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Dutch Royals Attend the Opening of the Holland Dance Festival

  January 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm by

On Wednesday January 22, Princess Beatrix and Princess Laurentien were present at the opening of the seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. The festival consists in around fifty performances from around the world that can be seen in theaters in The Hague, Amsterdam, Tilburg and Delft. Performers of the opening night were the German Gauthier Dance Company that showcased five contemporary “classics” in … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Attends National Reading Breakfast Days

  January 22, 2020 at 11:32 am by

Today, Wednesday January 22, Princess Laurentien was present at the launch of the 17th edition of the National Reading Breakfast Days at the Zoetermeer Forum Library, in the province of South Holland. At the presence of toddlers and pre-schoolers, the Princess read “Grumpy Duck”. The book, written and illustrated by Petr Horáček and Joyce Dunbar, was elected Picture Book of the Year 2020 by a jury of Dutch children’s librarians. … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde visits the Province of Liège

  January 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm by

Yesterday, Wednesday January 15, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Liège. King Philippe didn’t attend the visit because he went to Oman to pay his respects after the death of Sultan Qaboos and to meet the new Sultan Haitham ben Tarek. The visit started in the municipality of Lincent where the Queen, along with the governor of the Province and the mayor of the municipality, … Continue reading

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Philippe and Mathilde Celebrate Twenty Years of Marriage

  December 4, 2019 at 7:27 pm by

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde celebrated today, December 4, their 20th wedding anniversary. The then Crown Prince Philippe announced his engagement to Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz on September 10, 1999. The couple married on December 4 in both civil and religious ceremonies. The civil ceremony was held at Brussels Town Hall followed by the religious ceremony the Cathedral of St Michel and St Gudule at the presence of 1200 … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Family Present Prince Claus Award 2019

  December 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm by

Today, Wednesday December 4, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, and Princess Mabel attended the 2019 Prince Claus Prize Award ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. This year the award went to visual artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag from Sudan, a pioneer in African visual art since the 1960s. As Honorary Chairman of the Prince Claus Fund, Prince Constantijn presented the award. Kamala … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Present Erasmus Prize 2019

  November 29, 2019 at 10:11 am by

Yesterday, Thursday November 28, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with Princess Beatrix, attended the Erasmus Prize Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The theme of this year was “Composing for the Present Time”. The King presented this year’s prize to the American composer and conductor John Adams. John Adams, composer, clarinetist, and conductor of classical music and opera, is one of the most performed living composers. He received … Continue reading

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Queen Maxima in Pakistan: November 25-27

  November 28, 2019 at 5:31 pm by

As special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development and at the invitation of the Government, Her Majesty Queen Máxima paid a three-day visit to Pakistan from Monday November 25 to Wednesday November 27. Queen Maxima started the first day of the visit, on Monday November 25, with a meeting in Islamabad at the local UN office organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Receives BAMBI Award

  November 22, 2019 at 9:48 am by

Yesterday, Thursday November 21, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde received the Charity BAMBI Award “for her many years of dedication and personal contribution to the debate on sustainable development and her commitment to social and humanitarian goals”. The ceremony took place at the Festspielhaus opera and concert house in Baden-Baden, Germany, and was broadcasted live on the German TV channel “Das Erste”. In her speech the Queen thanked the organisers for … Continue reading

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Belgian king and Queen visit the Province of West Flanders

  November 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm by

Today, Wednesday November 6, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of West Flanders. The first stop was in the municipality of Ruiselede where they visited the Penitentiary Agricultural Center. This center is located in a former agricultural colony for young people and after the Second World War was transformed into prison for male prisoners. In the center the prisoners are prepared for reintegration … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix Award Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize

  November 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm by

Monday November 4, Her Majesty Queen Maxima, along with Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, presented the Prince Bernhard Cultural Prize 2019 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam. This year the award went to the Dutch Molen (Windmill) Association. Founded in 1923, the association is committed “to the survival, milling and running of the wind and water mills in the Netherlands”. The Dutch Molen (Windmill) Association was … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium Turns Eighteen

  October 25, 2019 at 6:15 pm by

On Friday October 25, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, turned 18. For the occasion was organized a ceremony held in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Brussels. At the ceremony were present Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, the former King Albert II and Queen Paola, Princess Elisabeth’s siblings Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eleonore, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz with their … Continue reading

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Last Day in India for Willem-Alexander and Máxima

  October 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started their fifth and last day of their Indian state visit with a boat trip around Alleppey, a municipality in the South Indian state of Kerala. This area, in 2018, was hit by severe flooding. During the cruise the Royals Couple attended a discussion focused on better water management in order to prevent or limit such natural disasters. Purpose of the discussion was … Continue reading

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Last Day in Luxembourg for Philippe and Mathilde

  October 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm by

On Thursday October 17, King Philippe started the last day of the state visit at the Chamber of Commerce where, along with the Grand Duke, attended a Meet and Greet focused on the Belgian and Luxembourg entrepreneurship followed by a ceremony of signing of memorandums of understanding between Belgium and Luxembourg and a seminar titled “Technology for the Financial Sector: Belgian-Luxembourg Perspectives & Findings”. Then, at the Center Nature and … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to India – Day Four: State of Kerala

  October 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm by

Today, Thursday October 17, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, started the fourth day of the state visit by meeting the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Then the Royal Couple left for the state of Kerala where they will spend the last two day of the state visit. Upon their arrival at the Cochin International Airport, the King and the Queen were welcomed by Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Luxembourg – Day Two

  October 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm by

Today, Wednesday October 16, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their second day in Luxembourg with a separate program. In the morning the King, along with Grand Duke Henri, visited the the Diekirch Military Centre. After the review of the troops it was paid a tribute to the deceased army personnel by laying a wreath of flowers in front of the commemorative plaque. Then the king and the … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Continue in Mumbai Their State Visit to India

  October 16, 2019 at 2:26 pm by

On the third day of the state visit to India, today Wednesday October 16, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima moved on to Mumbai, capital city of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The first visit was at the organization Tiny Miracle. Founded ten years ago by Laurien Meuterten, a former Dutch banker, the organization is focused “on creating sustainable employment and providing social services to employees, such as healthcare and education” … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Begin State Visit to Luxembourg

  October 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm by

At the invitation of Their Royal Highnesses, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started today, Tuesday October 15, a three-day state visit to Luxembourg. The Royal Couple arrived in Luxembourg by train and was welcomed at the Luxembourg Central Station by Grand Duke Henri. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa won’t be present during the state visit because she is recovering from a … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to India – Day Two

  October 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm by

Today, Tuesday October 15, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started their second day in India with the opening of the 25th edition of the India Tech Summit. The Netherlands, this year, is partner of the summit where Dutch and Indian companies, innovators & government meet to co-create innovative solutions for global challenges. The Royal Couple spent two hour at the Tech Summit, they toured the Experience Zone, where … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Begin State Visit to India

  October 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started today, Monday October 14, a five-day state visit to India. The Royal Couple was officially welcomed during a welcoming ceremony held in the courtyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Indian Presidential Palace, in New Delhi. At the ceremony were present the Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, along with his wife Savita Kovind and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Then the King and … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Arrive in India Ahead of State Visit

  October 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in India today, Sunday October 13, ahead of their five-day state visit to the country. Upon their arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi the Royal Couple was greeted with a welcoming ceremony with music and traditional dance. King Willem-Alexander was in the cockpit as a co-pilot. The King and the Queen, along with four Ministers, will visit the … Continue reading

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