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Old 02-10-2011, 06:41 AM
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Prof. Pieter was a guest in the talk show 'Pauw & Witteman' last night, the main topic being his leaving the council for national safety. Ity is nice to see how Pieter has become more respected lately.

In a special television documentairy this weekend (also about him retiring) there was an interview with his wife too. Princess Margriet told the story that she recently visited a school, and when she left she overheard some school children saying: who is she? 'the wife of Van Vollenhoven'.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:42 PM
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Prof. Pieter was a guest in the talk show 'Pauw & Witteman' last night, the main topic being his leaving the council for national safety. Ity is nice to see how Pieter has become more respected lately.

In a special television documentairy this weekend (also about him retiring) there was an interview with his wife too. Princess Margriet told the story that she recently visited a school, and when she left she overheard some school children saying: who is she? 'the wife of Van Vollenhoven'.
I posted that documentary on Uitzendinggemist.nl somewhere here,but can't find it now.Was a great documentary on a great man indeed!He is highly respected,loved even and thrusted above all.Some achievement I must say,I still see him sitting that afternoon at Soestdijk Palace when his late mother-in-law announced the engagement of her daughter to him,45 years ago.Oh my...
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Was Pieter disliked when he and Margriet first married? Or simply not considered a suitable candidate?
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:47 PM
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He was not noble (albeit a patrician), which was a problem for some, esp at court (prince Bernhard and princess Beatrix even objected, or so many authors claim), but in general he might have been considered a bit goofy. Upon his 70th birthday Pieter said that even his own mother didn't like the idea of her son marrying a princess.

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I am just watching the programme 'De raad van Pieter'

link: http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=12150203

Funny to see princess Margriet using the Nespresso machine. She says she is proud of what her husband achieved and she adds that not many people realize that Pieter did it all by himself (speeches etc). She says that it is impossible to do that in a normal workweek, and he spent a lot more time than that on the council.

Euro commissioner Neelie Kroes (former minister of traffic): he was in a hurry, he had a vision about it etc. It was to quick! We used to collide as he was steps ahead of what was going on at the ministery. Also former minister Hanja Maij-Weggen is interviewed as is former minister Johan Remkes.

In the end the interviewer asks if he will do more in the household now he is retiring. He replies that there shouldn't be two captains on a ship and that his wife wants him to everything in the household her way...and then he tries to make a Nespresso, which goes wrong.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:23 AM
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He was not noble (albeit a patrician), which was a problem for some, esp at court (prince Bernhard and princess Beatrix even objected, or so many authors claim), but in general he might have been considered a bit goofy. Upon his 70th birthday Pieter said that even his own mother didn't like the idea of her son marrying a princess.

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I am just watching the programme 'De raad van Pieter'

link: Player omroep.nl

Funny to see princess Margriet using the Nespresso machine. She says she is proud of what her husband achieved and she adds that not many people realize that Pieter did it all by himself (speeches etc). She says that it is impossible to do that in a normal workweek, and he spent a lot more time than that on the council.

Euro commissioner Neelie Kroes (former minister of traffic): he was in a hurry, he had a vision about it etc. It was to quick! We used to collide as he was steps ahead of what was going on at the ministery. Also former minister Hanja Maij-Weggen is interviewed as is former minister Johan Remkes.

In the end the interviewer asks if he will do more in the household now he is retiring. He replies that there shouldn't be two captains on a ship and that his wife wants him to everything in the household her way...and then he tries to make a Nespresso, which goes wrong.
...and then he says;" how unfortunate you have to see this.."...

They really should call George for that....

But really,what strikes me over and over again is the deep love,and fun,between these two.Absolutely fantastic to watch,and a good documentary too.Pieter is all about multi-tasking,he knows a lot on a lot of matters,a priceless expert in many a field and I hope he will continue to use his many talents to the best of his ability for years to come.A jewel in the Crown!
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:10 AM
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We will get to see HRH Princess Margriet out and about again today as the Princess with the sunny smile will attend the start of The Netherlands World Stop Tuberculosis Day at CORPUS,Oegstgeest.

Always a pleasure to see this extraordinairy Lady.

Dutch Tuberculosis Foundation,link is in english:

KNCV Tuberculosefonds

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Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the celebration of the completion of the restoration of St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch. The restoration has a duration of 12 years.
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Princess Margriet attended the opening of the new financial advice center of the Rabobank in Apeldoorn. April 18, 2011

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Apparently a lady became unwell during the opening and needed medical attention:

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Prof.mr.Pieter van Vollenhoven handed out the Fighter Insigna's to 50 military of the Defence Helicopter Command who have been on mission in Afghanistan during the International Security and Assistance Force from 2004 till 2010.

Gilze-Rijen Airforce Base,april 27th.
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Here are some pics of the event:


Prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven attending the award ceremony of the combat
badges to 50 soldiers of the defence helicopter command in Gilze-Rijen.



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Princess Margriet, Pieter van Vollenhoven and the grandchildren Lucas and Felicia
attended the jubilee of the SOS Dolphin foundation in Harderwijk, May 7, 2011.


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Looks like fun - I love that they took their grandkids with them!
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Pieter van Vollenhoven received the first copy of the boek '''t Halvezolenlijntje by Harry Boeschoten, maager of Staatsbosbeheer Zuid. May 18, 2011

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On May 20, 2011, Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven handed out the National Aviation Prize in Noordwijk.


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Princess Margriet,Honorary-Chair of the Dutch Red Cross and Member of the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Foundation,attends a Red Cross conference of the Tiffany's Circle Womans Leadership Summit,Washington DC today and tomorrow.
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Princess Margriet attended the start of the institute of global justice at the Hall of Knights in The Hague. June 10, 2011

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This evening the Princess attended the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards at the Concertgebouw,Amsterdam.

The Awards for 27 Laureates from 12 European countries were handed out by the EU Commissioner for Culture,Mrs.Androulla Vassiliou and Maestro Plácido Domingo,
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In advance of the Award ceremony at the Concertgebouw,HRH Princess Margriet received all Laureates and members of Europa Nostra at the Royal Palace,Amsterdam
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Here are some pics of the 2011 European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam Princess Margriet
attended on June 10.


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Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven with mayor Roland van Schelven and members of the Nie Swart
Nie Wit Nie theater group of the Lek and Linge school in Culemborg, June 17, 2011.


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In the first pic of the EHAC Awards she talks to her nephew Carlos, Duke of Parma.

This evening HRH Princess Margriet will open the Scientific World Therapy Congress at the RAI,Amsterdam.This years theme is Moving Fysical Therapy Forward.
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