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mandyy 07-06-2005 02:33 PM

King Willem-Alexander and the International Olympic Committee
 
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British Olympic athlete Daley Thompson (R) celebrates with Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (L) following the announcement that London will host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the 117th IOC Session at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore, 06 July 2005.

PrincessDianafan 08-21-2005 03:57 AM

HRH The Prince of Orange
 
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These are the pictures I personally took of HRH the Prince of Orange at the 117th IOC session.

Lyonnaise 08-22-2005 04:18 PM

Wow, you were really close to him :) Were you working at the time or did you just go to see him?

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincessDianafan
These are the pictures I personally took of HRH the Prince of Orange at the 117th IOC session.


PrincessDianafan 08-23-2005 05:18 AM

I was working at the IOC session. The thing is the floor was very secure and no one without a pass could enter. The Royals were surrounded by some security but you could walk up to them and stand next to them without a problem. The thing is most people here do not follow royal families that much so a lot of the local people did not know who he was. So that was good for me!

purple_platinum 01-27-2006 12:15 PM

King Willem-Alexander and the International Olympic Committee
 
Prince of Orange visits the Winter Olympic in Turnin on February 2006

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/content.jsp?objectid=14161

His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, in his position of member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will visit the 20th Winter Olympic.
The event will take place from Friday 10 February until Sunday 26 February in Turin.

Prior to the Olympic Games, will attend the 118th session of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday 8 February until Friday 10 February.

27 January 2006

ps. CP Haakon from Norway is also going..

Marengo 01-28-2006 08:36 AM

great, can't wait to see him in the Holland Heineken House, where hopefully this time a femela ice skater will be as enthausiastic as swimmer Inge de Bruin during the summer Olympics...I can imagine the german boulevard magazines already!

Maxie 01-28-2006 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo
great, can't wait to see him in the Holland Heineken House, where hopefully this time a femela ice skater will be as enthausiastic as swimmer Inge de Bruin during the summer Olympics...I can imagine the german boulevard magazines already!

You know, I was thinking exactly the same, a couple of days ago. :rolleyes:
But it will be wonderful to see him in the Holland Heineken House, we Dutch do surely know how to throw a good party. :p Just let's hope that some of our skaters will win some gold medals at the Olympics (though I highly doubt it, they're not in shape...yet). It would be funny to see W-A jumping around again. The prince is such a sports enthusiastic, I think it's really great!

crisiñaki 01-28-2006 11:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo
great, can't wait to see him in the Holland Heineken House, where hopefully this time a femela ice skater will be as enthausiastic as swimmer Inge de Bruin during the summer Olympics...I can imagine the german boulevard magazines already!

What happened there?

The Watcher 01-29-2006 06:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crisiñaki
What happened there?

Nothing. But you know, these kind of pictures and german boulevard magazines...:rolleyes:

Source: ANP, 2004
https://img390.imageshack.us/img390/304/08pa.th.jpg

Silvermj 01-29-2006 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Watcher
Nothing. But you know, these kind of pictures and german boulevard magazines...:rolleyes:

Actually, the photos just showed Olympic Joy. The mess :rolleyes: was caused by those german boulevard magazines and increased by every tabloid in the world :( :mad:

But it would be nice if this time if he appears enjoying the triumph of Dutch athletes with Maxima :) !. Is she joining him in Torino this time?

Thanks in advance.

purple_platinum 01-29-2006 01:15 PM

It was only announced that WA is going.
i suppose with 2 princesses to take care, it would be hard to travel, especially if Maxima already have other engagements to attend.
but, yes, it would be great to see maxima there with her husband...

Marengo 02-07-2006 02:30 PM

On RTL-Boulevard it was said that the Prince of Orange already left for Turin, to attend the IOC meeting.

purple_platinum 02-11-2006 07:34 AM

an article in Dutch on WA's IOC membership :

https://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/article216289.ece

crisiñaki 03-16-2006 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by purple_platinum
an article in Dutch on WA's IOC membership :

https://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/article216289.ece

Can anyone translate please?
Thanks in advance:)

dutch royal 03-17-2006 03:35 AM

https://www.volkskrant.nl/volkskrant.nl/images/empty.gifGepubliceerd |zaterdag 11 februari 2006. Gewijzigd|zaterdag 11 februari 02:48 uur.
Interview
Kroonprins dubt over zijn olympische bijbaan
Van onze verslaggever John Volkers

TURIJN - Prins Willem-Alexander werd in 1998 in een kleine storm van publicitair geweld gekozen in het Internationaal Olympisch Comité. De toekomstige koning heeft nog niet besloten zich in 2007 opnieuw te kandideren.

