Here is the RTL4 documentary, Het Oranje Fonds, De Prins En De Prinses‘, on the occasion of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands 10th wedding anniversary. So what is Het Oranje Fonds you may ask? Well, according to a press release from RTL:
…the Orange Fund was established as the national wedding gift for Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima. The Oranje Fund aims to promote the involvement of society in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. By the support people are so they are less lonely, they meet each other or they find a new place in society. So for example, contributions are given to village houses, youth centres, elderly and societies, but also shelters to projects assisted living, language lessons by volunteers and buddies and mentor initiatives. The budget of the Oranje Fund is for the most part come from the proceeds of the national postal code Lottery and Lotto. The rest comes from donations from individuals and companies. source
The program is in Dutch, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching it. Many thanks to Gert for the link. 🙂
On February 2, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in a Cancer prevention forum organized by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in Madrid, Spain. During the event the princess gave a speech stating, “… we must create a common front to face cancer with real guarantees…”
Afterward, the princess along with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato, the President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, Isabel Oriol, and the Chairman of Garrigues, Antonio Garrigues and others participated in a roundtable discussion about the prevention of Cancer.
On February 2, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain attended the commemorative ceremony of the 20th Anniversary of the creation of the Federation of Colleges of Lawyers of Europe.
According to the official website for the royal house of Spain, His Majesty was accompanied by “…the President of the Constitutional Court, Pascual Sala, the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, and the President of Parlamenta in Catalonia, Nuria Gispert.”
During the ceremony His Majesty gave a speech noting the importance of today’s commoration:
…[it] has given us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the profession of lawyer for the functioning of the rule of law, and on the need to support a vital role for the defense of the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
I know that today is facing new challenges specific to advanced and technological societies, at the time which is still actively engaged with other essential purposes. I am referring to safeguard professional secrecy or the assertion of a code of conduct at European level, based on solid values, laying down fundamental principles for the exercise of the legal profession…
Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey
On February 2, 2012, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium host the 2012 Diplomatic Days held at the Palais de Bruxelles. The event was attended by various diplomatic heads and those who hold consular positions.
On February 2, 2002, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje married married the vivacious Argentine, Miss Máxima Zorreguieta. The couple met in 1999 in Sevilla, Spain during the Feria de Abril de Sevilla (it’s a fair thingy).
After years of dating, and with the final approval of the Dutch parliament to marry, Willem-Alexander and Máxima announced their engagement on March 30, 2001.
Less than a year later the couple were married. First, there was civil ceremony held at the Beurs van Berlage then a lavish religious ceremony held at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
Today the couple have three daughters and the princess is remains one of the most popular members of the Dutch royal family.
If you have never seen the engagement press conference or the entire wedding click the links below to watch. Also, the Dutch channel, NOS, just aired a special program honoring the couple regarding their 10th wedding anniversary which you might enjoy. 🙂