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Old 01-31-2013, 01:25 PM
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Yes, yes, this is all such interesting information.

But if I were Dutch, this would be the burning question: Do we get the day off work and school?????
As is usual on Queensdays,schools yes!Work,depends what you do and if any collegue asked the day off earlyer then you...in healthcare fe......grin...
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:35 PM
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The new head of state and his wife plan to visit the entire Kingdom, 29 January 2013

Within a year of ascending the throne, King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Máxima, will visit all the Dutch provinces and the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.
Can someone tell me how many Duch provinces there are, or point me to the information. Just how large is the Netherlands in square miles/meters. I am trying to get a visual of how many visits this will be.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:41 PM
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The new head of state and his wife plan to visit the entire Kingdom, 29 January 2013

Within a year of ascending the throne, King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Máxima, will visit all the Dutch provinces and the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.
Can someone tell me how many Duch provinces there are, or point me to the information. Just how large is the Netherlands in square miles/meters. I am trying to get a visual of how many visits this will be.
Great! They get to fly into St. Maarten! The people can stand on Maho Beach and wave to them. So exciting.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:02 PM
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The new head of state and his wife plan to visit the entire Kingdom, 29 January 2013

Within a year of ascending the throne, King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Máxima, will visit all the Dutch provinces and the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.
Can someone tell me how many Duch provinces there are, or point me to the information. Just how large is the Netherlands in square miles/meters. I am trying to get a visual of how many visits this will be.
The Netherlands has a total area of 41,526 square kilometers (16,485 square miles) Apparently it's the same size as Maryland, USA.

And if they were to visit every province only, it would be about 12 visits as we have 12 provinces, the Caribbean parts not included.
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Thanks for the information. It help me visualize things. I live in Wisconsin and my son lives in Maryland. That is 1000 miles away. A 20 hour drive. Where i grew up in Missouri is 600 miles from where i now live. You can see my problem in visualizing a small country.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:59 PM
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The Netherlands has a total area of 41,526 square kilometers (16,485 square miles) Apparently it's the same size as Maryland, USA.

And if they were to visit every province only, it would be about 12 visits as we have 12 provinces, the Caribbean parts not included.
As a comparison Denmark is approximately same size and Sweden 175,000+ square miles. Holland is a rather small country landmass wise.
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We are one of the most densely populated country in the world though. (397 per km²)
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That's an interesting wording; it's almost as if the foreign crowned Heads of State are effectively banned from attending (won't receive an invitation).
In Blauw Bloed, a dutch royalty TV program, it was explained that it is protocol.
A new souvereign has to visit the other souvereigns first in their country and then they will visit him and his country.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:12 AM
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Thank you for the information, cdm.
I never knew about that particular protocol rule. Do you know whether it's unique to the Dutch Royal House, all Monarchies?
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:08 AM
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I think tis is a great news!! why betrix not will be queen mother? it's for protocol????
May be she can be more time with friso.
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I think tis is a great news!! why betrix not will be queen mother? it's for protocol????
May be she can be more time with friso.
Queen Mother is a title of a widowed Queen Consort (Queen Dowager) who is also the mother of the current Monarch.
Queen Beatrix - a reigning Monarch - was obviously never a Queen Consort so she can't be a Queen Mother.

She will be called Princess Beatrix as per the Act on Membership in the Royal House which states that an abdicated Monarch reverts to his/her birth title. That means, once Her Majesty formally abdicates, she will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau after her abdication.

You can read a bit more on that here - Queen Beatrix’s Abdication: Changes and Traditions.
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i wonder if Catharina-Amalia will be there on some of the events on April 30th...was WA at his mother's investure? at least in the morning event?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:23 AM
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i wonder if Catharina-Amalia will be there on some of the events on April 30th...was WA at his mother's investure? at least in the morning event?
Yes, all three sons were there. And W-A looked incredibly bored. ;-)
Constantijn would have been only a year older that C-A is now, so I think that she will be there. Don't know about her sisters though. For Ariane especially it will probably be too long and uninteresting. But you never know.
How long does the ceremony take anyway?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:40 AM
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Yes, all three sons were there. And W-A looked incredibly bored. ;-)
Constantijn would have been only a year older that C-A is now, so I think that she will be there. Don't know about her sisters though. For Ariane especially it will probably be too long and uninteresting. But you never know.
How long does the ceremony take anyway?
Long,considering that each and every Member of the States General has to take the Oath of Allegiance,and there are several speeches & formula's and official procedures,music.Plus the Investiture speech by HM King Willem Alexander and Him taking the Oath,music etc etc..say two to two and a halve hours from what I remember from 1980.