Prins Willem-Alexander, sinds 1998 lid van het Internationaal Olympisch Comité (IOC), heeft nog niet besloten of hij zich volgend jaar opnieuw zal kandideren voor de in sportkringen zeer begeerde post. ‘Dat is de grote vraag’, zei hij gisteren in Turijn.
Er ligt ten eerste de afspraak met de regering dat hij op het moment dat hij de troon bestijgt zijn nevenfuncties neerlegt. Een nieuwe termijn van acht jaar zal hij als toekomstige koning – Beatrix is 68 – niet kunnen volmaken. Over die implicatie liet de kroonprins zich echter niet uit.

dutch royal 03-17-2006 04:03 AM

Translation:
Prince Willem alexander was chosen in 1998 in a little storm of publicity violence in to the IOC. The future king has not decided jet if he is going to be a candidate for the in sportcircles very desirable job in 2007.

"Thats the big question" he said in Torino.

First of all there is a agreement with te gouverment that if he is going to be king, he has to lay all his other activitys beside him. He will not beable to fulfil A new term of 8 years , His mother beatrix is 68 years old.
About those implications , the prince did not respont to that.


Hopefully all englisch speaking and reading forum members can read my translation about Prince Willem alexander in Torino.

Marengo 01-16-2007 05:34 PM

The Prince of Orange withdrew from the IOC commission of evaluation for the 2014 olympic wintergames. After he accepted the chairmanship of the UN-comittee for water and clean sanitation it became clear that he can not combine this with the IOC commission.

info from www.royalblog.nl (and thus GDP newspapers' H. Jacobs)

lucien 03-15-2007 03:55 PM

As a member of the Coordinating Committee Vancouver 2010 HRH The Prince of Orange attended the meeting ( march 6th till 8th)of VANOC,the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics,Vancouver.

lucien 07-05-2007 05:24 PM

HRH has been re-elected for another 8 year term as member of the Intenational Olympic Committee during the 119th meeting of the IOC in Guatamala City today.

lucien 02-27-2008 12:30 PM

King Willem-Alexander and the International Olympic Committee
 
With the Prince of Orange in Vancouver as a member of the IOC Coordination Commission on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games,here's some more info on the how and what:

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE - NEWS

:smile:

HRH will return thursday,just in time to have breakfast with Máxima and President Guebuza of Mozambique and Mrs.Guebuza at Noordeinde Palace.

Marengo 04-08-2008 05:56 PM

Willem-Alexander to the Olympics in China: Yes or No?
 
Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt was interviewed by the programme 'Een Vandaag', he stated that he would prefer it if the Dutch politicians and also the Crownprince would not attend the openings ceremony of the Olympics in China. I think that this call will be heard more frequently the next months, now the protests are becoming more loud.

Marengo 04-14-2008 07:01 AM

On 11 april the programme '1 Vandaag' held a poll, apparently half of the people questioned think that Willem-Alexander should boycot the openingceremony of the Olympics. 42% think that he should attend.

The issue received some attention on the opinion articles of newspapers like Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad. Some are apparently angry that the Prince of Orange as a member of the IOC is partly responsible for bringing the Olympics to China in the first place.

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Meanwhile the smallest party in the government, the Christian Union (CU) has asked for a very sobre Dutch delegation at the Olympics and for the Dutch officials not to attend the opening ceremony. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxima Verhagen (Christian Democrats; CDA) said he would not support that plan.

lucien 04-14-2008 01:21 PM

As to the original question? YES!!

Van Agt,as many of us dutch know,is loosing his marbles one by one.

This trying to create another bs hype is really what's so sickening in dutch society at present.It's none of our bloody business,its a chinese domestic affair,regardless what you say you can not change that,and sports and politics should never ever be mixed up/used & abused.That is my main point.

