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Old 12-12-2006, 04:47 PM
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Beatrix looked great! The hat is nice and so is the jacket (even if there's fur... It looks elegant on her)
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:13 AM
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Constitutional problems for the Queen?

Since the general elections of 22 November, the present Dutch Cabinet is demissionair (= without royal mission: outgoing). The formation of a new Cabinet is under way and will take some time. In the meantime Queen Beatrix has taken the resignation letters of the ministers from the outgoing Cabinet 'into consideration' and requested them to remain on their posts and 'to do all what is in the best interests of the State'.

In the newly elected Second Chamber (Lower House) there is a very small majority (75 vs 74 seats) who wants to see a general pardon to be granted for all asylumseekers who have requested for asylum before 2001. The Cabinet is against such a general pardon (which is about 26000 - 35000 people). The Cabinet finds that every individual request for an asylum in the Netherlands should be investigated on its own merites.

In two motions, both with a majority of 75 vs 74, the newly elected Second Chamber asked the Government for a moratorium ('to freeze') all the exit-procedures of asylumseekers who have to leave the country. Mrs. Rita Verdonk, the Dutch minister of Integration and Immigration refused to follow the wish of the Chamber. As a consequence last night the Second Chamber voted for a so-called 'Motion of Disapproval' against her. If she decides to resign, the fear is that the other ministers will resign too. But can she resign? She already is demissionair, outgoing? The other ministers have warned that they will declare themselves solidair with mrs. Verdonk.

According to experts on the constitution, this is an unique situation. Some experts say the Cabinet can not resign because this would mean there is no Cabinet and then there is also no minister who takes the actions of the Queen for his ministerial responsibility. In the meantime the Queen is also entangled in the formation of a new Cabinet between parties who are very unwilling.

This is without any doubt, politically, the most complication situation Queen Beatrix ever has experienced.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:07 PM
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I'm sure Her Majesty will be able to cope. She has a wealth of experience, a deep knowledge of politics and she knows people. I've no doubt that Queen Beatrix will see the Netherlands through.
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:53 PM
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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ,Amsterdam,december 13th.

HM The Queen accompanied by TRH Princess Máxima,Prince Constantijn,Prince Friso,Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel will attend the handout of the Principal Prince Claus Award by HRH Prince Friso (honorary co-chair of the Prince Claus Fund with his brother Constantijn)to grafic designer Reza Abedini from Iran.

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=17108

Prince Claus Fund:

http://www.princeclausfund.org/en/index.html
HM and TRH,Amsterdam today:

Courtesy PPE.
http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...Prince%20Claus
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:55 PM
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Wow

Wow for The Queen, Laurentien and Mabel. They did look very good.
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:05 PM
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Cabinet remains

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I'm sure Her Majesty will be able to cope. She has a wealth of experience, a deep knowledge of politics and she knows people. I've no doubt that Queen Beatrix will see the Netherlands through.
The newly elected Second Chamber, with a small majority of 75 vs 74 requested the Cabinet for a moratorium (a 'freeze') on the forced exit of asylumseekers who were denied asylum, preluding on a possible coming 'general pardon' for a whole group of asylumseekers.

The Cabinet is absolutely against such a 'general pardon', but the ministers from CDA (christian-democrats) are willing to find a compromise, like a temporarily moratorium for a more limited group of asylumseekers. The ministers from coalition partner VVD (conservative liberals) do not agree with this and wanted to request Her Majesty to effectuate their resignations (which were already offered to the Queen but held 'in consideration' by her).

This would mean that only a handful of ministers from CDA (christian-democrats) would remain on their posts as long as there is no new Government. The Premier urged the ministers from VVD (conservative liberals) not to request Her Majesty for an immediate effectuation of their offered resignations and to remain on their posts, all this to prevent a constitutional chaos (departments for months without a minister).
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:19 PM
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At this moment,thursday evening,HM opens the winter exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,the theme:"Istanbul,the City and the Sultan".

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=16982

http://www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/index.htm
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:35 PM
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Wow!
All of these Royal ladies looked beautiful! Loved Maxima's, Laurentien's and the Queens coats. Loved Mable's hair.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:24 PM
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At this moment,thursday evening,HM opens the winter exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,the theme:"Istanbul,the City and the Sultan".

