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Dutch Royal Family Mark Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm by

On May 4th and 5th, members of the Dutch Royal Family took part in the celebrations to mark Remembrance and Liberation Days. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, on Wednesday May 4th, Remembrance Day, attended a memorial service at the at the Nieuwe Kerk along with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Later the Royal Couple attended the national commemoration held at the Dam Square where took place the … Continue reading

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Dutch New Year’s Receptions

  January 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family attended the Annual New Year’s Receptions on January 12 and 13. The first reception, on Tuesday, was held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. At the reception were present Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ministers, political leaders and members of the Dutch … Continue reading

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The Netherlands Takes Over the EU Presidency

  January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm by

To mark the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, today January 7, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima received the European Commission at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. At the reception were present Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, other members of the committee and the Dutch Prime Minister … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima On Working Visit to New York

  September 30, 2015 at 2:26 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima spent three days in New York from September 27 to 29 on a working visit at the United Nations. The Royal Couple was accompanied by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of the Environment Wilma Mansveld, the Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb, and the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Emen. On … Continue reading

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Japanese WWII Surrender Commemorated in the Netherlands

  August 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm by

Dutch King Willem-Alexander today attended a service at the Indian Monument in The Hague, to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War Two. The King, accompanied by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, laid the first wreath in honour of the victims of Japanese occupation at the monument during the service. Afterwards, the official party met with representatives of the former Dutch East Indian community living in the Netherlands. The Dutch Kingdom … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm by

On May 4th and 5th, the Dutch Royals attended Remembrance and Liberation Day commemorations. Yesterday, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven attend the 70th commemoration of WWII at the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten. Were present some Canadian veterans and the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, along with his wife Laureen. Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven laid wreaths. In the late afternoon, Prince Pieter-Christiaan along with … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Attend MH17 National Memorial

  November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm by

The Dutch monarch and his spouse led mourners today at the national memorial service for victims of the MH17 plane disaster in Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, accompanied by Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, joined 1,600 relatives and friends of the 298 victims for the service which was held at a capacity RAI Conference Centre. In the glow of 298 candles, the names of all … Continue reading

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Canadian Governor-General Visits The Netherlands

  October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima today received the Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, in an audience at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. The royal couple posed for photographs with the Governor-General and his wife Sharon, who wore a deep red dress and matching embroidered overcoat. The Queen recycled a bright pink dress with a feature hem, paired with black accessories. This meeting was followed by a meeting with the Dutch … Continue reading

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Spanish King & Queen Visit the Netherlands

  October 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain paid an introductory visit to their Dutch counterparts today, visiting The Hague. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at Noordeinde Palace, where the two couples greeted each other with friendly hugs and kisses. Obligatory photos were taken, ahead of a private lunch. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia went on to pay a visit to the … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Receive First MH17 Victims

  July 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were yesterday present for a solemn service at Eindhoven Airbase, as the first bodies of victims of last week’s Malaysia Airlines plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands. Representatives of the ten nations which lost citizens in the incident were also present to receive the 40 coffins upon their arrival from the Ukraine on Dutch and Australian military planes. Prince Laurent of Belgium was sent to … Continue reading

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D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

  June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am by

Royals from across Europe, as well as many heads of state, have gathered in Normandy to mark the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied invasion of German-occupied territory which became the beginning of the end of World War Two. This morning, local time, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal British Legion service at the Bayeux Cathedral, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals attend Remembrance & Liberation Day

  May 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm by

On May 4th and 5th, the Dutch Royals attended Remembrance and Liberation Day commemorations. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, on Sunday May 4th, were present at the memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Then in the Dam Square took place the wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument. Two minutes of silence were observed. On the same day, Princess Margriet, along … Continue reading

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President Hollande Visits the Netherlands

  January 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm by

The President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande, yesterday paid a visit to the Netherlands. President Hollande was greeted by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (who repeated the icy blue dress with large bell sleeves first seen in November last year) in the courtyard of Noordeinde Palace, where the King and President inspected a guard of honour before the national anthems of both nations – Wilhelmus and La Marseillaise – were played. The official … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit To The Netherlands

  November 10, 2013 at 5:32 am by

On Friday November 8th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium made an introductory visit to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were received by the King and the Queen of the Netherlands at the Noordeinde Palace. The King and Queen of Belgium were accompanied by the Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. After an audience at the Royal Palace, … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals attend Remembrance and Liberation Day

  May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm by

The commemorations for the Remembrance and Liberation Day coincided, this year, with the first public event for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima after the Inauguration of April 30th. On May 4th, the King along with the Queen and Prime Ministe Mark Rutte attended a memorial service at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. Later, they placed a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

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State Visit from Italy to the Netherlands

  October 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm by

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife Clio started a three-day State Visit to the Netherlands on October 23. They were welcomed by Queen Beatrix on Tuesday at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. In the afternoon the President had a meeting with the Italian community in the Netherlands. The first day ended with a state banquet. Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven were present. In … Continue reading

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State Visit from Turkey to the Netherlands – Day Two

  April 19, 2012 at 6:19 am by

On April 18, the second day of the State Visit, the Turkish President, Abdullah Gül, and his wife Hayrunissa, along with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima, visited the Weekend Academy, a project of the Orange Foundation, in Amsterdam. The project offers young people help with homework, social skills and sports participation to increase their motivation for learning. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima are patrons of the … Continue reading

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State Visit from Turkey to the Netherlands – Day One

  April 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm by

On April 17, the President of Turkey, Mr Abdullah Gül, and his wife started a three-day State Visit to Netherlands. In the morning, the President was welcomed by Queen Beatrix at the Royal Palace on Dam Square, where the two countries’ National Anthems were played. After the welcoming ceremony. the President laid a wreath at the Monument on the Dam. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Amsterdam’s Mayor Eberhard van der … Continue reading

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Belgian, Dutch Royals Attend First Bus Tragedy Funeral

  March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians today attended the first funeral of victims of last week’s Swiss bus tragedy. They were joined by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Switzerland. The service took place at the 5,000-seat Soeverein Arena in Lommel, in northern Belgium where one of the schools involved is located. Among the crowd were Belgian Prime … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Back on Official Duty

  March 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm by

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was back on official duty today, her first engagement since the February 17 skiing accident of her son, Prince Friso. The Queen was in Soesterberg, about an hour’s drive south-west of Amsterdam, to open a new barracks of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit of the Ministry of Defence. The barracks, named Sergeant-Major Scheickkazerne in Dutch, has been named after the first Dutch EOD specialist … Continue reading

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