Besides,so easy,we all have known for the past 12 years that the 2008 Olympics were to be held in Beijing,we should have protested then,but then again,protest against what?And What for?

Jia 04-17-2008 06:41 PM

With the political heads boycotting the opening ceremony,
I thought it would be nice if royals attended since they are somewhat less political.
And if they're members of IOC, it's their reponsibility to bring it to success, isn't it?

lucien 04-18-2008 06:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jia (Post 755081)
With the political heads boycotting the opening ceremony,
I thought it would be nice if royals attended since they are somewhat less political.
And if they're members of IOC, it's their reponsibility to bring it to success, isn't it?

No one substantial will boycot the Opening of the Games just because of domestic trouble.

There is no hype on this issue and there won't be one.All to little too late,the issue had to be addressed at the time China announced it was in the run for this years Olympics.12 Years ago China was in Tibet too,no-one,No-one raised his/her voice then,so they just as well be silent now.

As Members of the International Olympic Committee's of their respective countries ALL members of Royal Houses should attend.

I stress that Sport is far from politics,or should be,and therefore domestic riots are to be ignored.If we start let politics run sport no-one goes anywhere ever again as we all have butter on our heads one way or another,so lets all cut the nausiating hypocrasy please,thank you.

Marengo 04-18-2008 05:31 PM

NOC chairwoman Erica Terpstra is defening the IOC and says that the crownprince has to go to the Olympics as the other officals should do. She is debating with Eric van Muiswinkel on Pauw en Witteman on Ned1 right now, the debate is rather heated.

lucien 04-19-2008 04:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 755471)
NOC chairwoman Erica Terpstra is defening the IOC and says that the crownprince has to go to the Olympics as the other officals should do. She is debating with Eric van Muiswinkel on Pauw en Witteman on Ned1 right now, the debate is rather heated.

van Muiswinkel,Pauw & Witteman?So?They get payed to proclaim nonsense to be thruth and vice versa.They've never ever been in anything serious themselves whatshowever,they're just typical red nobodies trying to pump up the volume while there is none,a huge bubble about to burst,leaving nothing,as they are nothing.P v/d A drammertjes,to be ignored.

lucien 04-23-2008 09:57 AM

HRH is attending the meeting of the Coordination Committee of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics,Sochi,Russian Federation yesterday and today.

Het Koninklijk Huis

Het Koninklijk Huis

lucien 06-03-2008 03:39 PM

HRH,Member of the International Olympic Committee,was on a working visit to London today in the frame of the 2012 London Olympics.

Het Koninklijk Huis

lucien 03-27-2009 12:40 PM

HRH,member of the International Olympic Committee,is in Vancouver as a member of the Coordinating Vancouver 2010 committee.

The coordinating committee supports the organising committee of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Prince is in Vancouver from today till wednesday april 1st.

lucien 09-29-2009 01:17 AM

The Prince,Member of the International Olympic Committee,is headed for Copenhagen where the
121st session of the International Olympic Committee will start on october 3rd.

On thursday the IOC will decide on the who will be the Olympic host city for 2016:

Chicago
Madrid
Rio de Janeiro
Tokyo

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE - ORGANISATION - STRUCTURES

JessRulz 09-29-2009 05:11 AM

:previous:

A special thread, 121st IOC Session and 13th Olympic Congress in Copenhagen; October 1-9, 2009, has been created in the Danish forum where royal-related information, news and photos should be posted; to avoid simultaneous discussion on the same topic occuring in multiple areas of TRF.

lucien 10-01-2009 05:46 AM

HRH has left for Copenhagen today till sunday october 4th and will go there again for the IOC from tuesday october 6th till friday october 9th.

Het Koninklijk Huis

JessRulz 10-04-2009 11:56 PM

A few posts have been moved to the 121st IOC Session and 13th Olympic Congress in Copenhagen; October 1-9, 2009 thread. Please keep the discussion about Willem-Alexander in Copenhagen there.

