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Old 09-01-2006, 12:33 PM
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TOKIO - In a declaration issued on Friday, the Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and his spouse Princess Masako have expressed their gratitude towards the Netherlands royal family for the hospitality they enjoyed during their vacation in the Netherlands.

They spoke about a 'heartwarming interaction' with Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander and his family, so stated the Japanese Press Agency Kyodo today. The Japanese Crown Princely family spent their vacation at the Queen's weekend retreat, Het Oude Loo in Apeldoorn in the east of the Netherlands. For Princess Masako the vacation was also meant as a therapy for the depressivity she suffers since years.

"Again it has become clear to us that the contacts we maintain with the Netherlands royal family are based on mutual friendship and trust." so stated the declaration. The Crown Prince and his spouse also have expressed their pleasure with all the new experiences during their vacation.

Source: http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/4...n_Beatrix.html
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:00 PM
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Thanks for the pictures!
I love this one http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...ER00165931.jpg .
Very funny expression on her face!
She looks lovely- always seems to connect well with children. I hope she remains Queen for a few more years. We are all used to our European queens regnant- who do great jobs- but do we want them replaced by kings- could we imagine a king reacting in that way to a little one.
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Old 09-04-2006, 09:26 AM
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There are not pictures of the banquet deprived in the one that several real members went, among them the Duke Henri and the Grand Duchess Marķa Teresa?
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:13 PM
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HM the Queen is present at the opening of the Building House, which is the office of Building the Netherlands, the largest employers association in the building.

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Old 09-13-2006, 01:16 PM
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Another stunning hat of Queen Beatrix!
She looks nice.
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Funny pictures of Queen Beatrix doing a huge puzzle:


Queen Beatris: Hmmm, I wonder where this piece goes?


Queen Beatrix: Look! I did it!

Credit: Bruno Press
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:40 AM
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Even though the SP is absolutely not my party,I still find it charming that Jan Marijnissen is the only party leader at the Binnenhof who takes a bouquet of flowers along upon each visit to HM
He does?! Good for him!! Wouldn't be surprised if those two got along quite swimmingly, both are deep thinkers, very intellectual, charming, down to earth, long-term planners. Both seem to be original characters and independent thinkers without being obnoxious. I can totally see where he's coming from: after all, who wouldn't want to spend quality time with this intelligent woman who's regarded as one of the world's most impressive leaders?!
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Thanks for the latest photos. I love the third one of her talking to the little boy!
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Her Majesty the Queen is present in the evening at the official opening of the Theatre De in Zwolle

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Thanks fanletizia. She seems to be wearring her turquise earrings.

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On a different note, this weekend HM received praise for socialist alderman Achmed Aboutaleb (PvdA/Labour, Amsterdam) during the labour congress. He praised HM for the way she handled the situation after the murder on theo van Gogh. Of course he did so not without a political reason: he compared it to the reaction of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (CDA/Christain Democrats) and blamed him for lack of leadership (the PM stayed in Brussels).
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Today HM handed out awards to 6 young and promising painters in The Hague (usually done in Amsterdam but the Royal Palace is closed for restauration).

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And today it is also 4 years ago that Prince Claus died, on 6 october 2002. As Avi Primor said on ZDF: HM still cries when she talks about him, so it must be a very difficult day for her.
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Today HM handed out awards to 6 young and promising painters in The Hague (usually done in Amsterdam but the Royal Palace is closed for restauration).
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Thanks for posting them ZZZ. I haven't seen the Queen even on the news today (though they had an item about the painters). It is no coinsidence that she is mainly dressed in black, even wearing her black pearls.
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New pics of queen Beatrix on PPE: http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?z...2006%20Markelo
Queen looks so wonderful! I love her outfit!
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Today HM handed out awards to 6 young and promising painters in The Hague (usually done in Amsterdam but the Royal Palace is closed for restauration).

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And today it is also 4 years ago that Prince Claus died, on 6 october 2002. As Avi Primor said on ZDF: HM still cries when she talks about him, so it must be a very difficult day for her.
I'm glad for her she has a job she loves to distract her. Claus was truly a one-of-a-kind kind of person, if they ever did, they surely don't make 'em like that any more nowadays.

I do increasingly though, get the sense that their sons try to emulate him, try to exceed the expectations he might have had of them, and that's a good thing.

Back to Beatrix, she looks really great in grey/black actually--you can tell by these pictures she really is in her element surrounded by fellow artists--for those of you who may not know, she is an accomplished sculptor in her own right!
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And today it is also 4 years ago that Prince Claus died, on 6 october 2002. As Avi Primor said on ZDF: HM still cries when she talks about him, so it must be a very difficult day for her.
Poor Queen Beatrix!
Pardon my ignorance, but who is Avi Primor?

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Thanks fanletizia. She seems to be wearring her turquise earrings.

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On a different note, this weekend HM received praise for socialist alderman Achmed Aboutaleb (PvdA/Labour, Amsterdam) during the labour congress. He praised HM for the way she handled the situation after the murder on theo van Gogh.
Whether or not he said this for his own political gain, I totally agree with this.

I've said it before, but the way she stepped up to the plate and showed real leadership, acting as a real unifiying force when various social groups in her country were on the verge of escalating their hatred for one another, SHE actually prevented that!!

By stepping up immediately, visiting various groups and instigating & propagating dialogue right after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. I don't know honestly whether this was a cleverly thought-out move by her PR advisers, or even the Prime Minister, but it doesn't matter: whatever she did, it was supereffective. I'm serious: without her taking that step, the country could have descended into a very nasty situation.

It didn't, and the kudo's for that go to this intelligent queen. I have refrained before to comparing her in this regard with other monarchs, but I will do it now, why not: the way Margarethe of Denmark threw oil on the fire during the scandal with the Mohammed cartoons a while back, she actually helped <escalate> the problem, a divider of faiths and nations that cost Danish society millions of euros. Instead of being unifying, Margarethe acted in a polarizing way. If I ever admired that queen, no longer. What an idiot she was to do this!

Compare that to Beatrix: the picture of intelligence versus idiocy, in my opinion. Beatrix showed what a <real> monarch is about: showing the way, unifying your people. That's what she did, and does, in her own trademark unassuming, almost <modest> way. No wonder Nelson Mandela holds her in such high esteem.
As for me, I was already a fan, but since that incident with the van Gogh murder, my admiration for this woman is pretty endless.
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Poor Queen Beatrix!
Pardon my ignorance, but who is Avi Primor?

Thanks in advance
A personal friend of the late Prince Claus and Queen Beatrix. I believe mr Primor (an Israeli diplomat) met Prince Claus before his marriage to Beatrix, when they were both on diplomatic service in Africa (forgot the exact country). In a dutch television programme on Claus, they interviewed Avi Primor to and he said he was immediately was impressed by Prince Claus as it was Claus himself who started about the subject of the holocaust, when he visited the Israeli diplomat and his wife & they could immediately talk quite openly about it.

Here a link with the resume of mr. Primor (he was Israels ambassador in Germany, among other things: http://www.biu.ac.il/soc/iasei/cv/aviprimor.html
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