H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in Amsterdam

On June 7, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the “I’m In” national summer activities at the Wibaut College in Amsterdam.

The purpose of the “I’m In” event was to encourage the youth to not drop out of school after their summer holidays are over.  Who knew there was a high drop-out rate in the Netherlands… hmmm.  Furthermore, this event also promotes the youth to get involved in summer activities (I guess so they will stay of out trouble.)

To view photos of the awesome Princess Maxima participating in this great event please click the links here and here. 

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.R.H. Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits an Exhibit

On June 6, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited an art exhibit “… at Lange Voorhut in The Hague…”, according to PPE.  The sculpture exhibit, entitled ‘The Hague Under the Heavens’, showcases contemporary Chinese sculptures by nine different artists.

The title of the exhibit, ‘The Hague Under the Heavens’, comes from a proverb by Confucius.  According to the official website for the sculpture exhibit, Den Haag Sculptuur.nl:

The exhibition will be presented under the title The Hague under the Heavens, referring to the Chinese Tian Xia or All under Heaven, one of the cornerstones of the Chinese Confucian worldview, based on trust in a world of harmony between heaven, earth and humanity, as long as everyone keeps to his or her assigned role in society. (source)

To view images of Princess Maxima of the Netherlands during today’s event please click the link here.  To learn more about the artists, their works as well as to learn how the title of the exhibit came about please click the link here. 

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 65th International Concours Hippique in Eindhoven

On June 3, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the 65th International Concours Hippique in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

As the queen arrived she was greeted with flowers, the usual cheers and applause (and rightfully so) from the spectators at the event.   Then she made her way to the viewing stands to watch the competition.

The event runs through Sunday June 5, 2011 so if you are interested in this sport why not attend and enjoy the day.

To view photos please click the link here.   To watch a video please click here.

Source:  ED.nl

Photo courtesy of:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the 64th Annual Holland Festival

On June 2, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the 64th Annual Holland Festival in Amsterdam.  The queen officially opened this performing arts festival where she was greeted by the people in attendance with cheers and flowers.

According to the official website for the festival, which began in 1947, the event:

… present[s] exceptional work at the international level. Since 2005, artistic director Pierre Audi has taken the Holland Festival back to its roots: a mix of all the performance arts, a mix of big names and daring experiments.

Music theatre and music are at the heart of the programme, with Western and non-Western art forms going hand in hand. Besides the performing arts (theatre, music theatre, dance, opera and music) there is plenty of room for the visual arts, literature and architecture.

After she was welcomed and opened the event Her Majesty attended the performance of Mea Culpa, by Christoph Schlingensief:

…this ready-made opera about life, death and mortality, containing a multitude of layers and perspectives. The music ranges from Wagner to Roy Orbison. The references extend from Joseph Beuys to Friedrich Nietzsche. Mea Culpa is a production of the Burgtheater in Vienna.

The event runs through June 26, 2011.  So if you happen to be visiting Amsterdam before the festival closes or if you live in the area why not check it out.  It sounds like an amazing event that should not be missed.

To view photos please click here.

Sources: De Telegraaf and Holland Festival.nl

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl by Vincent Mentzel

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T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend A Concert in Amsterdam

On May 31, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended at concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The purpose of the event/concert was in remembrance of the victims and the devastation of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake  and the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

It is unknown if any money was raised from this event, which would obviously be sent to Japan, but one can only hope.

To view photos please click the links here and here.  To watch a video please click the link here. 

Source: Koninklijkhuis.nl

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the ‘Impact Investing’ Conference in Amsterdam

Days after her gala birthday concert with 500 of her closest friends, the lovely Princess Maxima of the Netherlands got right back to work.  This afternoon, May 30, 2011, the princess attended the Impact Investing conference in Amsterdam.

The purpose of the event is to discuss, what else, investing as well as “…investing in companies and projects with social and environmental objective.”

To view photos please click the link here.  To watch a video please click the link here.  

Sources:  Koninklijkhuis.nl and PPE

Photo courtesy of:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

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A Regal Birthday Concert for H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

This evening, May 27, 2011, in Amsterdam there was a regal concert in honor of H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands 40th birthday.

The guest-list was filled with members of the Dutch royal family, various members from other reigning and non-reigning royal houses, the princess’s brother and mother from Argentina, and friends from the Netherlands.  In total, there were over 700 guests at the event.

The concert was held at the beautiful Concertgebouw and the world renowned in house orchestra played various classical pieces from Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and others according to a guest at the concert.

To view photos please click the link here. 

To watch two video clips please click here and here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Parool.nl by ANP

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the ArtZuid: The International Sculpture Route in Amsterdam

On May 26, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the opening of the ArtZuid: The International Sculpture Route Exhibit in Amsterdam.

The event showcases many of the great artists from around the world and their works along trail in the city, “The route is a five minute walk from the Museumplain.”  According to the official website for the event, ArtZuid.nl:

In co-operation with Amsterdam Institutions, include the Stedelijk Museum and the State Academy of Fine Arts, the leading writer and artist Jan Cremer compromise present Cashis’ SCULPTURAL – AROUND THE WORLD. Once again, the stately avenues of Berlage’s Plan Zuid and the parks designed in the 1990s by landscape architect Michael van Gessel Will Be the fifty unique setting for sculptures by Internationally renowned artists. The indication, sculptures Will Be Against a backdrop of the exceptionalism of the Amsterdam School architecture. The route is being extended to include the South Axis.

