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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Expresses Her Concerns for the Environment in Her Annual Christmas Speech (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands delivered her annual Christmas speech on December 25, 2011 where she expressed her concerns for the future of the environment (rough translation):

Christmas, the festival of light in darkness, raises the expectation of peace and goodwill. Just today, the desire to help us be accompanied feelings of discontent and uneasiness to overcome us and to work for a living in harmony with fellow human beings and nature.

Many in our world live in tension and uncertainty about existence. Anxiety and concern for the morrow dominate in Europe and in our country. Care is not just about individual welfare but the welfare of all and the stewardship of the earth. With our precious planet is handled carelessly and what they give us is poorly distributed. Poverty and inequality affect the quality of life and threaten social solidarity. Selfishness and the desire to create abundance blind to damage to our natural environment and undermine community. View of the finiteness of what the earth can give, and on the sustainability of society searching.

No country can benefit from it when people only focus on personal gain. In determining the value of all funds should be more than just money. Sigh money and enrich themselves distort the purpose of the economy. To the distress of those who do not speak for themselves can not be ignored. Everyone should be able to participate in wealth-sharing so that human welfare is always connected to the public interest. Moreover, in every decision the quality of the future count. Which lies in protecting nature and the environment, respect for the cultural heritage and recognition of the intangible values that give meaning to civilization. The decisions that are made now is the life of those who come after us in the game, therefore no one should close their eyes. With knowledge and information we can arm ourselves. This fear may not be the motive, but a new sense of universal responsibility.

In the Earth Charter is worded this principle: “The earth, our home is a unique community. The global natural environment with its finite resources is everyone’s concern. Protecting the vitality, diversity and beauty of the earth is a holy mission. ” “Sustainability” is called today. This requires not only new requirements and rules for sustainability but also consciously dealing with all that nature gives us. The earth that nourishes life but can not speak for themselves, must voice. In all small and large decisions that will have to be reflected.

Encouraging the many initiatives for good intentions into practice. Economical use of energy and water is available to all. Critical awareness and buy show the whole range of goods and services to influence. Entrepreneurs focus more and more responsible production and take into account the climatic effects. Many people work towards the conservation and teach children closely at the irreplaceable treasures of the earth. For the connection between agriculture and environment put many will enthusiastically. In all these possibilities, we can address each other. Old and new media information and call us to take responsibility, each at their own level. What starts in the small can grow into a new culture of concern for the future. Who wants to change the world, must simply begin with himself.

All those hopeful inspire change from society get less attention in the news than worrying about money and good. A diffuse sense of unease characterizes the confidence crisis of our time. In daily work is often a shortage of experienced vision and ideals. Lack of space for individual responsibility discourages its use. Feelings of anger and powerlessness call aversion to rhetoric and rules. But fight or flight overlooking reform of structures and lifestyles. The challenge is to do something themselves, along with others and involvement in the community. Everywhere people are already taking their own initiatives to a more conscious way of life. This offers hope for a new perspective. It is the youngsters who encourage us to do so today. The force of conviction, courage and confidence they seek allies and inspire their environment with a positive momentum.

Mahatma Gandhi once said: ‘The earth has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed.’ As creatures endowed with reason and conscience may be requested from us that we translate this into daily care for the earth and commitment to a just society. Connection with the neighbor and the world around us is Jesus himself lived. The message of peace and goodwill to our Christmas uittillen above the fear and uncertainty of these times. Let us say what we hope and do what we can.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas!

To watch a video of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix’s speech please click the link below:

Kersttoespraak Koningin in 2011 

Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Reopening of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Amsterdam on December 20, 2011, to attend the reopening of the Portuguese Synagogue.  During the reopening the Queen toured the famous Ets Haim library where over 560 manuscripts are held dating from 1280.  The synagogue was designed Dutch architect Elias Bouman and completed in 1675.  Two years ago, the seventeenth-century synagogue was in dire need of restoration specifically the building’s foundation.