JessRulz
Dutch Forum Moderator

lucien 02-09-2010 12:56 AM

The Prince of Orange,Member of the International Olympic Committee,and member of the coordinating committee Vancouver 2010,
will attend the 122nd session of the IOC in Vancouver from today february 9th till friday frbruary 12th.

On the 12th the Prince will be joined for the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics by Princess Máxima and the children.:smile:

No,I'm not saying the children will attend the opening too.....;)

lucien 07-03-2011 01:14 AM

Right after the photo-shoot at Tavarnelle tomorrow the Prince of Orange will
leave for Durban,S-A,to attend the Meeting of the International Olympic Committee.

iceflower 07-07-2011 04:39 AM

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Crown Prince Willem-Alexander during the announcement by International Olympic Committee (IOC)
President Jacques Rogge that PyeongChang, South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics during
the 123rd IOC meeting on July 6, 2011 in Durban.


** Pic **

lucien 01-12-2012 01:32 AM

HRH,Member of the IOC,will attend the first Youth Winter Olympic Games at Innsbruck,Austria from friday january 13th till monday january 16th.

HRH will travel straight from the Sultanate of Oman where he joined his mother and wife on a State Visit this past week.

iceflower 01-14-2012 03:10 AM

:previous:


Prior to the opening ceremony of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games Crown Prince Willem-Alexander
attended a reception in Innsbruck, Austria, yesterday, January 13. Prince Albert of Monaco was present
as well.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** source **

iceflower 01-16-2012 05:09 AM

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Crown Prince Willem-Alexander has watched the girl's ski jumping competition during the
Winter Youth Olympic Games in Seefeld, Austria, 14 January 2012.




** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **

Patra 01-16-2012 08:55 AM

I wondered why the Dutch Royal family was not in attendance at Queen M's Danish jubilee celebrations. (aside from the Orman state visit scheduling conflicts)

lucien 01-16-2012 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patra (Post 1359568)
I wondered why the Dutch Royal family was not in attendance at Queen M's Danish jubilee celebrations. (aside from the Orman state visit scheduling conflicts)

Because Queen Margrethe invited her Scandinavian counterparts only as well as TE The Presidents of Finland and Iceland...It was a "Nordic or Scandinavian thing with the neighbours" as was announced...That's all.:smile:

Besides that,you post this in the Prince of Orange's thread...he had/has no say in it and was in Innsbruck

royalfanvivian 01-21-2012 04:57 PM

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in Youth Olympics in Innsbruck

lucien 03-05-2012 11:26 AM

HRH will attend the Olympic Fire Annual Congress 2012 at Sport Center Papendal,Arnhem on thursday march 8th.

The Prince of Orange is a Member of the International Olympic Committee,IOC.

iceflower 03-08-2012 10:45 AM

__________________


Crown Prince Willem-Alexander attended the Olympic Flame annual conference 2012 at the National
Sports Center Papendal in Arnhem today, March 8, 2012.




** ppe gallery ** anp gallery **

lucien 09-05-2013 12:32 PM

King Willem-Alexander and the International Olympic Committee
 
HM will attend the 125th Congres of the IOC in Buenes Aires from Friday september 6th till sunday september 8th .HM used to be a member of the IOC until he became King.

It is by invitation as a special guest by IOC President Mr.Jaques Rogge that HM will attend......and meet the in-laws in the proces no doubt....grin..

dazzling 09-07-2013 12:51 PM

Monaco's Prince Albert II (L) shakes hands with Dutch King Willem-Alexander during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013. The International Olympic Committee meets to elect the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games on September 7 also will consider adding a new sport for the 2020 Olympic program and elect a new president on September 10.

daylife.com picture

iceflower 09-07-2013 03:14 PM

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According to news reposts Willem-Alexander will be appointed honorary member of the IOC during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires. Here are some more pics from today:


** daylife gallery **

iceflower 09-09-2013 02:27 AM

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Yesterday, September 8, IOC President Jacques Rogge presented the Olympic gold order, the highest honour, to King Willem-Alexander during an IOC session in Buenos Aires.


Here's a pic and his speech, as well as a video of the ceremony:


** nos.nl: Koning Willem-Alexander ere-lid IOC **

Tiggersk8 09-09-2013 02:44 PM

Wow!! The Olympic Order is not something that's given to someone not worthy of receiving it. I thought it such a shame he had to step down from his work w/the IOC after ascending the Throne, as he truly did amazing work w/in the Olympic Movement. Good to know he'll still have a role in some manner.

