her wings a bit since King Albert wasn’t willing or able to act as a mentor for his son. Looks like he found it really important to express his gratitude in public without getting too explicit.
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