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Old 09-21-2016, 11:14 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Netherlands on 11th October for a day of official engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam

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On arrival, The Duchess is pleased to have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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The Duchess will also visit the @mauritshuis exhibition 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer & his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection'

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HRH will host a roundtable discussion @Trimbos on addiction, intervention, family and mental health with @AFNCCF and @ActionAddiction

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The Duchess will then travel to Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken - a community focussed initiative

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The Duchess of Cambridge is very much looking forward to her visit to the Netherlands @ukinnl
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:56 AM
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I'm very pleased to hear Catherine will be doing her first solo visit to the Netherlands.

I'm always waiting to hear about her role as a senior Royal expanding. It's a big deal for her to be meeting up with the King again.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:52 PM
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The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Netherlands on 11th October for a day of official engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam

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On arrival, The Duchess is pleased to have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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The Duchess will also visit the @mauritshuis exhibition 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer & his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection'

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HRH will host a roundtable discussion @Trimbos on addiction, intervention, family and mental health with @AFNCCF and @ActionAddiction

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The Duchess will then travel to Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken - a community focussed initiative

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The Duchess of Cambridge is very much looking forward to her visit to the Netherlands @ukinnl
Great. Look forward to seeing Catherine on the Netherlands.

Let's just hope she does not get pregnant between now and then!
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:13 PM
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Lunch with the King but Maxima will be abroad

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The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Netherlands oct 11th. She will lunch with the Dutch King, but will miss Máxima who will be abroad.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:39 PM
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What a pity Queen Máxima will be abroad. Maybe Princess Beatrix will peep in and attend lunch. She sometimes does since her abdication (visit of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, visit of Prince Albert of Monaco).
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:06 PM
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The good thing about Maxima being absent is that the press won't go on and on about what each of them are wearing and turning it into a competition.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:16 PM
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Although its a given that appearances, engagements and foreign tours do signify that the summer holiday season is over with, Kate making a solo trip to the Netherlands is a strong clue that the Cambridges are ramping up to be full time working royals.

I think she'll be successful with this trip too but also agree that with Maxima out of the picture for this visit, a lot of the fashion comparisons will be avoided. Ever notice that when men are together there is no comparison between suits?
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Oh, I don't know, Osipi, when Prince Henrik of Denmark is around all comparisons with any other male's clothing fades away!
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:51 PM
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Yay! Looking forward to it! I'm sad that Maxima won't be there- because I love her, and even though I get Osipi's point- would love to see her and Catherine dressed to the nines! I also see your point Curryong.
But KWA seems quite outgoing so it should be quite an experience for him and Catherine!
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:37 AM
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Oh, I don't know, Osipi, when Prince Henrik of Denmark is around all comparisons with other male's clothing fades away!
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:52 AM
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You're absolutely right. Henri is in a class all by himself when it comes to male fashions.
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:59 AM
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Very curious to finally see Kate on a solo engagement abroad. Hopefully she won't pull out of it again. lol
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She 'pulled out' of the visit to Malta on doctor's advice, as she was suffering from severe morning sickness and HG.

Doesn't look like any babies this year, so the visit to the Netherlands is on.
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^^^ Oh thank you for informing me about the reason why she didn't go to Malta, Rudolph, I knew that already, without it you help ;-)
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One thing for sure, the Mauritshuis, a small city-palace ordered by Prince Johan Maurits of Nassau (1604-1679) is a fabulous building, housing a collection of famous paintings owned by the State.

The Mauritshuis also showcases items from the Royal Cabinet of Paintings in the nearby Gallery Prince Willem V. That is done à la the mode of the 18th C: a cluttering of paintings from the royal collection.

The Duchess of Cambridge will have a fabulous day out and enjoy art!
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It is not sure if the duchess will be escorted by a Dutch royal, nothing is mentioned on the royal calendar. Only that HRH will be received at the Eikenhorst (by whom they do not say). There are only 2 full-time royals -one of whom is apparently abroad- and 3 semi-retired royals.

As it is special when somebody of the house of Windsor descends from the mount Olympus to visit us dwarfs on the continent, perhaps they will do their best to fête the Duchess. Maybe princess Beatrix will attend the lunch -if there is to be a lunch as the royal website does not mention this- or escort the duchess to the Mauritshuis. Or perhaps they can ask Princess Laurentien to take the afternoon off from work.

A pity that Queen Máxima is not in The Netherlands (no idea why as the royal calender has her abroad from October 7 to 9, there is nothing on the 11th), I would have liked to see them together again. The Dutch press will certainly love the visit of the Duchess, especially as it is her first visit here. It will surely make headlines in the press and I suspect there will be a lot of people trying to catch a glimpse of the Duchess. Especially in Rotterdam where they are not used to high profile visitors.

Apparently they can not receive guests at Noordeinde yet (or Huis ten Bosch), but let's hope they won't use the container that is in the garden of the Eikenhorst but use the villa itself instead. Public works in the Netherlands usually are never-ending; to have the two palaces of The Hague under renovation at the same time may be needed, but it is not very practical. It is rather embarrassing that they can not receive the future Queen of the UK in a proper place but in a nouveau riche villa from the 80-ties at best. At least HRH will see the Mauritshuis, which is beautiful indeed.

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The Foreign Office and Kensington Palace wouldn't have announced she's being received by the King if it wasn't confirmed.
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i have no problems that they are welcoming kate at Villa Eikenhorst. in fact, i think it is even better: they are opening the doors of their own home to her, which is a sign of friendship and closeness.

i am very excited about the trip, it will be fab to see kate outside the UK. i am just disappointed that maxima won't be there as she would have been a great host to go with kate to her visits. in any case, i hope that another dutch royal accompanies her (maybe lauretien or even mabel?)
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The Foreign Office and Kensington Palace wouldn't have announced she's being received by the King if it wasn't confirmed.
I wouldn't dare to suggest that the information coming from Kensington Palace or the British Foreign Office is anything but correct. My irritation was with the insufficient information on the Dutch royal website.

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i am very excited about the trip, it will be fab to see kate outside the UK. i am just disappointed that maxima won't be there as she would have been a great host to go with kate to her visits. in any case, i hope that another dutch royal accompanies her (maybe lauretien or even mabel?)
Mabel does not do any official functions on behalf of the Royal House, she can not represent the country either. So perhaps princess Laurentien or princess Beatrix. Or if they are busy a lady-in-waiting of the court, we do not have many active royals. I do not know where Marc van der Linden got the information that the Queen will be abroad, because this is not listed in the Dutch royal calendar. Let's hope he is incorrect.
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The Duchess of Cambridge will become a “potent force” in Britain’s bridge-building with EU countries as Brexit looms, a former ambassador has said, as the Duchess prepares to visit the Netherlands this week.

The Netherlands is one of Britain’s biggest trading partners, with £68 billion of goods crossing the North Sea every year, but has not received a visit from a senior member of the Royal family for three years.

The Duchess’s first solo foreign trip will take her to The Hague on Tuesday, where she will meet King Willem-Alexander at his official residence, Villa Eikenhorst.

Her day of soft diplomacy will continue with a visit to the capital’s Mauritshuis art gallery to promote an exhibition of Dutch paintings owned by the Queen, as well as a mental health conference and a brief stop at a community project in Rotterdam.

It is likely to be the first in a regular roster of royal visits to European countries by members of the Royal family as the Government deploys them to help “beef up” bilateral relations with individual EU member states.
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