To view photos please click the links here and here.  To watch a video please click the link here. 

Sources: ArtZuid.nl and Nufoto

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands to Celebrate Her Birthday With a Few of Her Closest Royal Friends

This past May 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands turned the big 4-0, and on her day she spent it with her family.  Well, now it’s time for the mega birthday bash with a few of her closest royal friends.

According to the official website for the Dutch royal family, Het Koninklijk Huis, on May 27, 2011 there will be a lovely birthday concert in her honor:

Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will be celebrating her 40th birthday in a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Besides friends, family, members of foreign royal houses there will also be people there with whom she has worked with the for the past 10 years.

Verjaars ontvangst (birthday reception) of the Princess which include the following members of the Dutch Royal Family are expected:

Her Majesty the Queen
H.R.H. The Prince of Orange and H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau
H.R.H. Prince Constantijn and H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Princess Anne and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme
Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
Prince Maurits and Princess of Orange-Nassau Marilène
Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau
Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau
Princess Christina of the Netherlands

Members present reigning Royal and Princely Families are: 
Belgium: H.R.H. Prince Philippe and H.R.H.Princess Mathilde
Denmark: H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary
Luxembourg: H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Norway: H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H. Princess Martha Louise

Also present:
Aga Khan IV, Karim al-Hussaynī
Bulgaria: Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Preslav and Princess Miriam of Tirnovo
Greece: H.R.H. Crown Prince Pavlos and H.R.H. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Greece: H.R.H. Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana

The concert is attended by some 700 guests of Princess Maxima and 1200 visitors who have bought a ticket.

Besides the concerts this weekend the Princess will celebrate her birthday privately.

Unfortunately, it seems that T.R.H.s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden will not attend along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie).  Nor will H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.

Source:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

*Photo of H.R.H. Princess Máxima the Netherlands, given to The Royal Correspondent by and published on this site with permission by: AD Magazine/De MediaVilla.*

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits Flevoland

On May 24, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the Dutch province Flevoland this afternoon; moreover, she had a chance to visit the Center of Nature in Oostvaarders.

According to PPE, the Queen visited the, “…the farmschool of the agricultural university of Dronten and the recreation park Brennels Outside.”  

Yeah, I’m confused; nevertheless, judging from the photos it looks like the queen had a great time.  To view the images from today please click here.  To learn more about the nature center preserve please click the link here.  To watch a video please click here.

Source: PPE Photo courtesy of:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at Duninpark

This afternoon in Den Helder, Netherlands, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix officially opened the residential Duinpark (Dune Park).

According to the site, Kuiper.nl, the purpose of the Duinpark is a place were neighbors could meet, have fun, and do neighborly stuff together.  Here is some more information about the park:

The design and layout of Duinpark (DunePark) is that of a public, undulating, dune landscape with residential and recreational space. The terrain has been given remarkable differences in height and therefore diverse perspectives and views. To maintain this quality, the choice was made for an open, built-up structure spreading the residences out over the dune landscape. The use of roofs covered in vegetation extends the dune landscape even further over the homes themselves.

The private and the collective domain have grown as one unit. To realise this unity, private spaces and transitional elements, like garden walls and entrances, and colour choices for the façades, fully reflect the surrounding, dune landscape. Gabions form a natural transition from private terraces and anchor the residences in the sand of the dunes.

Existing trees have been preserved as far as possible and fitted into the new dune landscape. Based on the used soil types and varying micro-climatological characteristics of the undulating landscape, Duinpark is subdivided into five, different, landscape-based atmospheres reflecting the inland-dune landscape around Den Helder: the dune creek, dune shore, dunes, dune valley and the dune courtyard. (Kuiper.nl)

To view photos of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix at the opening of the Duinpark please click the link here.  

Source: Kuiper.nl and PPE  Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands at Velsen Library in IJmuiden

On May 18, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the Velsen Library in IJmuiden, Netherlands to participate in the Wiser with Money Parade.  The purpose of her visit is to encourage and educate those on how to deal with their personal finances effectively.

According to Belga:

The Wiser with Money Parade is a traveling exhibition about handling money that visits libraries across the land. During the exhibition, ‘ Moneyvents’ (events and workshops) are organised that educate people about their personal finances in an accessible and interactive way.

As the princess made her way into the Velsen library she was greeted by many well-wishers.  Once inside she spoke with the library patrons, organizers of the event, and the many people who came to the library to learn more about money management and the traveling exhibit.

To view photos from the event please click the links herehere,  and here.  To watch a video please click the link here.

Sources:  Haarlemsdagblad.nl and Belga.be  Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Appeltjes van Oranje

On May 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the Appeltjes van Oranje at Noordeinde Palace. Also in attendance was her husband, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  During the event, as the princess entered the venue, the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Netherlands most beloved princess.

To watch a video from the event please click the link here.  To view current photos from the event please click the links here and here. 

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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