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(VIDEO) News Regarding HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

On May 22, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands opened the new Zorg Onderwijs Centrum van Koninklijke Kentalis in Zoetermeer.

The Koninklijke Kentalis is a:

“…national organization in the Netherlands specializing in providing diagnostic, care and educational services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf blind, as well as to people with severe speech/language impairment or autistic spectrum disorders accompanied by severe speech and language difficulties.”

During today’s opening Her Majesty was given a tour of the new facility and learned what typr of care as well as education Kentalis has to offer their students “…including Ambulatory Care and Ambulatory Services…” 

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(VIDEO) HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the 2015 ARTZUID.

On Friday, May 22, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened the 4th Edtiion of the Biennel Internationale Sculptuurroute ARTZUID 2015 in Amsterdam.

Held under the theme, Een Vertelling in Beelden, curators Mr. Rudi Fuchs and Mr. Maarten Bertheux selected 21 artists from Europe and the United States to showcase their works at the outdoor exhibition.

ARTZUID 2015 will run through September 20, 2015.

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(VIDEO) Members of the Dutch Royal Family Attend an Award Ceremony.

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On the morning of May 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the 2015 Appeltjes van Oranje award ceremony held at Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag.  This year’s theme was Beter voor Elkaar!

The winners of the award went to Steunstichting Voedsel Focus from Amersfoort, Stichting New Dutch Connections from Utrecht, and Stichting Krusada from Bonaire.

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Photo courtesy of the Oranje Fonds

(VIDEO) Two Queens, One Exhibition.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Lange Voorhout in Den Haag to view the exhibition, Vormidable: Contemporary Flemish Sculpture.  This special exhibition is being held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of cultural cooperation between Flanders and The Netherlands.

According to a press release, via the Museum Beelden aan Zee, the exhibition:

“…has over thirty-five participating artists showcasing various themes. Some explore the limits of sculpture by making use of elements borrowed from theatre and performance art, others are primarily engaged with the human condition. In this, probably more traditional, side of Flemish sculpture, the human image recurrently returns, visualizing feelings of angst, doubt and uncertainty.

Other artists seek a more sensory perception of sculpture. A one-person prison that locks for a minute brings a physical experience. As does a transparent plastic in which the visitor assumes a sculptural pose that endures due to a vacuum: the person is ‘suspended’ in the sculpture and breathes through a plastic tube.

Analogous to Belgian surrealism, artists and curators play with the notion of scale in this exhibition. Sculpture of monumental size is on display along the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, while the human scale is presented in Museum Beelden aan Zee – and, in the last exhibition room, dozens of scale models and miniatures are on show.”

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visit the Region of Zeeuws Vlaanderen.

On May 19, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the cities of Terneuzen, Hulst, and Sluis  in the region of Zeeuws Vlaanderen.

A highlight during today’s events was the opening of the Sluiskiltunnel.  According to RVD, the tunnel will improve infrastructure and traffic flow in the region. The tunnel is important for the development of cross-border cooperation between Zeeland and Flanders and the business climate for companies and individuals.

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HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends an Inaugural Lecture.

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On Monday, May 18, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended Professor Javier A. Couso’s inaugural lecture held inside the University Hall at the Universiteit Utrecht. Professor Couso was recently “…appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity…” according to a press release.

Whilst at the Universiteit Utrecht Professor Couso will teach “…comparative law research in collaboration with scholars. [He will also be] contributing to the strategic research theme of ‘Institutions’. He will be based at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (REBO) at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM).”

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Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Open an Exhibit in Oslo.

HM Queen Sonja of NorwayOn Saturday, May 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the exhibit, Van Gogh+Munch, at the Munchmuseet in Oslo.

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Munchmuseet and the Van Gogh Museum, explores the:

“…similarities and connections between these two artists; those that immediately jump out at you as well as those that exist on a deeper level. Rather than uncritically accepting established perceptions, the exhibition will take a closer look at their artistic point of departure, the influences they were exposed to, the development in style and technique and what artistic goals they set for themselves, and in this way create a deeper understanding of why these artists are so often compared to each other.

The exhibition will encompass approximately 75 paintings and 30 works on paper, including about ten comparative works by other artists. Both museums will contribute a discerning selection of major works for the exhibition, complemented by important loans from other museums and private collectors. The catalogue will contain articles related to the exhibition’s various themes, in addition to texts that treat other subjects, such as the artists’ writings and the history of the reception of their work. In addition to articles by the curators of the exhibition, well-known art historians such as Jill Lloyd, Uwe Schneede and Reinhold Heller will also contribute texts.”

Van Gogh + Munch will be open to the public until September 6, 2015.

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TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Concert in Amsterdam.

 

On the evening of May 5, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the 2015 Liberation Day concert in Amsterdam.

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend the Nationale Herdenking in Amsterdam.

On Monday, May 4, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, attended the Nationale Herdenking (National Remembrance ceremony) in Amsterdam.

Held each year this important ceremony commemorates all civilians as well as  members of the Dutch Armed Forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II.

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(VIDEO) Members of the Dutch Royal Family Attend the 2015 Koningsdagconcert.

On April 14, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands attended the 2015 Koningsdagconcert held at the Energiehuis in Dordrecht.

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits Steunstichting Voedsel Focus Amersfoort.

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On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Steunstichting Voedsel Focus (Foundation Food Focus) in Amersfoort.

According RVD, the organization is “…associated with the Food Bank Netherlands, an non-profit organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food…”  

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

PssMaximaOn Thursday, April 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the company, TexelEnergie, in Den Burg.  In 2014 the company was awarded the “…Koning Willem I Plaquette for sustainable enterprise…” according to RVD.

This afternoon, Her Majesty arrived at the Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag to attend the Uitblinkers, a special luncheon held for “…Dutch citizens who have distinguished themselves by outstanding performance in various sectors such as sports, culture, journalism, health care, volunteer work or business…” according to the Dutch photo agency, PPE.

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(VIDEOS) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Denmark.

On the morning of March 17, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, accompanied by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bert Koenders, arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark for a three-day state visit.

The purpose of the visit is to continue the strong and existing trade relations between the Netherlands and Denmark, sustainable wind energy, health care and ensuring the quality of society.  The Dutch royal court also noted that the “…state visit provides an opportunity to strengthen the existing cooperation in the economic and social fields with Denmark. Knowledge and sharing of experiences are the focus of this visit.”

Upon their arrival at the airport Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark and His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg.

Soon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with members of the Danish royal family were whisked off to Fredensborg Slot were they posed for the press. Thereafter, Their Majesties participated in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties, accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, attended a conference entitled, A Socially Coherent Society: Prospects for Societal Development in Denmark and the Netherlands, at Aalborg Universitet.  During today’s gathering:

“…leading Danish and Dutch scholars, publicists and students will present their research as well as compare and contrast developments in their respective societies.

Themes to be addressed include welfare and families, happiness, security and trust, solidarity and immigration. Participants at the symposium will also be invited to join roundtable discussions on ‘Happiness and Well being: Challenges and Solutions’.”

In the evening, Their Majesties, members of the Danish royal family along with various Dutch and Danish government officials attended a gala banquet held at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.

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