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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Nationaal Militair Museum.

PrinceofOranjeOn December 11, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the Nationaal Militair Museum at the Park Vliegbasis Soesterberg.

According to RVD, the museum highlights:

“…[the] meaning of the Dutch armed forces of the past, present and future. Personal stories of soldiers from all ranks and times are illustrated by the extensive collections of the Army and Air Force. In addition to large objects such as tanks and aircraft, six theme areas where all aspects of the armed forces are discussed.”

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Presides Over a Ceremony in Den Haag. (VIDEO)


On Thursday, December 4, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands presided over the Militaire Willems-Orde (Knight of the Military Order of William) held at the Binnenhof Square in Den Haag.

According to RVD, the Militaire Willems-Orde is “…the highest Dutch Knighthood for Courage, Tact, and Loyalty in the Army…” The recipient of the Militaire Willems-Orde went to Major Gijs Tuinman.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits KOTUG.

MaximaOn Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the company, KOTUG, in Rotterdam.

KOTUG is an:
“…international maritime service provider which has built its reputation as a competitive and innovative player in the maritime industry for harbour towage, coastal & deep sea towage, salvage and emergency response, tug management, chartering, brokerage, offshore services and assistance to dredging industry.”

For more information about today’s visit as well as to view photos please visit KOTUG’s official website here.

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. (VIDEOS)

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 3rd Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition seminar in Amsterdam. During today’s meeting Her Majesty received a copy of the DSGC’s report entitled, Sustainable Innovation.

According to RVD, within the report are:
“…examples of innovative products and partnerships that contribute to solving social challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, hunger, health care, sanitation and poverty.

The seminar and the DSGC report underlines the role of business in achieving climate and sustainable development adopted by the United Nations in 2015.”

Earlier in the day, Her Majesty arrived at Nordwin College in Leeuwarden to visit the offices of the S-Team van Stichting Het Buro. The S-Team “…connects volunteers, 1-on-1, with students to prevent early school absence…” according to the news agency, PPE.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the 2014 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs.

maximaOn Monday, December 1, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2014 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs held at the Theater Amsterdam in Amsterdam.  The winner of this year’s award went to theatre director, Mr. Johan Simons.

The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prijs, worth 150,000 Euros, is:

“…is awarded annually to a person or institution with a great track record in the field of culture and nature in the Netherlands.  [Mr. Simons received the award] for his great services to the theater arts at home and abroad. He has a unique form of theater developed that was another factor, and for Dutch theater. By continuing to support new actors and directors, he also brings a distinct contribution to the development of talented theater.”

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Blue Energy Test Facility. (VIDEO)


On November 26, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the Blue Energy test facility on the Afsluitdijk in Breezanddijk.

According to the Associated Press, Blue Energy:

“…takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity.

One reason to try the system in the Netherlands is geography: the Rhine and Meuse rivers both meet the sea here. The plant is strategically located on the Afsluitdijk, the huge dike that turned part of the North Sea into a freshwater lake in the 1930s.

The multiyear project, funded by a mix of government and corporate sponsors, seeks to improve the system’s efficiency until it is a profitable electricity source.”

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens a New Building in Westbeemster.

Princess Maxima 2011On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands opened the new CONO Kaasmakers (cheesemakers) building in Westbeemster.

And, that’s it.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the 90th Christmas Market in Rotterdam. (VIDEO)

On November 13, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the 90th Christmas Market at the Noorse Kerk in Rotterdam.

Proceeds from the sale of items sold at the Christmas market will “…benefit the preservation of the church…” according to the news agency, PPE.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Kulturhus Trefkoele +. (VIDEOS)

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the Kulturhus Trefkoele + in Dalfsen.

According to RVD, the Kulturhus Trefkoele is a 7700 square meter community center for the residents of the municipality.  The center contains a library, child care, a youth club, an elderly club and much more. 

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend the 2014 Erasmusprijs.

KingWAOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2014 Erasmusprijs held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.  The theme of the 2014 Erasmusprijs: Theatre, Audience and Society.

This year the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum (Praemium Erasmianum Foundation) awarded the prize to Belgian festival director and curator, Ms. Frie Leysen.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the 2014 World Cities Culture Forum.

WAKingOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the opening of the 2014 World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

The World Cities Culture Forum is a:

“…collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities.  [The two-day event brings together] city leaders, cultural experts and senior representatives from more than 25 cities around the world [who] will work together to explore the vital role of culture in the prosperity of global cities.

[The WCCF] will include interactive sessions and working groups, with Amsterdam’s approach to cultural policy used as the starting point for discussion between partner cities about their own successes, the challenges they face and what they might learn from each other.”

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News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

maximaOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the organization, Villa Joep, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Established in 2004 Villa Joep is committed to fight against neuroblastoma one of the most deadly forms and most common of childhood cancer.  According to the official website for Villa Joep the aim of the organization “…is fundraising. Many initiatives like spinning events, marathon runs and other smaller local activities, all contribute to the fundraising program of Villa Joep.”

During today’s visit Her Majesty met with patients as well as staff who were participating in an art workshop at the Stedelijk Museum.  The theme of the workshop, according to RVD, Hoe Word ik Een Kunstenaar?

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Launches a New Campaign in Utrecht.

PrinceofOranjeOn November 11, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived at the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht to participate in the launch of the Oranje Fonds new campaign, Maatjes Gezocht (Buddies Wanted).

According to RVD, Maatjes Gezocht are:

“…volunteers who offer individuals support and friendship.  That may include helping those with learning new skills, the acquisition of new knowledge or by providing social contact.  There are language buddies, mentors to support young people in school, buddies for people with mental illnesses, and buddies to help people network and make new friends.” 

After today’s launch His Majesty viewed the Museum Catharijneconvent’s new exhibition, Ik Geef om Jou! Naastenliefde Door de Eeuwen Heen.

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