Congratulations to His Majesty!!

Marengo 02-08-2014 02:52 AM

Accoriding to several well respected political pundits, the king has brought the Prime Minister in trouble. The PM has been critisized for his attendance/ the dutch high representation at the Winter Olympics. However, these pundits now say that the PM was forced to go to Sotchi to take the attention away from the king and queen. It was the king who absolutely insisted on going.

lucien 02-08-2014 09:16 AM

Nonsens!The King didn't bring anyone in trouble!As a Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee the King was invited by the IOC to attend...as was GD Henri,Anne,Frederik,Constantine etc etc...Really,that is what I call a load of...Olympic Games are about sports,and allthough I agree in highlighting some issues while there it is NOT the main issue.The main issue is called sports and the athletes that worked their asses off to get there.That is all that counts,anything else is cheap rethorics from a cosy home behind a pc and usely by folks that are so weltfremd they haven't got a clue whats what and where and there's the magical dutch finger pointing by some who want to desperately profile themselves and by lack of acceptable input by themselves pop- up with something they've made up then and there..yeah right..Duh...Ofcourse it is to be expected that some wisecracks think they've just re-invented the wheel,but no..it has been there since thousands of years as has the rethorics over simular occasions in different parts of the world on other occasions.......No.Mark Rutte is there as PM,as are many many of his collegues and that's it!Nada mas.
Btw,Mark Rutte did as promsed and during his talks with Putin yesterday mentioned all issues icluding the anti gay laws...after the talks with Putin Mark called Gordon...( a famous over the top dutch singer and better known here as the Queen Goor....what's in a name...)..to tell him about the talks...Yeah,really a PM in trouble...nope!Far from it.:lol:

Marengo 02-08-2014 10:11 AM

Well, if the Dutch PM telephones with Gordon for advice, I think it is the rest of the country that is in trouble.

Ferry Mingele, Kysia Hekster and other journalists do not agree with your assesment and claim that it was the king who insisted to go to Sotchi and that forced the PM to be dragged along. I wouldn't call them weltfremd though I am sure they sit behind a computer at times. But I am glad that your sources think that they are wrong.

The nice thing about invitations is that they can be turned down. The king wasn't forced to attend. I understand that the IOC is a matter of interest to HM for the last years, but I fail to see why the Dutch delegation needs to be substantialy upgraded for particulary these Olympics.

I doubt it that the king, queen and PM waving an Orange shawl at the opening ceremony of the Olympics will have any effect on the achievements of the sporters in the next weeks btw.

lucien 02-09-2014 06:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1639606)
Well, if the Dutch PM telephones with Gordon for advice, I think it is the rest of the country that is in trouble.

Ferry Mingele, Kysia Hekster and other journalists do not agree with your assesment and claim that it was the king who insisted to go to Sotchi and that forced the PM to be dragged along. I wouldn't call them weltfremd though I am sure they sit behind a computer at times. But I am glad that your sources think that they are wrong.

The nice thing about invitations is that they can be turned down. The king wasn't forced to attend. I understand that the IOC is a matter of interest to HM for the last years, but I fail to see why the Dutch delegation needs to be substantialy upgraded for particulary these Olympics.

I doubt it that the king, queen and PM waving an Orange shawl at the opening ceremony of the Olympics will have any effect on the achievements of the sporters in the next weeks btw.

I doubt them NOT going would have changed any law in Russia.Nope.
Ofcourse A insists,he is a sportsman and in both positions,Monarch and sportsman,above politics.Always.So Kysia et tout have to do their homework first before stating something.:smile:

Marengo 02-09-2014 11:52 AM

There is no reason to believe the NOS reporters did not do their homework. Anyway it is water under the bridge now, let's focus on the medalists instead.

lucien 02-10-2014 01:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 1639823)
There is no reason to believe the NOS reporters did not do their homework. Anyway it is water under the bridge now, let's focus on the medalists instead.