To learn more about the Portuguese Synagogue please visit their official website here.

To watch a video please click here.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Concert

On December 15, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended a concert held at the Agora Theatre in Lelystad in honor of Kingdom Day.

The purpose of the concert aims to demonstrate the connection between the Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The hosts for the event were the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the city of Lelystad.

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Photo courtesy of Koninklijkhuis.nl

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in Den Haag

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, on Tuesday December 6, 2011 presented a banner to the Military Administration Corps of the Army at the Parliament Buildings in Den Haag.  The ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister of Defence, Mr. JSJ Hillen and Chief of Defence, General PJM van Uhm. The banner also symbolizes the connection with the Dutch royal family and the solidarity within the military corps.

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Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Gala Dinner (VIDEO)

On November 29, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended a gala dine, held at Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag, in honor of the President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure’s, official visit to the Netherlands.

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Welcomes the President of Mali in Den Haag

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially welcomed the president of Mali, Mr. Amadou Toumani Toure and his wife, at Noordeninde Palace in Den Haag on November 29, 2011.

President Toure and his delegation are in the Netherlands for a three-day official visit.  During their stay President Toure and his delegation will meet with T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, attend a gala dinner, attend meetings with various Dutch politicians and much more.

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Photo courtesy of: RTL

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Holds an Audience with the President of Slovenia

On November 28, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands held an audience with the President of Slovenia, Danilo Türk, at Huis ten Bosch Palace in Den Haag.  President Türk is in the Netherlands on a working visit.  During his time in the country he will visit the International Court in Den Haag as well as attend various meetings with Dutch companies.

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Source: Niews van Nederland

Photo courtesy of: Het Koningkijk Huis

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 50th Anniversary of the University of Twente

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was at the University of Twente in Enschede to celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, November 25, 2011.

During the celebration ceremony the queen, along with hundreds of people, listened to a lecture by Dr. Clemens van Blitterswijk.   Also during the ceremony several honorary doctorates were presented to those for being fabulous. Those who received the honor included Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the television show, MythBusters, and Professors W. Knoll, H. Nowotny and H. Termeer.

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Source and photo courtesy of: De Twentsche Courant Tubantia

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of ‘Schetsen van Schoonheid’ Exhibition

On November 22, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Gouda to attend the opening of the exhibition, Schetsen van Schoonheid (Sketches of Beauty).  The eleven sketches on display range from 5 to 22 meters long and are quite spectacular to say the least.

Source: De Stentor

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/AFP

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits the High Flux Reactor in Petten

On November 22, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the High Flux Reactor in Petten. The nuclear reactor of the European Commission in 1961 was set up for research purposes. Besides research in the energy sector, the nuclear reactor in Petten is vital for the supply of medical isotopes.

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Source and photo courtesy of: Refdag.nl

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 16th Foundation Ballet Gala of the Dancers ’79

On November 17, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the 16th Foundation Ballet Gala of the Dancers ’79 at the Amsterdam Music Theatre.  According to various sources, the purpose of the foundation is to support and promote the art of dance in general and “…promising young dancers.”  Proceeds from tonight’s event will be donated to the Foundation Dancers ’79.

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Photo courtesy of: Het Koninklijk Huis

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Re-Opening of the Drents Museum (VIDEO)

On November 16, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the re-opening of the Drents Museum in Assen.  The museum was closed for almost a year due to much-needed renovations as well as to construct a new underground exhibition wing designed by architect, Erick van Egeraat.

After speeches were made, dancing and the Queen banged a giant gong (watch the video and you will know what I am talking about) she toured the inaugural exhibit entitled, The Golden Age of China.  This exhibit highlights Chinese society during the Tang Dynasty which began in 618 through 907 A.D.

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in Den Haag

On November 11, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Den Haag to celebrate 200 years of judicial power in the Hall of Knights.  During the event she “…received the first two books of the history of judiciary power.”  

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/AFP