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Old 11-08-2015, 12:58 PM
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The people on the balcony are out there before the Queen and the wreath layers come out.


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Yes and it is not unusual to see them conversing before the arrival of the Queen and those who are laying wreaths.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:08 PM
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what a great celebration that remembrance day is.

i am glad to see the dutch king and queen present this year. i wonder why exactly they got invited this year specifically? i wonder where they stayed: i guess the embassy is a good guess. are they guests to the ambassador when they travel around? i'd assume from a security perspective, staying there would be the easiest, but i can also see the benefit of staying in a hotel as people wouldn't know in which one they are staying. in any case it's great to see maxima looking recovered and superb.
They were invited as it has been 70 years since the British helped to liberate our country.

They do not need to stay anywhere, the trip London-Amsterdam takes an hour or so. But perhaps they are spending the weekend with Pss Mabel, who lives in London.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:17 PM
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The Queen with Philip, Willem-Alexander and Máxima.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:19 PM
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Thank you for posting all the wonderful photographs. Also a treat to have the regal Dutch sovereigns here. More countries that were liberated by the British should come or be invited, IMO, helps to underscore the history and our interdependence. Shame on the British politicians for behaving like "mean girls" a special treat to see the queen looking superb last night and having fun with her grandson
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What a beautiful day and the first time I enjoyed a live broadcast. I imagine how emotional it is this day especially for the Queen and Prince Philip with such vivid memories must they have from the Second World War.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:44 PM
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The Queen with Philip, Willem-Alexander and Máxima.
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Queen Elizabeth II looks so tiny in this photo!
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:57 PM
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Nice to see a picture of the King & Queen along with The Queen and Prince Philip. We usually don't see any photos of the royals meeting and talking before or after they process out to the Cenotaph.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:59 PM
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The liberation of the Netherlands took two years. It started in September 1944 but suddenly halted because of fierce German resistance. The biggest airborne operation ever (Operation Market Garden) failed, see the movie "A Bridge Too Far".

This caused that the Southern provinces of the Netherlands were liberated since September 1944 but the Northern provinces were still under Nazi occupation until May 1945 and did had an enormous toll: the Dutch Famine of 1944 did cost 22.000 deaths of hunger, mainly in the cities in the province of Holland, especially Amsterdam, as the food-producing countryside was out of reach because of the battlefield, the front, ripping the country in two.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:28 PM
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The Dutch Royals lived for a time in Canada during the war. The King made mentioned of it when he visited Ottawa.
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Kate looks sombre and dignified while Wills and Harry lay wreaths as Royals remember our war dead at poignant Cenotaph service* | Daily Mail Online
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Does anyone know the name of the first hymn sung at this mornings Service?
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:20 PM
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Lovely to see the Dutch royal family in attendance. Despite the solemn occasion, once I saw Maxima's hat, I couldn't help but ponder what it might have been like if Camilla had also been present on that balcony - surely no room for Kate & Sophie.


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It was interesting to see a little of interaction between Maxima and the british royal ladies, especially with Kate...
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:39 PM
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King Olaf was also the Queen's cousin.His mother was the sister of George V.
King Olav was the cousin of the queen's father, king George VI, so the relationship to queen Elisabeth was first cousin once removed if I'm not mistaken.
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Does anyone know the name of the first hymn sung at this mornings Service?
Wasn't it O God, Our Help In Ages Past ?

I could see that both King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were known with the hymn. Both joined the congregation in singing. The King did his secondary education at the Atlantic College in Glamorgan, Wales. The Queen did attend the British Northlands College in Buenos Aires. Both with traditional British education and this will have included the singing of hymns...
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Yes I noticed both the king and queen singing along,not too often we see them singing hymns,thanks for your help.
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Lovely to see the Dutch royal family in attendance. Despite the solemn occasion, once I saw Maxima's hat, I couldn't help but ponder what it might have been like if Camilla had also been present on that balcony - surely no room for Kate & Sophie.


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Haha, that thought crossed my mind as well. Sophie and Kate would have had to sit on chairs so their heads would end up under the brims.

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It was interesting to see a little of interaction between Maxima and the british royal ladies, especially with Kate...
I agree! Very sweet moments :) Looked like they had a nice time!
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Old 11-08-2015, 05:20 PM
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You forget that King Olav laid no wreath but was "just" a spectator. King Willem-Alexander actively laid a wreath and unless he has magical powers, this required him to stand at the Cenotaph down below...



Queen Elizabeth II and King Willem-Alexander arrived and left together as a pair. Only before the Cenotaph, the Queen stood one step before King Willem-Alexander, which is understandable as she leads the Nation and the Commonwealth in the remembrance, not the high guest from the Netherlands.


Forget? I didn´t forget anything. WA could have acted as a spectator, too and lay a wreath at another, less prominent occasion.
Just like the Netherlands Norway also had a lot of reason to be thankful towards Britain. I´m not saying there is anything wrong with WA laying a wreath being the only male attendant not wearing a uniform (even the Prcss Royal does...), I was just wondering why things are dealt so differently comparing 25 years ago.

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Lovely to see the Dutch royal family in attendance. Despite the solemn occasion, once I saw Maxima's hat, I couldn't help but ponder what it might have been like if Camilla had also been present on that balcony - surely no room for Kate & Sophie.


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Well, I remember pics from the 1980s with the King of Norway in attendance together with Diana, the Queen Mother and Princess Alice (of Gloucester) on the balcony! And Kate and Sophie aren´t that big really... Enough room for the dutch Queen, Camilla, the Dss of Cambridge and Css of Wessex on this rather broad balcony.
And the neighbouring balcony had been occupied as well (can´t remember really, but I think by Princess Alexandra, the Dss of Kent, Pcss Michael and/ or Pcss Margaret). Male members not attending the wreath-laying, like the Duke of Gloucester or Pr. Michael, stood a little bit behind the ladies so there was enough room!
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Well, I remember pics from the 1980s with the King of Norway in attendance together with Diana, the Queen Mother and Princess Alice (of Gloucester) on the balcony! And Kate and Sophie aren´t that big really... Enough room for the dutch Queen, Camilla, the Dss of Cambridge and Css of Wessex on this rather broad balcony.
And the neighbouring balcony had been occupied as well (can´t remember really, but I think by Princess Alexandra, the Dss of Kent, Pcss Michael and/ or Pcss Margaret). Male members not attending the wreath-laying, like the Duke of Gloucester or Pr. Michael, stood a little bit behind the ladies so there was enough room!
I think the joke was that big hat Max and big hat Camilla would take up all the hat space.
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what a great celebration that remembrance day is.



i am glad to see the dutch king and queen present this year. i wonder why exactly they got invited this year specifically? i wonder where they stayed: i guess the embassy is a good guess. are they guests to the ambassador when they travel around? i'd assume from a security perspective, staying there would be the easiest, but i can also see the benefit of staying in a hotel as people wouldn't know in which one they are staying. in any case it's great to see maxima looking recovered and superb.

Perhaps the King and Queen stayed with their sister-in-law, Princess Mabel, the widow of the King's late brother, Prince Friso.
She and her daughters live in London.
Maybe they have taken their three daughters with them because it would be a nice opportunity to see their nieces.


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