True...all water under the bridge...All everyone cares about are the over the top fantastic results by the Dutch Speedskaters!!!Even Vladimir popped-in at the party at the Holland Heineken House for Ireen Wüst!!

https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1725673

Courtesy Robin Utrecht!:lol:

Marengo 02-14-2014 05:40 AM

The Volkskrant (comparable to the Guardian), seems to be holding a campaign against the king in Sotchi. Some articles:

'De koning is te veel sportliefhebber en te weinig staatshoofd' - Winterspelen - VK

'the king is too much a sportsfan and too little a head-of-state'
critique on his decision to go to Sotchi no matter what. And the PM allowed this. Also criticism on him drinking beer with Putin.

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'In godsnaam, je bent koning, trek een pak aan, en gedraag je!' - opinie - VK

'In God's name, you're a king, wear a suit and behave'
He is behaving like a 22 y/o member of a student association. Esp. this letter sent to the newspaper by a lady (Roelien Dekker) from Wijhe received a lot of attention.

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Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm: 'De koning moet zichzelf nog een beetje uitvinden' - 4 Uur Nieuwsbreak - VK

'the king still needs to invent himself a little' ; his mother was more gracious. But WA is different.

Susan Smit: 'Koningspaar lijkt vooral in Sotsji te zijn voor leuk privé-uitje' - 4 Uur Nieuwsbreak - VK
'The king and queen seem to be in Sotchi for a fun private outing' by author Susan Smit.

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Ophef over hossende koning bij Spelen in Sotsji - Binnenland - Reformatorisch Dagblad
Other newspapers followed. The extremely Orangist Reformatorisch Dagblad: interviews a lady who has critisism. She says that his behavior is unworthy of a king.

And another article: Commentaar: Koning vergat de waardigheid van zijn ambt in Sotsji - Commentaar - Reformatorisch Dagblad
The king forgot the dignity of his position in Sotchi. They add a warning from the bible: 'Pity the country where the king is a child'.

NRC:
Beatrix had dit nooit zo gedaan | nrc.next | dinsdag 11 februari 2014
'Beatrix would never done it this way' (= drinking beer with Putin).

etc. etc.

And there are many other forums, newspapers etc. comparing his behavior to that of a child or corpsbal (student who is a member of a student corps, who usually play field hockey, are boisterous, have rich parents, drink too much beer and are unable to pronounce the letter 'r'). However, I think that the vast majority actually likes the kings behavior.
Personally i think it would be rather foolish of the king to run away from Putin, so he was stuck with the beer & drinking buddy.

Elenath 02-14-2014 06:34 AM

^^ I agree. As far as I can tell the only people who mind are the ones writing these articles. Most "ordinary" people like this part of our king.

Marengo 02-14-2014 10:00 AM

The prime minister called the people with criticism 'zeurpieten' (naggers?). He added that it is difficult for grown-ups to be enthausiastic about anything, but we should be proud that we have a king who does. Not the cleverest statement since it implies that he compares the king to a child, which was exactly what some of the 'zeurpieten' did.

LIVE Sotsji dag 7: Rutte hekelt

Lee-Z 02-14-2014 12:01 PM

Well, i have to admit that on the first speedskating days the comparison to a little boy who was on his first outing and meeting his sporting-idols came to my mind too :lol:
But they are involved and enthousiastic and i'd rather see that than a blase 'been there, done that' kind of person.

And yes, his mother would *never* have behaved like this, but we knew from the start that WA is different than her; i can well imagine his grandmother getting enthousiastic like him...

gerry 02-15-2014 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lee-Z (Post 1641080)
Well, i have to admit that on the first speedskating days the comparison to a little boy who was on his first outing and meeting his sporting-idols came to my mind too :lol:
But they are involved and enthousiastic and i'd rather see that than a blase 'been there, done that' kind of person.

And yes, his mother would *never* have behaved like this, but we knew from the start that WA is different than her; i can well imagine his grandmother getting enthousiastic like him...

Agree that Princess Juliana would probably have jumped with joy: think btw of Queen Elizabeth watching her horse win the Gold Cup at Ascot:whistling:
I find nothing wrong with the King showing his enthusiasm, egged on, no doubt by his (in)famously passionate Queen! :flowers:


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