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Princess Elisabeth Will Join the Royal Military Academy

  May 21, 2020 at 3:19 am by

Today, Wednesday May 20, the Belgian Royal Palace announced that Princess Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, will join the Royal Military Academy in Brussels for a one-year education. For the past two years the Princess studied at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales and on May 23 she will be officially graduated. On August 31 she is set to start a one-year … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

  May 21, 2020 at 3:17 am by

Tuesday May 19, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to mark the reopening of the museum after the 2 months of closure following the outbreak of COVID-19. During the visit the Royal Couple toured the exhibition of the masterpieces by Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas Cranach and Gerard David. … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Mark Remembrance Day

  May 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm by

Yesterday, Monday May 4th, Remembrance Day, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended the national commemoration held at the Dam Square where took place the wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument at the presence of Prime Minister Rutte, the Mayor of Amsterdam Halsema and President of the National Committee Verbeet. Following the Coronavirus outbreak the commemoration at the Dam Square was without the public. In his speech the King … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Indonesia: Last Day – Sumatra

  March 12, 2020 at 3:29 pm by

Today, Thursday March 12, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima spent their last day of the state visit on the island of Sumatra. Upon their arrival at the airport the Roya Couple was welcomed with the performance of the Tortor Sombah, a traditional Batak dance and then they received an Ulos, a traditional cloth of the Batak people. Afterwards the King and the Queen moved to Lake Toba where … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Indonesia – Day Two: Yogyakarta

  March 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm by

On the second day of the state visit, on March 11, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima moved to the city of Yogyakarta, in the Island of Java. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was officially welcomed by the Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and his wife Ratu Hemas in the Palace, the Kraton Nga Yogyakarta Hadiningrat. During the welcoming ceremony was performed the traditional Lawung Ageng dance then the King … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Begin State Visit to Indonesia

  March 10, 2020 at 11:47 am by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started today, Tuesday March 10, a four-day state visit to Indonesia. The Royal Couple laid a wreath at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in Jakarta in memory of the victims of wars and in particular the Indonesian war of independence. Then the King and the Queen were officially welcomed by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana during a welcoming ceremony held in … Continue reading

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

  March 9, 2020 at 10:48 am by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in Indonesia today, Monday March 9, ahead of their four-day state visit to the country. Upon their arrival at the Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in Jakarta the Royal Couple was greeted with a welcoming ceremony with a guard of honour and Indonesian officials. Afterwards Queen Maxima, as special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Finance for Development, had … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel Attend Sixth Prince Friso Engineers Awards

  March 5, 2020 at 10:12 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday March 4, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel presented the sixth edition of the Prince Friso Engineers Awards at the De Oude Bibliotheek Academy in Delft. The award this year went to Bas Reedijk, Head of Water Department at BAM Infraconsult, that “As department head, Reedijk was intensively involved in various projects, including the development of the XblocPlus , an innovative concrete breakwater element suitable for … Continue reading

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Dutch Photo Session in Lech

  February 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm by

Today, Tuesday February 25, the Dutch Royal Family attended the traditional photo session in the Austrian skiing resort of Lech to mark the start of their winter holiday. The members attending were King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, were also present Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and their children, Countesses Eloise and Leonore and Count Claus-Casimir. The royal family posed … Continue reading

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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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