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08-03-2007 Peace Palace Princess Mabel attended the World Female Day at the Hague Academy near the Peace Palace in The Hague. - pictures on ppe- agency
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:36 PM
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First time ...

... that I have seen Princess Mabel look smashing.

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Maybe she should stay informal?
- with her hair down and loose, is better then when up and tight in a bun.

Wow!
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:15 PM
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H.R.H. Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in a sharp interview

Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau warns that the quality of the democracy is under pressure: "Sometimes it looks like the ratings and the sales are more important than the quality, that facts are subservient to gossip and amusement. Sometimes when I read the newspaper, I think: is the complete story provided?"

The Princess has an interview with De Volkskrant, a leading nationwide daily in the Netherlands. Reason is the Van Randwijk Lecture held by Princess Mabel, last year. She received much attention with that lecture.

Princess Mabel: "Much of the mass media is driven by circulation and viewing figures, and not by unrestrained critical analysis, truth-finding or simply the provision of quality. Creating an image supersedes content".

The Princess is director of the Open Society Institute. This a private foundation created by philanthropist George Soros to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

"The mass media plays an essential role in an open society for our orientation on the world and is of real importance for our image of reality," the Princess said. "If that image is deviated from - for political or commercial reasons - that has unavoidable consequences for democracy. Why do we accept that this media logic is more important than adequate information and qualitative truth-finding?"

Princess Mabel herself experienced the sharp pen of the media during the controversy sparked by her engagement and marriage in 2003-2004 to Prince Friso, the second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The couple did not seek for parliamentary approval for their marriage when media reports made it clear Mabel had been less than frank about a previous friendship in her student years with Klaas Bruinsma, a sort of Amsterdam mafia-boss. As the union between Prince Friso and Princess Mabel was without an Act of Consent, the Prince automatically lost his right to the throne.
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:14 PM
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... that I have seen Princess Mabel look smashing.

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Maybe she should stay informal?
- with her hair down and loose, is better then when up and tight in a bun.

Wow!
Mabel looks very sophisticated. I think she looks better with her hair down.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:13 AM
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I have seen the interview that Henri M is referring to and I must say that my opinion on Mabel hasn't changed that much.

She obviously is an intelligent woman, with many worthy causes to promote and an impressive resumee. But... in her 'attack' on the so-called populism in the Dutch press she fails to show any sense of self reflection. I wish she would have been a bit more humble instead of diplomatically blaming the press for all the upheaval (the press didn't lie to our souvereign-lady or to our prime-minister, she did).

And there is another disavdantage: that horrendous accent of hers which distracts you terribly from what she says. I think she could use a speech therapist as this is certainly not ABN (Common Civilized Dutch), but a self fabricated and affected accent that has the goal to seem posh.

Anyway, for those who want to see Mabel in the interview progamme NOVA, follow this link and click on 'bekijk item' (link originally provided by Sal on the Benelux Royals MB).
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:15 AM
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As posted by Eleonore on the Benelux Royals MB:


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A second criminal has come forward (although I admit that the internet-magazine in which he tells his story is not the most reliable source of information) to state that he too had several romantic nights with Mabel. Right until Klaas Bruinsma 'took her under his wing and she became his love-toy'. The former criminal (who wants to stay anounymus because he is just that..a criminal) also says Mabel and her friend Ottolien were golddiggers, going to Paris on many occasions and offering sex in exchange for pleasant evenings.
The guy also claims that he and Klaas were not the only criminals 'who had romantic experiences' with Mabel. I fear this is not the end of the story, the guy says there were many more men and some of them willing to come forward.
He also dares Mabel to confront the real truth about her past, but claims she will not be so brave.
Luckily the source (a criminal) doesn't sound to credible so maybe it is a hoax.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:53 AM
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As posted by Eleonore on the Benelux Royals MB:




Luckily the source (a criminal) doesn't sound to credible so maybe it is a hoax.
Zijonline (and the criminal) is indeed not a reliable source. If you google mabel and marmot () you will find another source with almost the same story. It is possible that this is the source of Zijonline
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Old 03-14-2007, 02:31 PM
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The free daily newspaper 'De Pers' questioned Leo van Rooijen, publisher of the celebrity site Zij-online Accodring to this Leo van Rooijen Mabel was in touch with at least 3 other mobsters. He claims that his source will come to The Netherlands soon to present a book about Mabel and other information regarding the Amsterdam underworld. He has a picture to show where Mabel is seen in the copmpany of Klaas Bruinsma, two other criminals and her friend Ottolien Lels.
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May I ask what the interview is about? I assume she is speaking Dutch and I don't understand the language.

Edit: I found a post that explained about the interview!

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I have seen the interview that Henri M is referring to and I must say that my opinion on Mabel hasn't changed that much.

She obviously is an intelligent woman, with many worthy causes to promote and an impressive resumee. But... in her 'attack' on the so-called populism in the Dutch press she fails to show any sense of self reflection. I wish she would have been a bit more humble instead of diplomatically blaming the press for all the upheaval (the press didn't lie to our souvereign-lady or to our prime-minister, she did).

