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The King and Queen of the Netherlands Meet with Members of the European Commission.

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met with members of the European Commission at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam this afternoon.  The purpose of today’s meeting was held on the occasion of the beginning of the Dutch European Presidency.

Discussions during the meeting focused on “…jobs and growth, climate change and combating terrorism…” according to RVD.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/K. van Weel

News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

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On Thursday, January 7, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Hermitage in Amsterdam to witness the signing of a loan between the Europese Investeringsbank (EIB) and Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland (QMN).   Her Majesty is a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance.

The €100 million loan to QMN, established by the Ministerie van Economische Zaken and the European Investment Fund for Strategic Investments, would provide more loans to Dutch startup companies and entrepreneurs. 

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Photo courtesy of the Ministerie van Economische Zaken

HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the 2016 Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs.

koningin-maxima-okt-15-lOn the afternoon of Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2016 Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs award ceremony during the Keukenhof Flower Show in Lisse.  The theme of this year’s award: Future proof Ondernemen.

Established in 1986, the award raises awareness in horticulture as well as to generate interest in promoting the positive developments in the horticultural sector through innovative and sustainable entrepreneurship. 

The winner to the 2016 Tuinbouw Ondernemersprijs went to Boomkwekerij Ebben.

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Photo courtesy of RVD

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Delivers His 2015 Christmas Speech.

On December 25, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands delivered his 2015 Christmas message.  The pre-recorded speech was filmed at Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar earlier this week.

Below is a rough translation of His Majesty’s speech.

“Christmas gives us a moment of reflection. To get away from the daily flow of events can be more clearly where we believe in ourselves and that we ourselves stand for.

It is also a need, now that Europe is facing one of the biggest challenges of the past few decades. The attacks in Paris are still fresh in our memory. In the regions around us are large groups of people through terror and violence adrift. They search in the Netherlands a safe haven and a chance at a better life.

Many people in the Netherlands are worried about the future and wonder how we can protect our own way of life in a world which we can not close us.

What is particularly close to our heart, our freedom and ability to make our own choices. That freedom is fought so hard and put so many sacrifices!

In May this year my wife and I in Canada. We spoke to a group of Canadian veterans. One of them was the 90-year-old Bud Hannam. In 1945 he fought in the battle for the liberation of Apeldoorn. He told how he then looked back and his words made a big impression on me. He said, “It cost me my youth. But I feel that it was’ t worth afterwards. To see the freedom … and the joy of the people who were liberated. “

Freedom is so essential to the Netherlands, from the very beginning. At King’s Day this year we were in the Court of the Netherlands in Dordrecht, which took place in 1572 the first Free State Congress. There we signed along with other Dutch, the text: “Here the foundation was laid for an independent country. Where you are free to think what you think, believe what you believe and be who you are. “

What we have done with the freedom that has fought so hard over the centuries? Very Good! We have built a democratic state that belongs in many ways the strongest in the world. With a high level of prosperity and amenities. And with millions of citizens who selflessly for others. I spent the past year many of them met and talked. Great what you’re doing!

There is in our country to do much important work to involve everyone. Some feel abandoned and insufficiently heard. But our country – our place in the world – is precious to us. Netherlands is a country to call home.

Yet this did not make us invulnerable to worry and anxiety. About events overtake us and that we can not cope. About achievements that are not obvious.

Of course we want to protect what is dear to us. We do not stop our fear away or deny. But we must also not give the reins of our life and let him dominate our society through. Tranquility and mutual trust are friends of freedom. “Do not be afraid,” the angel in the Christmas night to the shepherds in the field.

When it comes to major challenges to show what we stand together, our democracy and our constitutional state. It is essential that people are the dignity and at peace with one another can continue to differ. Peace is not for the idle. It requires courage to listen to each other and their own ideas to keep critically. This courage is required from all of us, now we must work together to find a way in a turbulent time. The challenge is now to show what we together as liberated country are really worth.

In times like these is again clear how much we share with the countries around us. Belief in freedom. Respect for the life of every human being and for everyone’s right to make their own choices. Solidarity with those who really need our help. Concern for the future of our planet, as this month appeared in Paris, where the European countries united marched.

These values ​​are the heartbeat of our society. They are essential for us as free people and always give us the strength to continue.

Our combined strength farther and connects more than we sometimes think. We do not crawl back into our shell. On the contrary. What fits, is proud of our free and open way of life. Our belief that everyone in our Kingdom on an equal footing should be able to participate. And our law that protects what is defenseless and prevents only be heard the loudest voices.

The complex world in which we live is not as challenges more difficult than that for generations had to face before us. Who listens to veterans and persecuted and the diehards who have built our country after the war with scarce resources again, realizes that.

According to the apostle Paul, freedom is a calling. I have great confidence in the ability of our country – even now – to respond to this call and to remain a community of free people.

I wish all of you – wherever you happen to be and how well are your personal circumstances – a blessed Christmas.”

HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Première of Juliana: Moeder van het Volk, Over Koningschap en Emancipatie.

prinses-beatrix-okt-15-sOn the evening of Saturday, December 19, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the première of the theatre reading of Juliana: Moeder van het Volk, Over Koningschap en Emancipatie, held at the Stadsschouwburg  in Amsterdam.

Directed by Mr. John Leerdam tonight’s performance is an ode to the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands who was viewed as a “…role model for many women in the Netherlands, the former Netherlands Antilles and Suriname…” according to RVD.

