(VIDEO) Dronningens Skatkammer: Smykker der Taler. A Special Program About HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s Glittering Jewels.

Recently, the Danish television network, DR, interviewed Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for the special program entitled, Dronningens Skatkammer: Smykker der Taler (The Queen’s Treasury: Jewelry that Speaks).

Through intimate stories from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II viewers get an up-close and personal look at the impressive jewelry collection that the queen has at her disposal.

Episode two of Dronningens Skatkammer: Smykker der Taler will air on April 19, 2022 on DR.

Please click here to watch the 28:25 minute documentary.

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the NVVK.

Photo courtesy of RVD

On the morning of Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as the Honorary Chairwoman of SchuldenlabNL, attended the spring conference of the NVVK (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veiligheidskunde) on the occasion of its 90th anniversary in Enschede. The NVVK is an organization that helps those who are in need of financial counseling as well as assistance, and budget management.

During today’s meeting, Her Majesty received the report, Merkbaar & Meetbaar, on the effects of financial assistance. The study was commissioned by the NVVK.

According to the Dutch program, Blauw Bloed, who briefly spoke with Her Majesty Queen Maxima this morning, the report revealed that:

“…every Euro invested in financial aid benefits society up to 2 Euros. The study also revealed that people seeking help want more money to be invested in the effectiveness of financial assistance, from prevention to aftercare. The latter is important, the Queen heard, because people often have to deal with a relapse during debt restructuring…”

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the Port of Rotterdam.

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the port of Rotterdam in the province of South Holland. The port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe and the second largest port in the world (the first is the port of Singapore).

Today’s tour of the port of Rotterdam focused on, “…the production of green hydrogen, hydrogen based on residual gases, infrastructure for transporting hydrogen via pipelines and import and application in industry and transport…” in a statement from RVD. During his visit, His Majesty was informed about the hydrogen ambitions of the port of Rotterdam.

During a cruise along the Maasvlakte, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander met with the  CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Mr. Allard Castelein, the Program Manager for Electrification and Hydrogen, Mr. Randolf Weterings, and the Director of the Climate Program at Deltalinqs, Ms. Alice Krekt.

Thereafter, His Majesty visited the refinery, Neste Niederlande, where he met with the Vice President of Global Production, Mr. Bart Leender. During their meeting, Mr. Leender informed His Majesty how “…Neste is working on sustainability and the role hydrogen plays…”

Photos courtesy of RVD/J.Lampen

(VIDEO) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Enjoy a Concert at the Theater aan het Vrijthof.

On Monday, April 11, 2022, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the annual Koningsdagconcert (King’s Day concert) held at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, Netherlands.

According to RVD, the Koningsdagconcert was attended by an:

“…invited audience involved in the organization of [the upcoming] King’s Day in Maastricht.

This year’s concert is all about the sounds of the city of Maastricht and its cultural environment. In collaboration with the South Netherlands Philharmonic and Opera Zuid, a program has been compiled with contributions from cellist Eline Hensels, violinist Liza Ferschtman, carillonneur Frank Steijns and pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen. They will perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Ysaye, Saint-Saëns and Leo Smit. Composer and conductor Leonard Evers will also compose a song cycle for the concert based on texts by Maastricht poets. 

The Koningsdagconcert traditionally takes place in the month prior to King’s Day. The initiative was established in 1985 by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. Up to and including 2013, the concert took place at Noordeinde Palace. Since 2014, the concert has been organized in the municipality where the royal family celebrates King’s Day. Every year a different combination of ensembles and artists takes center stage.”

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(VIDEO) His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Unique Exhibition, Beleef het Wonder van Gouda.

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On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the exhibition entitled, Beleef Het Wonder van Gouda (Experience the Miracle of Gouda: A Unique Journey Along 16th-Century Art Treasures), at the Sint-Janskerk in Gouda, Netherlands.

The Beleef Het Wonder van Gouda exhibition displays priceless altarpieces with the Sint-Janskerk’s famous colorful stained glass. In a press release via RVD, the city of Gouda, “…was already known as a city of religious tolerance in the late Middle Ages, so a number of rare art treasures were not destroyed during the iconoclasm of 1566. The exhibition shows the fragile art treasures that symbolize a tolerant society.”

The Beleef Het Wonder van Gouda exhibition will be open to the public from April 14 to October 23, 2022. For more information about the exhibition as well as to purchase tickets please click here.

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