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=16982

http://www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/index.htm
HM this evening:

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Old 12-15-2006, 04:31 AM
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The Queen looked absolutely wonderful. The exhibtion looks worth a visit.
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:39 AM
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The exhibition seems interesting but somehow I do not like the idea that the have built some sort of mosque inside a (former) church. HM looks very majestic and statuesque.
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:43 AM
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According to 'Telegraaf' various Aruban associations for businesses sent a letter to HM The Queen with a request to help them in the present financial mess on the island. They are urging for the resignation of the present Prime Minister who let the islands debt rise up to 800 million euros and who did not publish an account of the islands finances since 1996. The business owners hope that the Queen will be able to influence the Dutch prime minister and/or the secretary of kingdom relations. According to the newspaper HM received simular requests when she visited the island and she critisized the Aruban goverment in private.
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Old 12-15-2006, 12:53 PM
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The exhibition seems interesting but somehow I do not like the idea that the have built some sort of mosque inside a (former) church. HM looks very majestic and statuesque.
It rather "resembles" an Ottoman Palace,should go visit it tho.
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:01 PM
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It rather "resembles" an Ottoman Palace,should go visit it tho.

This morning HM received the Turkish ambassador,HE Mr.T.Ildem for a farewell audience at Huis ten Bosch Palace.
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=17186

This afternoon HM opened the World Music & Dance Centre,Rotterdam.

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=16987

http://www.wmdc.nl/start/index_EN.php
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:38 PM
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It rather "resembles" an Ottoman Palace,should go visit it tho.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:05 PM
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this year will be have a family photo like the last year?
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Old 12-24-2006, 05:21 AM
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For anyone who likes to view HM Christmas speech,tomorrow,december 25th at 13.00PM CET,(12.00GMT,04.00EST),follow the link provided within the Royal House website.

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=17215

Merry Christmas to all of you.
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Old 12-24-2006, 07:32 AM
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The light of Christmas

In the GPD (Joint Press Services) newspapers the 26 previous Christmas Addresses by Queen Beatrix were analyzed: in most of these Addresses, Her Majesty used the metaphor of the light. The Queen's Christmass Adresses are personal and almost the only one address in which she can show her personal opinion. A constante through all the years is the Queen's deep religiosity and sombre view on the world.

1980:
Christ is the light that shines in the darkness

1981:
Christmas is the feast of the light

1982
Christmas is the feast of the light

1983
A new light has been brought into the world

1984
There is joy for the light

1985
Light that breaks through

1986
Light in a darkened world

1987
In the darkness there is the light of Christmas

1988
Light in a world darkened by human egoïsm and imperiousness

1989
Beams of light in the darkness

1990
The light of Christ in a dark world

1991
The light of Christmas in the darkness of fear, discomfort and superficiality

1992
Light amidst the deepest darkness of human cruelty and barbary

1993
God's light in the darkness

1994
Light shines in the darkness of our world

1995
Light in the darkness of human fear, despair and disappointment

1996
Light in a world of darkness

1997
Light that breaks through in the darkness of the human existence

1998
With Christmas a beam of light breaks through the clouds

1999
Light that breaks through in the darkness of the human existence

2000
Through all the centuries, the light of Christmas breaks the gloominess of life

2001
Through all the centuries, the light of Christmas breaks the gloominess of life

2002
The feast of light in times darkened

2003
The feast of the light that breaks through in a sombre world

2004
no reference to the light

2005
Christmas is the feast of the birth of the Child, which gives hope and makes the light beaming in a dark world

A picture (from the TV) of the Queen addressing the nation (2005).
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:18 AM
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Video on Christmas at the House of Orange-Nassau

A nice video showing the magnificent Christmas decorations at the Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn, in the east of the Netherlands.

Click on this link, click on open in the mediaspeler, choose your mediaplayer and your connection (small- or broadband).

On 22 minutes you will be shown the interior of the litte private family-chapel at Het Loo and the wonderful decorations. Also a princess Beatrix in a christmas play!

Enjoy!!!

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