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Old 09-15-2009, 08:19 AM
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I just caught the end of the live feed. Maxima looks smashing as do Her Majesty and the other Royal ladies. It looks cold out. I agree that this year is special to the Dutch people and the Queen.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:20 AM
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The Hague this afternoon

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Old 09-15-2009, 09:30 AM
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Queen Beatrix speaks during the annual opening of parliament at the Ridderzaal, the house of parliament in The Hague, The Netherlands (15/09/ 2009).

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Old 09-15-2009, 10:26 AM
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great pictures, maxima was the absolute star of the day!
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:27 AM
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:32 PM
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The are magical pictures. I always think that this and the opening of Parliament in the UK, and the New Years Court in Denmark are the hightlight of the royal year. So stately, and royal in my mind. Everyone looks beautiful aswell.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:03 PM
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wow! they do not stop! just arriving fron new york, and it does not look on them the change of hours have affect them, they look marvellous! I am not crazy about the dress or hair piece but overall she looks great specially after such an hectic agenda in new york and a long flight too!
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:52 PM
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According to RTL boulevard the dress that princess Máxima wore was designed by Jan Tamineau, a youbg Dutch designer who also designed the mail bag jacket the princess wore in New York.

There was extra security this year, but not as drastic as in some previous years (f.e. in the 70-ties when there was the thread of the kidnappers from the Molukken).

ANother controversy: the contents of HM's speech was already leaked to the press by a labour parlamentarian, who is suspended for 1 month.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:23 AM
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Wow, for the first time I don't like anyone's dress - I don't think that color really suits Beatrix, Margriet's is just rather dull, and Maxima's and Laurentien's outfits just don't seem very remarkable. However, I love Maxima's headpiece (in contrast to Laurentien's, which is sort of scary-looking), and her hair really looks beautiful.

And I love these pictures - having a private conversation, girls? ;-)

http://www.royalimages.nl/search.pp?...10831372&pos=7
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Seriously, though I do always wonder what royals talk about when they're out on the balcony.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:31 AM
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ANother controversy: the contents of HM's speech was already leaked to the press by a labour parlamentarian, who is suspended for 1 month.
People can't know the content of HM's speech??
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:17 AM
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People can't know the content of HM's speech??
The contents of the Speech are secret untill HM speaks but the Speech used to be given to both MP's and journalist under embargo,meaning not to publish or bring anything in it out in the open till the actual day,Prinsjesdag.

This labour critter leaked the whole thing to a political journalist as this year was the first time the journalists didn't get it in advance due to the previous years of leaking and having no respect for a simple discretion.

The MP is suspended but as he has no respect to Parliament and just fills his owns pockets by giving it all to Westerman,(the journalist I mentioned who is so over the top on himself he thinks "The Hague" is nowhere without him) I want him out of Parliament.And without any funds in his pocket for the next year and a half,just out pennyless.Socialists!Bah,what a conniving pocketfilling lot with a holyer than thou attitude.Fuerra!

They will have to respect that it is HM who is left to announce whatever the Governments concoctions are for the next year,which is an un-gratefull task on itself if you look at the nonsense in the contents,not some simple creepy no-good.

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Wow. The queen and princess maxima looked amazing! Wonderful!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:35 AM
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Speech from the Throne by HM.In english:

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I love seeing the Royal Family arrive in the carriage! There is just something so regal, so fairytale-like about that gorgeous golden carriage. Thank you for the links to the photos!
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I have been away for a little bit, but did Princess Maxima cut her beautiful hair? I really didn't like her style this year. IMHO
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:12 PM
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I think it is just her hairstyle. I agree, I don't like her dress. It is not flattering on her body.
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A glittering occasion as Maxima and Willem mark Prince's day in The Hague - hellomagazine.com (16/09/2009).
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La Familia Real holandesa celebra el tradicional DÃ*a del PrÃ*ncipe en La Haya
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:53 AM
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From dutchnews.nl:

Quote:
Royals good value for money, says minister

Wednesday 16 September 2009
The Dutch royal family is more than good value for money, finance minister Wouter Bos said on Wednesday, in response to suggestions that queen Beatrix's budget should be cut as one of the government's planned cost savings.
On Tuesday, it emerged government spending on the royal family will be at least €40m this year, excluding the cost of security, state visits and maintaining the palaces. Of that Beatrix gets a 'salary' of €834,000 and almost €4.3m in expenses.
Read the entire article here.

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Aparently the royal family is the most popular thing where people want to cut costs, in general surveys. This is hardly surprising, though not very effective as we can only save a few million while there is a defecit of billions. Anyway, the Labour minister of finance felt like he needed to defend the monarchy, as you can read in the article above.
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