On May 15, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 2012 Appeltjes van Oranje Awards (Apples of Orange) ceremony held at the Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag.

According to RVD and NOS, “… each year the Oranje Fund awards initiatives that successfully connect different groups of people with the Appeltjes van Oranje Awards…”  There were ten initiatives nominated this year and only three winners.  This year the 2012 Appeltjes van Oranje award went to Smarter Together Neighborhood Farm Baalder, COOLzaad van Stichting BuurtLAB, and Beheer Cultuurhistorische Perenboomrij.

Besides receiving this great award, made of bronze and designed by Her Majesty, the winners also receive 15,000 Euros.

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.

Sources: RVD and NOS