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Old 02-04-2015, 10:57 AM
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It is wonderful that the King makes these surprise visits. The two companies in Eindhoven knew that the minister of Economic Affairs would visit them but suddenly they saw an extended blue Audi and it was no one else than His Majesty The King...

The King visited two companies on the High Tech Campus. There was a so-called 'Boot Camp' in which three young entrepreneurs could show their newest developments. For an example one young developer showed an advanced, ultrathin wearable glove to have "natural grip" on a virtual hand. The chips were so thin that the glove felt as a "normal" glove.

The King and the minister joined in a lunch with young students doing practice on the High Tech Campus. All very informal. When the King was 'bombed' with smarthphones, he took his own and made a picture as well, from his viewpoint. "That is to be expected in such a technical environment" so smiled the King.

The King getting in his car and "oh wait...." he takes his own smartphone making the people gasp "How, what a spontaneous and nice man!"

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King Willem-Alexander opened the exhibition "Late Rembrandt" at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam today, February 12:



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Old 02-12-2015, 07:09 AM
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King Willem-Alexander really feels like "The King". He is a big man. Is it me of is the King rapidly ageing since his succession? He gets more and more wrinkles. The one day he looks like having gained a few pounds. The other day he looks like having lost a few pounds. Maybe it is just a question of being photo-genic or not. Probably the King simply does not photograph well.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:13 AM
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:11 PM
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I suppose his smoking may have something to do with his aging. And the fact that he is actually aging - like all of us. But he seems more mature indeed, though (IMHO) he misses the 'gravitas' that we were used to from his mother. And I heard more than one person working in politics in The Hague refer to him as a 'proleet' (plebeian) and a VVD-er (political party).

I think that it is clear that he has his own style which is a bit more relaxed than that of his mother, but IMHO that is not a bad thing, esp. not in this country. I am not sure if the aging has much to do with his new role, IMHO he seems to be enjoying it and he is doing a great job so far. Still, it is obvious that the snobs of the caviar left -that are rather vocal in the news columns - will have more difficulties with this king than with his predecessor, who was more or less considered an intellectual & thus was more respected by them.

As for his weight: he may be enjoying the good life too much and he is getting older also. But I remember that in the past he had medicine for a disease that made him gain a few pounds, so we don't know what is the reason this time. In any case, he seems to have a healthy weight.
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[...] But he seems more mature indeed, though (IMHO) he misses the 'gravitas' that we were used to from his mother. And I heard more than one person working in politics in The Hague refer to him as a 'proleet' (plebeian) and a VVD-er (political party). [...]
Naming someone a 'proleet' (a derivation from proletarian), which is even more negative than 'pleb', is is such a stinging disqualification. Anyone whom uses such a word immediaty has exposed him- or herself as the real 'proleet' ...



Of course, King Willem-Alexander misses the 'gravitas' of his so much older, so much more experienced and so much more formal mother. I think that is a good thing because there have been periods in which the Queen almost toppled under the weight of her gravitas. Before the death of Prince Claus, her parents, the many babies and the drama around Prince Friso, there was a period of Beatrix as a "Ice Queen": cold, distant, aloof. There was respect for her professionalism, there was no warmth towards her. She even needed a media offensive to correct the image (TV-interviews etc.).

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Old 02-12-2015, 01:33 PM
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The irony of it that the people that used that word were all from the leftist parties. For whom the word should not be an insult. But well the irony was lost on them. I suppose the best translation would be an uncivilized person. And indeed, if people use that term most fail to see the irony of that too. Still, I think this image is one that is there, just look at the parody section of the daily tv programme 'De Wereld Draait Door' where 'King Willy' with a low class accent from The Hague is a rather popular and recurring feature. Of course the same people would take offence if he would be cold and distant, but well...

