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Old 12-17-2019, 05:55 AM
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Many visits today for the King!


During a working visit to the Dutch Public Broadcaster (NPO) in Hilversum.

https://www.anpfoto.nl/royalimages/s...ventid=6001885

https://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?...19%20Hilversum


During a working visit at Xycarb Technology in Helmond. The visit focuses on safety policy and safety culture in the workplace

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and the Gala of Astronomy in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden.

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When being asked about his favourite music he answered he was a big fan of U2, that he liked Guns N' Roses whereas he didn't like the music of the Spice Girls, and that he used to put together cassette tapes with radio hits when he was younger.


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Here's a video from this morning:


** gids.tv: Willem-Alexander bezoekt radio: "Ik houd van Guns N' Roses en U2" **
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King Willem-Alexander received the Ambassadors of Colombia, Serbia and South Korea and swore in a new member of the Supreme Court today, December 18:




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The Christmas message of the King Willem Alexander



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Excellent speech by HM!!
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The words touched me. Very warm and fatherly. I also liked the setting, the vestibule with the warm colours, the portrait of Frederik Hendrik of Nassau and Amalia von Solms. What was the big portrait at the right? Anne of Great-Britain and Hannover? That would make sense: Frederik Hendrik and Amalia founded the main part. Willem IV and Anne the two side-wings. These four ancestors are the most important in the history of the palace.
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Is there a translation of the speech floating somewhere?
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Is there a translation of the speech floating somewhere?
I will look for it, but for me the best part was (probably with Instagram-era in his mind) about the zest for being happy, for being successful, for being perfect:

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In these days of the year, now that Christmas brings some calmness into the hectic pace of everyday life, doubts can also arise. Am I doing well? Do I make the right choices? Am I really happy?

That pursuit of happiness is beautiful, but it should not become an obsession. Grief may also be there. Doubts, and feelings of loneliness, may also be there. Failures and setbacks are also part of life.

In the pursuit of happiness and success, we can sometimes run over ourselves. As free people, we want to get the best out of life and blame ourselves if that fails. We mirror ourselves to others, we set the bar high and we like to present a perfect version of ourselves to the outside world. As if there is a taboo on uncertainty and shortcomings.

I also say this to young people. Don't worry too much if things go wrong. Give yourself some space.

It is okay.

Happiness cannot be forced. It is elusive. It suddenly comes as a gift from heaven.

[.....] "
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Whilst the speech of the king was perfectly fine they could at least have used a Poinsettia on a garland to make it look a little festive.
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The words touched me. Very warm and fatherly. I also liked the setting, the vestibule with the warm colours, the portrait of Frederik Hendrik of Nassau and Amalia von Solms. What was the big portrait at the right? Anne of Great-Britain and Hannover?

Do you mean Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (eldest daughter of King George II) ?
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Indeed it is the portrait of that Pss Anne that is hanging on the walls. She is usually referred to as 'Anne of Hanover' here in the Netherlands. A fitting honor indeed as she and her husband were the ones that enlarged the palace and created the vestibule where their portraits now are.
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Indeed it is the portrait of that Pss Anne that is hanging on the walls. She is usually referred to as 'Anne of Hanover' here in the Netherlands. A fitting honor indeed as she and her husband were the ones that enlarged the palace and created the vestibule where their portraits now are.
Besides the paintings, it is also visible on the chimneys directing the enlargements to the left and to the right. The one has a gilded "windvaan" (weather vane) with the monogram W (Willem IV) with a princely crown and the other has a gilded "windvaan" with the monogram A (Anne) with a British crown. See picture: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sPgoX0m91...-rvb-08368.jpg

The princely crown of Willem IV is still used in Dutch and Luxembourg heraldica. In fact, as kings, the crown should have a red velvet cap inside, but King Willem I thought an open crown was esthetically more pleasing. The Arms of Prince Willem IV with the open crown: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._Hosenband.svg
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Indeed it is the portrait of that Pss Anne that is hanging on the walls. She is usually referred to as 'Anne of Hanover' here in the Netherlands. A fitting honor indeed as she and her husband were the ones that enlarged the palace and created the vestibule where their portraits now are.
Thanks for the information Marengo - a nice little inclusion!
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In 1750 two portraits were commissioned, to be painted by Johann Valentin Tischbein, of Willem IV and of Anne. Since then in the royal collection. Both were hanging in the vestibule. This is the one which was visible during the Christmas Address:

The Princess of Orange
Anne of Great-Britain and Hanover, The Princess Royal
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King Willem-Alexander visit today the Zadkine Vocational School Schoonhoven. This year Vakschool Schoonhoven is 125 years old.


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Some more photos of the anniversary visit can be found here:



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** gettyimages: NLD: King Willem-Alexander Visits Zadkine School For its 125th Anniversary In Schoonhoven **
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King Willem-Alexander received Esther Ouwehand, Chairwoman of the parliamentary group and party leader for the Party of the Animals today, january 20:


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King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the Zelfregiecentrum homeless centre in Weert today, January 21:



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And one to the municipality of Peel and Maas:


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I will look for it, but for me the best part was (probably with Instagram-era in his mind) about the zest for being happy, for being successful, for being perfect:

"[.....]

In these days of the year, now that Christmas brings some calmness into the hectic pace of everyday life, doubts can also arise. Am I doing well? Do I make the right choices? Am I really happy?

That pursuit of happiness is beautiful, but it should not become an obsession. Grief may also be there. Doubts, and feelings of loneliness, may also be there. Failures and setbacks are also part of life.

In the pursuit of happiness and success, we can sometimes run over ourselves. As free people, we want to get the best out of life and blame ourselves if that fails. We mirror ourselves to others, we set the bar high and we like to present a perfect version of ourselves to the outside world. As if there is a taboo on uncertainty and shortcomings.

I also say this to young people. Don't worry too much if things go wrong. Give yourself some space.

It is okay.

Happiness cannot be forced. It is elusive. It suddenly comes as a gift from heaven.

[.....] "
Thank you Duc !

I saw on Twitter that His Majesty flew again on recently. He & Queen Máxima should teach us all about time management. I love how they have both managed to keep some space for their passions outside of their main jobs.
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H.M.The King held an audience for SGP chairman, Mr. Peter Schalk at the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague.

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