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Old 10-26-2017, 08:14 PM
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It is indeed the minister of Health, Welfare and Sport that wears weird shoes (and not the new minister of Finance, so apparently it doesn't help much to get known).

Hugo de Jonge is known to wear characteristic shoes all the time, so it is not just something for the last two days but his personal style and trademark. Apparently he didn't want to change that for today...

Futhermore, I would hope most people would be familiar with Zijlstra and Slob as the former leaders of their parties in parliament. And Wiebes and Dekker were state secretaries previously, so should be known by at least some as well.
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Yes the new minister of Health and his shoes, sorry for my confusion with the new minister of Finances. The new minister of Finances (Wopke Hoekstra) and the new minister of Health (Hugo de Jonge) are both jeune premiers from the same party (the Christian-Democrats). I still have to get used to the who-is-who.

I agree with Marengo that Noordeinde Palace (we saw the 17th C front cour for the arrival, the Putti Chambre for the signing of the Royal Decree with the appointments, the Empire-style Grand Ballroom for the investiture of the ministers, the Rococo-style Small Ballroom for the group-photo, the 19th C back cour for the second group photo) looked better than expected. All by all it was a surprisingly interesting event to watch.

I thought the King looked solemn and regal during the Investiture. He welcomed the ministers and did request the director of the Kabinet van de Koning to read the proceedings. The image was that of a man in charge and in control indeed. I liked the formality and the organization of the event.


The eternal nagging of ministers as "filling their pockets from taxpayers' money" can not be sustained.

These two gentlemen (picture) are the new minister of Justice (Ferdinand Grapperhaus) and the young new minister of Finance (Wopke Hoekstra) and both will earn lots less now, as a minister.

Mr Grapperhaus was CEO at the prestigious law firm Allen & Overy, Mr Hoekstra was Partner at McKinsey. Meaning that both have given up well-paid positions to serve in the Government. A minister earns some € 170.000,-- a year (circa US $ 200,000.--). Not too bad, but their former salaries had one zero more, to say.

Especially for the young Mr Hoekstra, still in the middle of his career, giving up his partnership in McKinsey is remarkable (and in my eyes also admirable because of commitment to the public service). Of course a successful ministership of Finance of an AAA-rated solvable country as the Netherlands will not be a too dirty spot on his curriculum vitae. Almost all former ministers of Finance ended high up in the world of haute finance or multinationals.
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King Willem-Alexander made a working visit to the Defense Helicopter Command in Gilze-Rijen today, October 27:


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King Willem-Alexander was be present at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Foundation Ideal Advertising in Amsterdam today, October 30:


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Old 10-30-2017, 03:43 PM
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Idealistic would be a better translation. The foundation is known for its campaigns to encourage people to do the right thing/raise awareness around social issues. Campaigns include: let boys be boys (which resulted in quite some criticism), don't experiment with fireworks (the Dutch do their own fireworks on New Year's Eve individually or with neighbours, so no shows), you are the society (a call to contribute to society and take action if you see something bad happening).
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Thank you for the additional information, Somebody!


Today, October 31, King Willem-Alexander attended the national celebration '500 years Reformation' in Utrecht:


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Today, November 1, King Willem-Alexander welcomed the Ambassadors of El Salvador and Egypt, swore in the new Commissioner of the King in the province of Drenthe as well as a new member of the State Council in Den Haag:



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And in the afternoon he opened the new Rijnstraat 8 building in Den Haag:



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King Willem-Alexander was present at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rutgers in Utrecht today, November 2.
Rutgers is an international centre of expertise on sexual and reproductive health and rights.


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King Willem-Alexander friday, uniformed, paid a working visit to units of the Army in Bergen-Hohne in Germany.

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King Willem-Alexander was present at a festive meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the municipality of Lelystad today, November 15, and visited Zuiderzeewijk:



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Today, November 20, King Willem-Alexander received the chairman of the Lower House fraction of the VVD at Noordeinde Palace. It's been the first of a series of receptions for chairmen from the Lower House and ministers from the Rutte III cabinet:


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King Willem-Alexander made a working visit to the Beukbergen caravan centre in Zeist this morning, November 22:


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King Willem-Alexander met with CDA party leader Sybrand Buma and PVV party leader Geert Wilders at Noordeinde Palace yesterday, November 22:



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King Willem-Alexander made a working visit to the Beukbergen caravan centre in Zeist this morning, November 22:


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Great to see the King having interest in the life of Roma, Sinti, Travellers and gypsies.
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One of the children wondered whether the king was Saint Nicholas. The King remarked that the Saint looks a little different...
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Today, November 28, King Willem-Alexander made a working visit to Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman, a multi-function support ship for amphibious operations of the Dutch and German Navy. The ship had returned home after providing hurricane emergency assistance in the Caribbean.


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King Willem-Alexander has sworn in a new member of the Council of State at Palace Noordeinde today, November 29:


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King Willem-Alexander is making a working visit to police station Woerden today

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Here's an additional gallery of his visit today:


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King Willem-Alexander received the Ambassadors of Nigeria and Andorra and swore in new Councilors of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands today, December 6:



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