And there is another disavdantage: that horrendous accent of hers which distracts you terribly from what she says. I think she could use a speech therapist as this is certainly not ABN (Common Civilized Dutch), but a self fabricated and affected accent that has the goal to seem posh.

Anyway, for those who want to see Mabel in the interview progamme NOVA, follow this link and click on 'bekijk item' (link originally provided by Sal on the Benelux Royals MB).
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I have seen the interview that Henri M is referring to and I must say that my opinion on Mabel hasn't changed that much.

She obviously is an intelligent woman, with many worthy causes to promote and an impressive resumee. But... in her 'attack' on the so-called populism in the Dutch press she fails to show any sense of self reflection. I wish she would have been a bit more humble instead of diplomatically blaming the press for all the upheaval (the press didn't lie to our souvereign-lady or to our prime-minister, she did).

And there is another disavdantage: that horrendous accent of hers which distracts you terribly from what she says. I think she could use a speech therapist as this is certainly not ABN (Common Civilized Dutch), but a self fabricated and affected accent that has the goal to seem posh.

Anyway, for those who want to see Mabel in the interview progamme NOVA, follow this link and click on 'bekijk item' (link originally provided by Sal on the Benelux Royals MB).
I agree her accent is absolutely terrible and a huge turnoff and the goodwill she's been able to gain in recent years could be easily lost just because of this accent. Seemingly she's trying to channel her mom in law?

For the rest I have to say I do agree with what she had to say. And you know what, considering the topic and the fact that of course she knew that people would accuse her of having ulterior motives here (revenge towards the behavior of the press regarding her affair with top tier gangster Bruinsma), I actually think she's pretty brave taking on this very topic!
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I personally think that Mabel has a very good sence of style. She is not boring like Maxima in her stewardess outfit and skirts with big strapes, that made her hips look soooooooo big. I think it is good that Mabel did not allow Royal fashion advisors to change her style. Otherwise she would wear these pans her mother-in-law is famouse for.
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11-05-2007 Kinderdijk Prince Friso is the first official Friend of the Mill in Kinderdijk
The prince has started the money recruitment drive of ''Mill looks for Friends''
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The previous patron of this association was the late Prince Claus. It is nice to see that the Prince is following his father.
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I personally think that Mabel has a very good sence of style. She is not boring like Maxima in her stewardess outfit and skirts with big strapes, that made her hips look soooooooo big. I think it is good that Mabel did not allow Royal fashion advisors to change her style. Otherwise she would wear these pans her mother-in-law is famouse for.
Máxima and stewardess outfits?
That is the last link I would ever have made: between Princess Máxima and a stewardess!
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Hmm. I have to agree with Henri M. I have certainly never seen a stewardess quite as nicely dressed as Maxima. Nor quite as brightly. Which is all to the good, as she ought to stand out and not blend in. Although I have to say that Maxima has also had her share of fashion faux pas in my mind. But then again, no one is perfect. Mabel on the other hand almost always just seems to get it not quite right by one or two elements.
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'Ms Mabel van Oranje' in nice pictures

The Princess had an interview in London (where she and Prince Friso lives with Countess Luana and Countess Zaria).

It went about her activistic life, fighting dictatorships and tyrannical regimes. The interview was held in the Soho Hotel (Richmond Mews) and the Princess was willing to pose with the interviewer. The interview was in her capacity as director EU Affairs of the Open Society Institute:

Open Society Foundation - London
5th/4th Floor Cambridge House
Director EU Affairs: Ms. Mabel van Oranje

Joris van der W. has posted these on the Benelux Board, here are the links to the pictures:

Princess Mabel en profil

Princess Mabel en face

The Princess and the interviewer (= Matthijs van Nieuwkerk, a Dutch celebrity who has a daily current affairs program)

A quite posed image
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The Princess had an interview in London (where she and Prince Friso lives with Countess Luana and Countess Zaria).

It went about her activistic life, fighting dictatorships and tyrannical regimes. The interview was held in the Soho Hotel (Richmond Mews) and the Princess was willing to pose with the interviewer. The interview was in her capacity as director EU Affairs of the Open Society Institute:

Open Society Foundation - London
5th/4th Floor Cambridge House
Director EU Affairs: Ms. Mabel van Oranje

Joris van der W. has posted these on the Benelux Board, here are the links to the pictures:

Princess Mabel en profil

Princess Mabel en face

The Princess and the interviewer (= Matthijs van Nieuwkerk, a Dutch celebrity who has a daily current affairs program)

A quite posed image
Thanks for those Henri! I especially like the second picture, she looks absolutely beautiful.
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The last picture is very beautiful!
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Well, I'll be. Mabel looks good! I like those shots, especially the last one. If you didn't know who she was, you'd think that was a publicity still from a movie or maybe a photo from Vanity Fair or something. Well done.
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The Princess had an interview in London (where she and Prince Friso lives with Countess Luana and Countess Zaria).

It went about her activistic life, fighting dictatorships and tyrannical regimes. The interview was held in the Soho Hotel (Richmond Mews) and the Princess was willing to pose with the interviewer. The interview was in her capacity as director EU Affairs of the Open Society Institute


thank you for the info & pictures. where can i get my hands on the interview? would be good to read.
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