9.Polfoto 05-11-2003 -- Amsterdam -- Dutch Princess Margriet (sister of Dutch Queen Beatrix) flanked by her husband Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven (who suffers from a skincancer desease) in Amsterdam 5 November 2003. The Erasmusprice is awarded annually to a person who has contributed in a sepcial way to science in the social and cultural field.
Princess Margriet is certainly a great "asset" to the Dutch royal family, isn't she? And a constant source of support for her sister the Queen.
Is Princess Margriet the only one of Queen Beatrix's sisters who perform royal duties steadily? I don't think Princess Irene does much, but what about the other sisters?
Princess Juliana has four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. Irene and Christina have give up their rights on the trone. Irene, because she married with the spanish catholic prince Carlos Hugo. And Christina married also with a catholic man and she is almost blind, so...
But Margriet counts for ten, so she is a great help for the Queen. :)
1.GETTY IMAGES - Dutch Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven attend "Queen's Day," the nation's biggest holiday, April 30, 2002 in Meppel, The Netherlands. Traditionally, Queen Beatrix celebrates her birthday on this day, which is actually the birthday of her mother Princess Juliana.
2-4.GETTY IMAGES - MOSCOW - JANUARY 21: Younger sister of the Dutch queen, Princess Margriet, and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven visit the Bolshoi Theatre during private show January 21, 2003 in Moscow, Russia.
5,6.GETTY IMAGES - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 15: Dutch Princess Margriet and her son Prince Floris arrive for the christening ceremony of Princess Eloise Sophie Beatrix Laurence, daughter of Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn at Palace Het Loo December 15, 2002 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
7.GETTY IMAGES - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 5: (L-R) Pieter van Vollenhoven, Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, British author Alan Davidson, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Davidson's wife Jane and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands line up after Davidson received the 2003 Erasmus Prize of 150,000 Euros for his contribution to the science of food research and eating habits on November 5, 2003 in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Erasmus Prize, founded in 1958 by Prince Bernhard, is awarded annually to honour individuals or societies that have made an important contribution to European culture, society or the social sciences.
8,9.GETTY IMAGES - Dutch Princess Margriet and her husband Meester Pieter Van Vollenhoven arrive to Styvesant Hight School November 16, 2001 in New York City. The Princess and her husband are in New York to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Netherland-America Foundation.
10.GETTY IMAGES - The Netherlands Princess Margriet and pianist, the Honorable Pieter Van Volenhoven attend the 20th Annual Peter Stuyvesant Ball November 16, 2001 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.
1-3.GETTY IMAGES - The Netherlands Princess Margriet and pianist, the Honorable Pieter Van Volenhoven attend the 20th Annual Peter Stuyvesant Ball November 16, 2001 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.
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5-9.LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER13: Princess Margriet attends the opening of Vision2020, a WHO Eye Healing Symposium December 13 2003 in Leiden, Netherlands. A new kind of low-cost spectacles have been presented to help millions of people in the third world at extremely low cost (1 euro per patient). No optometrist will be necessary, a school teacher will be able set and adjust the glasses. The project will kick off with aiding 12 million school kids in India.
IBL - 12 December 2003. Princess Astrid of Belgium and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at the opening of the brand new Blood plasma fractionation unit of the Central Blood plasma fractionation unit shared by both countries.
Here are the pictures -- indeed a great set as Gabriella mentioned. It seems that Princess Margriet and her family particpate in more of these types of photoshoots? There were new pictures on the royal family's web site in the fall (but old ones of Queen Beatrix's family) and now these great pictures.
I love how natural the family seems, too, together and in front of the cameras. This seems like a very close knit family, and obviusly Princess Margriet is loving being a grandmother of four (and soon five!). Only wish Aimee and Annette could've been part of the family portratis, too!
19 January 2005 -- Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven in the garden of their residence, together with their children and their grandchildren: Prince Maurits, Princess marilene and their two children Anna (3) and Lucas (2); Prnce Bernhard Jr. and Princess Annette and their two children Isabella (2) and Samuel (8 months old, also together with his godmother Princess Margriet). Also in the group are the two youngest sons, the Princes Pieter-Christiaan and Floris.