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Old 09-02-2007, 06:48 AM
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I believe The Princess of Asturias also had a little daughter to take care for....

Princess Maxima looked so beautiful, I love the color of her dress, her hair, her jewelry...simply gorgeous!
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:11 AM
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This picture says all...

This picture is so telling about the special position of these two little girls....

A guard from the Koninklijke Marechaussee standing outside presents his klewang (style of sword used in he Netherlands East-Indies). An uniformed footman is behind the future Queen and her sister who are standing on a red carpet, on the giant doorstep of Het Loo Palace.

Great picture, by courtesy of Joris on the BRMB.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:20 AM
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Fair point, I can see the relevance of it.

You're saying that after all, he's CP and by inviting all these colleagues, even if he calls them 'friends', he's doing his duty of sorts. That's true. Still, I got a bit miffed by this family's ever present disdain for the taxpayer, i.e. the Groene Draek's bill etc. as it recently was revealed.

They do often want their cake and then some but in this case you're right, the guy's just doing his job, fair enough.
In the 1950's Princess Wilhelmina, owner of the vast estate, donated it for free to the State, with restrictions for the usufruct and the condition of a re-contribution when the Netherlands would become a republic. Later in 1975 the palace no longer was used as a regular royal residence. But there is a gebruiksovereenkomst (user's agreement) that the palace will have a museal destination, but is available for use by the Royal House. More or less the same construction as with the Royal Palace Amsterdam, which has a museal destination as well.

And for using the taxpayer for the upkeep of the private sailyacht: it is not their fault, but that of the successive responsible governments allowing it for decades. If they said no, then it is over. But they always said yes.... And the Rijkswerf (State Wharf) had no any problem with it.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:49 AM
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This picture is so telling about the special position of these two little girls....

A guard from the Koninklijke Marechaussee standing outside presents his klewang (style of sword used in he Netherlands East-Indies). An uniformed footman is behind the future Queen and her sister who are standing on a red carpet, on the giant doorstep of Het Loo Palace.

Great picture, by courtesy of Joris on the BRMB.

No way that is a Klewang. This is an ordinary 'Sabel' not a thing with curves like a Klewang. You sure have a habit of making things look more extravagant than they are in real life

BTW on a video it showed that little Amalia got out of the palace and looked at the guard, maybe she was checking out if it was a real person at all!
These gatherings must be awfully impressive for little children.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:52 AM
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Wonderful night and pics. thanks so much for the large one, i just adore then.

Speaking of my favorate royal couple Filipe and Letiza is great see then here, and see letizia in evening dress and with new jewels. I belive is the second time we see her in the midle of royals. thanks thanks so much again all the ones post pics :
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:05 AM
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No way that is a Klewang. This is an ordinary 'Sabel' not a thing with curves like a Klewang. You sure have a habit of making things look more extravagant than they are in real life
Sorry, but the ceremonial guards of the Koninklijke Marechaussee do use klewangs indeed. They were even the first ones in the Netherlands armed forces to do so! The KNIL (Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army) copied this effective sword.

The ceremonial tenue has various appearances. The arms used by the Royal Marechaussee when wearing ceremonial tenue is a sword. For the guards and the junior officiers this is the "Klewang Marechaussee M". For the senior officers this is the "sword M1912". There are various types of sword-tassels, depending on the occasion and the rank. The guards use an orange tassel attached to their klewang. The junior officiers a white tassel and the senior officers a white-with-silver tassel.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:12 AM
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Sorry, but the ceremonial guards of the Koninklijke Marechaussee do use klewangs indeed. They were even the first ones in the Netherlands armed forces to do so! The KNIL (Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army) copied this effective sword.
My fault perhaps.. I was under the impression that only the former KNIL used these and other army regiments used 'sabels'. At least that is how it is stated on Wikipedia. Ceremoniele tenue van de Marechaussee - Wikipedia
But that site is a bit 'besmet' isn't it.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:13 AM
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Waltzing Alexia

A (slightly manipulated) video. You will see a short commercial first.

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Old 09-02-2007, 08:16 AM
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I believe The Princess of Asturias also had a little daughter to take care for....
Letizia is Letizia, and Mary is Mary.


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This picture is so telling about the special position of these two little girls....

