Short break for the Dutch Crown Princely family in Friesland

  May 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm by

Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima and their daughters, Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane took a short holiday break at Friesland, at the region of Frisia. The region is a popular touristic area of the Netherlands, where people visit its lakes and islands of the Wadden Sea. The family seems to have opted to do just that, and is doing so aboard the Groene Draek, sailboat of HM Queen Beatrix. The yacht was a present by the Dutch people to the then Princess Beatrix to mark her 18th birthday.

They visited the village of Koudum surrounded by the Fluessen lake on Wednesday evening to follow the next day by the small town of Woudsend. There, they dined at the famous pub ‘It Ponkje’ situated in an old church. Woudsend is an important sailing village with ship-building history dating back to the 14th century. Perhaps it was because of this reason that the family decided to spend the night on the yacht at the harbour ‘De Rakken’ instead of spending the night in a hotel.

A funny anecdote occured when Catharina-Amalia chatted to a worker of the harbour and excitedly showed him a lipstick (‘look what I have!’). The family reportedly visited the local supermarket on Friday morning.

The couple is expected to already be in The Hague, as they will participate in the State Visit from Chile by President Michelle Bachelet.

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