But it starts with the arrival of the guests at the Nieuwe Kerk,,and then the procession of the King and Queen from the Palace to the Nwe Kerk,it roughly will be a full afternoon of ceremonies and broadcasting.Not known yet if the new King and Queen will make a tour of the city,his mother didn't,but they will surely do that soon enough during the trips to Amsterdam and the provinces within the first months.

The Signing of the Instrument of Abdication,the speeches plus actual signing in the morning and the subsequent announcement on the balcony introducing the new King and Queen,and the three Princesses by then Princess Beatrix will take about an hour and a halve.

And then in the evening there's a huge party where everyone attends too and that was aired,partially too in 1980,so there really should be a lot of coverage.At the time it was on the ferry " Koningin Beatrix" of the Stena Line.

Plus,within a year we will probably see several outgoing State Visits,first to the neighbours Belgium and Luxembourg where the new Royal Couple has to go first before,due to protocol,another Monarch can again come to The Netherlands.That's the same everywhere,so we will see State Visits to at least all the Monarchies and ofcourse to our neighbour in the east,Germany...:)
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just watched the investure of Queen Beatrix and i liked it very much, it is very regal indeed^^
makes me more excited for the date!!!
also, while watching the videos, made me wonder if Maxima will wear another royal robe, Claus remained a prince, but Maxima will be granted a new title, Queen...
Queen Emma had one? its so back then, maybe there are no info about that.

and i sincerely hope that Amalia, Alexia and Ariane go dressed with diferent clothes and not dressed the same.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:47 AM
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just watched the investure of Queen Beatrix and i liked it very much, it is very regal indeed^^
makes me more excited for the date!!!
also, while watching the videos, made me wonder if Maxima will wear another royal robe, Claus remained a prince, but Maxima will be granted a new title, Queen...
Queen Emma had one? its so back then, maybe there are no info about that.

and i sincerely hope that Amalia, Alexia and Ariane go dressed with diferent clothes and not dressed the same.
Queen Emma had none,she ofcourse married a man who was already King and therefore there was no need....The triple A's will look fine regardless.
Her grandmother and sisters looked very smart and all were dressed the same..its not a jeans and t-shirt day...grin..
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i hope to see Maxima in a blue gown instead of white. usually women when become Queen (reigning or consort) opt for a white dress (QEII, Queen Beatrix, Queen Sonja to name a few), hope she is like Queen Sofia and wear some color.
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But it starts with the arrival of the guests at the Nieuwe Kerk,,and then the procession of the King and Queen from the Palace to the Nwe Kerk,it roughly will be a full afternoon of ceremonies and broadcasting.Not known yet if the
Plus,within a year we will probably see several outgoing State Visits,first to the neighbours Belgium and Luxembourg where the new Royal Couple has to go first before,due to protocol,another Monarch can again come to The Netherlands.That's the same everywhere,so we will see State Visits to at least all the Monarchies and ofcourse to our neighbour in the east,Germany...:)
hmm, it seems we will see a lot going on for this year and the next. lots of glitering and sparkling bling bling awaits us
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For female MP's the dress code will be day dresses without hats.
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As far as dresscode is concerned,ladies of the States General,Parliament,are kindly requested not to go overboard with mad hatteries.No larger then life hats,i.e.,no huge concoctions that hide the face of a member of Parliament.When they take the Oath of Allegiance to HM The King,their faces should be visible to all present at the ceremony and the people.

For gentlemen the code is white tie or dark suit...(but white tie ofcourse looks so much better...)...And for ladies appropiate afternoon dress,without hats!Good,all will have a clear view while in attendance at the ceremony,and all will be visible as required.

This was conveyed yesterday to the female Members of Parliament of both the Second Chamber and the Senate.
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As far as dresscode is concerned,ladies of the States General,Parliament,are kindly requested not to go overboard with mad hatteries.No larger then life hats,i.e.,no huge concoctions that hide the face of a member of Parliament.When they take the Oath of Allegiance to HM The King,their faces should be visible to all present at the ceremony and the people.

For gentlemen the code is white tie or dark suit...(but white tie ofcourse looks so much better...)...And for ladies appropiate afternoon dress,without hats!Good,all will have a clear view while in attendance at the ceremony,and all will be visible as required.

This was conveyed yesterday to the female Members of Parliament of both the Second Chamber and the Senate.
Translation; Let's not look like the Kardashians finally getting an invite to Ascot.
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