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Old 05-14-2007, 04:29 AM
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The Prince and the Princesses have an optimal privacy and family-life in a private villa, surrounded by a vast nature and with a minimum of staff.

Many royals do not live at palaces: the King and Queen of Belgium live at Belvédère, the King & Queen of Spain live at Zarzuela, the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall live at Highgrove, the Prince & Princess of Asturias live at the Pabellon del Príncipe, etc. Big houses, but no Royal Palace.
The "Eikenhorst" is in the Royal Domain "De Horsten",once the property of Prince Frederik who bequathed the property to his daughter Marie of Wied who later sold it to Queen Wilhelmina who passed it on to her daughter Queen Juliana....

There used to be an old run down farmhouse on the spot of the Eikenhorst.Princess Christina,HM youngest sister,purchased the property from her mother and had the villa build we know today where she and her family lived until her divorce from Jorge Guillermo,it is the private property of The Prince of Orange now.

The then Princess Beatrix lived at her beloved Drakenstyn for decades,not a Royal Palace either,but it too provided her and her young family with privacy,a rare commodity for Royals usually living in a glass house 24/7.

Besides,Royal palaces are almost impossible to really live in,it might appear to some to be part of what they believe Royals do,in fairytales,but the sheer sizes of each and every room/hall makes a comfy living wishfull thinking.For example,if the Royal Palace at the Dam Square here in Amsterdam is up for another Royal function like an incoming State Visit,it takes 2 weeks to heat up the whole place in order to make each and everyone feeling comfy and warm enough.

Exceptions here are Huis ten Bosch Palace,HM residence,Noordeinde Palace,HM office and Soestdijk Palace when it was still in use as such.

In the latter the late Prince Bernhard had a constant 27.8 degrees celsius in his office,he hated cold or anything under 25 degrees indoors ...but I'm getting way O/T here now....
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:56 PM
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Thanks Lucien!

It's a good choice, especially for the 3 A's upbringing, that they live in the Villa instead of in a Royal Palace, with the conditions that you have so well described. Personally I think I would feel like living in a museum...
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:31 AM
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Hi, everyone! I like Maxima very much. She is funny, intelligent, smart, active.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:43 AM
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Well Ana_77, you're in the right place- there are tons of threads here on Maxima, and on her fashion and jewels, so check it out!
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:18 AM
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HRH celebrates her 36th birthday today with her family,and her parents,at the Eikenhorst.

Het Koninklijk Huis

courtesy RVD.

Princess Máxima first official engagement is scheduled for june 25th,the concluding session of the Taskforce Youth un-employment project.
Het Koninklijk Huis

But ofcourse earlyer functions might appear in the ever changing/growing RF calendar.
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:40 PM
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Princess Máxima first official engagement is scheduled for june 25th,the concluding session of the Taskforce Youth un-employment project.
Het Koninklijk Huis

But ofcourse earlyer functions might appear in the ever changing/growing RF calendar.
Thanks, Lucien for keeping us so informed. I'm happy she has an upcoming appearance. So it looks like she will have a total of 2 and a half months of maternity leave.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:43 PM
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Thanks, Lucien for keeping us so informed. I'm happy she has an upcoming appearance. So it looks like she will have a total of 2 and a half months of maternity leave.
It is pretty normal. Any employed woman in the Netherlands has the legal right on at least 16 weeks (some 3,5 months) of maternity leave.

There are many CAO's (Collective Labour Agreements) with a longer maternity leave, like 20 weeks (4,5 months) but 16 weeks is the minimum.

As the Princess is no employed woman, there is no CAO, contract or job description or whatever, it is pretty much to herself to decide on her own schedule.


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Old 05-21-2007, 05:17 AM
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Princess Maxima will resume her duties on June 25. She will be visiting a project that has to due with youth unemployment (or something in that direction).
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I should be happy if she devoted part of her time to a project who involves people having lost their jobs.

Go on, Princess Maxima! You are really a great Lady! I was a little tired of Royals sponsoring only sports!

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Old 06-06-2007, 06:08 PM
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Princess Maxima will resume her duties on June 25. She will be visiting a project that has to due with youth unemployment (or something in that direction).
She will resume her duties even sooner.

On June 22nd HRH,Chair of the Curatorium,will open the festive lustrum symposium of the Prince Claus Chair in the presence of HM Queen Beatrix and TRH Prince Friso (Co-Patron with his brother Prince Constantijn) and Princess Mabel at Noordeinde Palace,The Hague.
Het Koninklijk Huis

Info on the Prince Claus Chair:
Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
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Wow! Princess Maxima is quite active! Thank you for posting the links, Lucien! I didn't know about Prince Claus' Chair!

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Old 06-06-2007, 07:18 PM
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Thanks Lucien, I am loking forward to it. Bt it will be a short lived enjoyment as the royals usually spend July and August on holiday in Italy.
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:21 AM
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Thanks Lucien, I am loking forward to it. Bt it will be a short lived enjoyment as the royals usually spend July and August on holiday in Italy.
Might be so,but then the holidays in Italy always come with another moment to look forward too,the photo-shoot!Short-lived too,but always fun.
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True, and perhaps the crownprince will spoil us by releasing some pictures on the occassion of Alexia's birthday too....
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:21 AM
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Great news! This means we will see her in about two weeks!
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It will be great to see her again..Sure missed seeing pics of her..it would also be nice to see her lovely daughters..:)
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It will be great to see Maxima back to work. What I am really looking forward to is the photo session in Italy when we get to see not only Maxima but the rest of them as well!
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Máxima and her two eldest on the beach

Yesterday a dutch gossipmagazine published photo's of Máxima, Amalia and Alexia on the beach in Wassenaar. Just like any young family with buckets, spades and sandwiches.
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Wow! It means that we will have a lot of pictures of princess Máxima! She can't be quiet!
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Yesterday a dutch gossipmagazine published photo's of Máxima, Amalia and Alexia on the beach in Wassenaar. Just like any young family with buckets, spades and sandwiches.
Does anyone have the fotos, or the link?
I'm very curious about the pictures..
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