I am not sure if Beatrix changed or if the press changed. I suspect the latter. I don't think she ever was an ice queen but it was a popular theme in certain areas of the press in the mid - late nineties indeed.
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I was actually at the Rijksmuseum yesterday and I didn't even know he would be there. I was just wondering about all the police presence when I noticed the license plate on the car. I didn't see him though, he must've been inside already.
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You had more luck with Princess Marilene? She also attended the opening (as she works in the museum). She gave a short interview to RTL Boulevard. Between the compliments for Marilene, they mention that the reporter felt so relaxed that she joked to the princess 'can you look at me instead of to the handsome sound man?' as apparently they had to do a 2nd or 3rd take. The princess suggested that she may have looked at a painting instead.

http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/boulevard/ro...late-rembrandt

It seems to be a unique exposition indeed. I will try to go soon as it will only be around for 100 days.
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News from the Knights in the Militaire Willems-Orde:


Mr C.P. van den Hoek, Ridder Militaire Willems-Orde (RMWO) has died last week, leaving the number of Knights to just four:

Major Kenneth George Mayhew RMWO, Suffolk Regiment
Second Lieutenant Edward Simons Fulmer RMWO, United States Air Force
Major Marinus Johannes Kroon RMWO, Corps Commando Troops
Major Gijs Pepijn Tuinman RMWO, Corps Commando Troops


Pic: Major Gijs Pepijn Tuinman visited his fellow Knight after his installation by King Willem-Alexander. Due to poor health, Mr Van den Hoek was not able to attend the ceremony.

Pic: the Knights Militaire Willems-Orde are regular guests at state events and/or are received at the palace

Pic: with a tap on the shoulder, the King creates Major Tuinman a Knight

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Is there any reason as to why the order is so rarely bestowed?
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Is there any reason as to why the order is so rarely bestowed?
The four above are the ones who have the highest rank of the Militaire Willems Orde.
I'm sure someone else can explain better, but the order is only acquired in battle (so either in a war in the Netherlands, or when dutch join a war abroad).
Fortunately for the NL, the last war at home has been WWII (both in europe and south-east asia), after that there were years of Cold War but not actual battling.
Prior to relatively recent additions due to so called peace-missions (in for instance Iraq and Afghanistan), the last one was awarded to Mr. Fulmer following the second World War.
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Not only on the battlefield, it can also be bestowed to civilians in acts of exceptional gallantry and bravery. The Knight who died last week, Mr Cornelis Pieter van den Hoek saved the lives of shot-down airmen and successfully helped them to escape the occupied Netherlands, with grave dangers for his own life. For 37 times Mr Van den Hoek managed to cross 18 km through the Biesbosch (a forested wet delta) to assist the allied forces. For this Queen Wilhelmina created him a Knight in the Militaire Willems-Orde.
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Not only on the battlefield, it can also be bestowed to civilians in acts of exceptional gallantry and bravery. The Knight who died last week, Mr Cornelis Pieter van den Hoek saved the lives of shot-down airmen and successfully helped them to escape the occupied Netherlands, with grave dangers for his own life. For 37 times Mr Van den Hoek managed to cross 18 km through the Biesbosch (a forested wet delta) to assist the allied forces. For this Queen Wilhelmina created him a Knight in the Militaire Willems-Orde.
Okay, not on the battlefield itself, but according to the website of the dutch monarchy, it is awarded for "bravery in battle" (dapperheid in strijd)
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The King has visited Dutch troops in Mali, being there Wednesday and Thursday. He visited Camp Castor, the main base of the troops. He also met with the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

Koning Willem-Alexander brengt bezoek aan militairen in Mali - nrc.nl
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The ambassadors of the Czech Republic and of the Dominican Republic were received by King Willem-Alexander today, March 4:



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Later today King Willem-Alexander opened the 35th Lentetuin Breezand, a flower show, spring fair and agri expo trade show:



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The 35th edition of Spring Garden Breezand has a royal theme, namely '200 year Kingdom. The organization had also managed to leave the royal opening run, by King Willem-Alexander to join.

King Willem-Alexander opens 35th (Royal) Spring Garden

The series 'trips minister' was continued today with Minister of Security and Justice. The King brought with him to visit the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) in The Hague.

King Willem-Alexander visits National Cyber ​​Security Centre
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I admire it how the King adds "content" to the kingship to request every minister to show him examples from the daily workfield. It also brings the King to a whole variety of activities in society.

It also connects the King with the ministers and thus creating a personal bond. In some countries the monarch only speaks with the Prime Minister. In the Netherlands, due to the fact the King is an integral member of Government, he has close contact with all ministers. He also receives the transcripts, memos, reports, notes and minutes from all Cabinet meetings, after all he is a member of the same Government.

Art. 42 of the Constitution
The Government comprises of the King and the ministers.

Art. 43 of the Constitution
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