A guard from the Koninklijke Marechaussee standing outside presents his klewang (style of sword used in he Netherlands East-Indies). An uniformed footman is behind the future Queen and her sister who are standing on a red carpet, on the giant doorstep of Het Loo Palace.

Great picture, by courtesy of Joris on the BRMB.
This is a very good picture indeed. The formality and dignity of the guard contrast with the sweetness and curiosity of these two littles Princesses. They are adorable!
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:20 AM
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And you think that's fair? Again, I'm glad not to be paying taxes for this family. Don't get me wrong I've come to love Alexander's common sense and vision when it comes to matters like water policy and other duties, but all teh same, stuff like this, on top of all the privileges this non elected dude (that's really what he is, folks, face it) already enjoys, I can't help but think: Freeloaders! Just when he was growing on me!

Because fair is fair: who's paying for this 'private' party?
The Dutch royal family owned this property until they "gave" it to the Dutch public so that the dutch public could enjoy seeing their history. It was given with the caveat that they be able to use it for private and public events when they so choose. The dutch public did not buy this from the royal family. So if they want to use it once in a while, I think that is perfectly fine.

And I would doubt very seriously that public funds paid for any part of this party. The dutch RF is very conscientious when it comes to that and generally speaking do not use public funds for private events. Furthermore, why would they need to? They are one of the wealthiest royal families.

Above and beyond that, whilst they want to have this party as private as possible, they are also conscientious of the fact that they are public figures and they are trying to balance the best that they can with giving the public a look at them, while trying to maintain a bit of downtime. I admire that and I am glad that they do it this way. We have more photo shoots with the Dutch Rf on what would be considered private occasions than with most royal families. Certainly we don't see pictures of young childrens birthdays from the Beligian, British, Notwegian or Jordanian royal families, and less often pictures of their vacations than the Dutch.

In any case, I think that the way that they did it is perfectly acceptable given the facts.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:25 AM
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:22 AM
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Maybe I am simple minded but personally the cutest part of the video for me was when Prince Constantijn carried Alexia up the steps to her mummy and grandma while Laurentien tickcled her chin. I love tender "private" moments like that between family
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Here you can find another video of last night
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:00 AM
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Thanks for posting that video marilyne. The arrival in coach, lackeys, horses etc. looks rather charming. Willem-Alexander says he hoped that there would eb a lot ofdancing as he became a bit latin.

The reportors asked Letixia what present they bought for the Crownprince to which she just laughed and probably said they werent going to tell.

How old is Mrs Zorreguieta btw, she looks rather well IMHO

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Funny that Alexia and Amalia went outside again to see what was happening.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:13 AM
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Maybe I am simple minded but personally the cutest part of the video for me was when Prince Constantijn carried Alexia up the steps to her mummy and grandma while Laurentien tickcled her chin. I love tender "private" moments like that between family
Yes you will never see something like that between Infanta Cristina with Leonor or Little sofia.I love our Dutch Royal Family.You can see they have a good family realtionship.
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thanks for these beautiful pictures!!!

Letizia is wonderful (as always!lol)!! I love her dress and her hair! so beautiful!!
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:25 AM
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Yes you will never see something like that between Infanta Cristina with Leonor or Little sofia.I love our Dutch Royal Family.You can see they have a good family realtionship.
It reminds me of the winter photo session in Lech when Maxima was holding hands with little Eloise. Also when Laurentien carried Amalia down the aisle at her christening. They seem to be a very loving family
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Yes you will never see something like that between Infanta Cristina with Leonor or Little sofia.I love our Dutch Royal Family.You can see they have a good family realtionship.
I one of the videos you could see the Infanta interacting with the 2 little Princesses
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:26 AM
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Maxima looks stunning. Beautiful dress, necklace, make-up and hair. Letizia's dress is beautiful, but she looks too tired, too thin. Her hair is in two colors with big roots showing. Her arms are way too thin and the hairdo only makes her head look bigger. Sorry, but she was not the best dressed this time. Maxima wins. She looks healthy and so happy and full of life.
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It reminds me of the winter photo session in Lech when Maxima was holding hands with little Eloise. Also when Laurentien carried Amalia down the aisle at her christening. They seem to be a very loving family
They are, I can't wait to see Amalia playing with Leonor!! Both Girls are soooooooooooooo spontaneos.
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