Overall, in a press release via Stadsschouwburg, the theatre reading of Juliana is a tribute to a:

“…human queen, but also a story about emancipation. Juliana is put down as a confident queen who is involved in world politics. At the same time she struggles with her ​​dependence on her mother and her husband, Prince Bernhard. She ruled in an era where men had to say, but had an eye for the emerging women’s emancipation. Through her ​​example – as queen, wife and working mother – Juliana gave women throughout the kingdom the space to develop as well.”

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(VIDEO) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits SHAPE.

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On Thursday, December 17, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium.

According to a SHAPE press release His Majesty was warmly welcomed to the headquarters by the:

“…Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Philip Breedlove as well as senior military commanders.  Upon his arrival at SHAPE His Majesty was greeted with an honour guard and representation from all NATO countries and partner nations. Following a bilateral meeting with General Breedlove his Majesty met with senior military commanders and toured the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC). At the end of his tour the King met with national Dutch staff working at SHAPE.  

Accompanying the King were the Dutch Foreign Minister, the Dutch Chief of Defence, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO, and the Dutch Military Representative to NATO and the EU.The CCOMC is the heart of NATO’s command and control network, responsible for anticipating, thinking, planning and reacting to significant events around the world. 

Earlier, the King paid a visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he met with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to discuss issues on the Alliance’s security agenda.” 

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Photo courtesy of SHAPE

(VIDEO) HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the 2015 Prix de Rome.

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2015 Prix de Rome ceremony held at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam.

Established in 1808 by Louis Napoleon, who introduced the Prix de Rome to The Netherlands for the for the advancement of the arts.  The award is the oldest and considered to be the most prestigious for visual artists under the age of 40.  The purpose of the Prix de Rome is to identify exceptional, talented visual artists living in The Netherlands, to stimulate their further development, and to increase their visibility. Since January 2013, The Mondriaan Fund has been responsible for the award.

The winner of the 2015 Prix de Rome, along with a check worth €40,000, went to Ms. Magali Reus for her work entitled, Leaves.  According to a press release Ms. Reus received the award for the:

“…high quality of her presentation and the fact that one looks forward to seeing which step the artist will be taking next in her development. In the words of the judges, ‘The artist works with both focus and restraint towards a new course, while making clear-cut choices. She is able to translate this process into a stimulating presentation that is both formal and personal and gradually unveils its meaning to the viewer.’ The panel was intrigued by the puzzling yet beautiful idiosyncrasy of the presented objects: their references to digital reality remain fragmented, while their enigmatic materiality raises more questions than can be answered.”

If you are interested in viewing some of the works by the 2015 Prix de Rome finalists an exhibition will be held at the Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam until January 17, 2016.

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(VIDEO) HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits a Primary School in Den Haag.

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On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Liduina Primary School in Den Haag.

According to RVD, during today’s visit Her Majesty, as Honorary Chairman of the Ambassadeurs Muziekonderwijs, participated in a meeting with music teachers, teachers, representatives of conservatories and municipal administrators on “…how they can provide music education in primary structural form.”  

Thereafter, Her Majesty Queen Maxima toured the school and stopped by a kindergarten music class where she spoke with teachers as well as students.

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(VIDEO) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the Gezondheidscentrum Thermion.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Gezondheidscentrum (health center) Thermion in Nijmegen.

Whilst there His Majesty participated in a meeting with nurses and individuals who work in the home care industry.  Discussions focused on a variety of issues including the recent changes in the Dutch health care system according to RVD.

Following the meeting His Majesty took the time to meet with “…chronically ill residents of Nijmegen.”

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(VIDEOS) HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Celebrates 350 Years of the Korps Mariniers.

On the morning of Saturday, December 12, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Koninklijke Korps Mariniers (Royal Marine Corps) in Rotterdam.

Following brief ceremony at the Stadhuis van Rotterdam, where various speeches were made by the Mayor of Rotterdam, His Majesty along with hundreds of guests watched a military parade with 5,000 former and current members of the Korps Mariniers.

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HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Receives Credentials.

TheKingWAOn Wednesday, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands received credentials from the Ambassador from Finland, Ms. Katri Elina Viinikka, and the Ambassador from Montenegro, Mr. Vladimir Radulovic.

The credentials ceremony took place at Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag.

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Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis.

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On the morning of December 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis (Breast Cancer Clinic/Hospital) in Bilthoven.

Known as the first specialized breast cancer clinic in the Netherlands and the number one clinic in patient satisfaction the Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis provides all care which is concentrated in one organization, including diagnosis, operations including reconstructions, chemotherapy, after-treatment and psychosocial support, physiotherapy and genetic counseling.

maximaAMBCThis holistic approach is targeting patients’ personal needs next to a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. Twice a day the patient conditions are discussed by medical experts: radiology, plastic surgery, oncology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and pathology and on demand anesthesiology, genetic counseling and physiotherapy.  The mission of the clinic is to provide state-of-the-art personal breast cancer care with a focus on the patient and to set a new and remarkable higher level of quality in breast healthcare.

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Photos courtesy of Alexander Monro Borstkankerziekenhuis /R. van Lonkhuijsen

(VIDEOS) HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens a Building in Rotterdam.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the new Schmidt Zeevis (seafood) building in Rotterdam.

Established in 1900 Schmidt Zeevis provides fish to Michelin star awarded restaurants as well as some of the finest hotels in the Netherlands.  The company also exports roughly 133 varieties of fresh fish throughout Europe.

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