Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Arrive in Abu Dhabi (VIDEO)

On January 7, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. to begin their two-day state visit to the region.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2012 the royal trio along with their business delegation will travel to Oman at the invitation of Sultan bin Said al-Said Quaboos.

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A Royal Year with the Dutch Royal Family (VIDEO)

Well, it’s been quite a year for the members of the Dutch royal family. As a result the network, NOS, released new program highlighting the royal year that was including Princess Maxima’s 40th birthday as well as discussions regarding the modernization of the monarchy.  Click the link below to watch.

Oranjejaaroverzicht 2011

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Family Attend the Prince Claus Award in Amsterdam

On December 14, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima, Princess Laurentien, Prince Constantijn , Princess Mabel, and Prince Friso attended the 2011 Prince Claus Award held at the Royal Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam.  The top award went to Ntone Edjabe, the founder ofthe Pan-African magazine, Chimurenga.

Chimurenga, meaning “Freedom Struggle”, is an online magazine that focuses on art, culture and politics. The Prince Claus Awards are presented by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development since 1997, awarded annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organizations, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit the Island of Saba (VIDEOS)

On November 5, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the island of Saba.

Upon their arrival the royal trio were greeted by local dignitaries as well as well-wishers.  From there they visited a community center, a technical school, a medical facility and much more.

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Photos courtesy of: Volkskrant

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Vist St. Eustatius

On November 4, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands arrived on the island of St. Eustatius this morning, and once again they were greeted by local dignitaries.

After mingling with hundreds of local people the royal trio attended a luncheon, hosted by the local government, where they probably talked about the important issues concerning politics. Or, not.

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Source: Telegraaf.nl

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/AFP

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit the island of St. Maarten

On November 3, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the island of St. Maarten.  And, once again they met with local dignitaries and the people.

And, that’s it.

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Photo courtesy of: Daylife/AFP

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Curacao (VIDEO)

On November 1, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands arrived on the island of Curaçao for a visit.

Upon their arrival at the Juan Hato airport, the royal trio were greeted by Minister-President Gerrit Fransisco Schotte as well as other local dignitaries.  After a meeting at Fort Amsterdam Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of , and H.R.H. Princess Maxima visited the Princess Margriet School and an education center for “…horeca students…”

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Photo courtesy of: NOS/AP

H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Bonaire (VIDEO)

On October 31, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the island of Bonaire.

During their visit the royal trio were met by a small group of protesters who claimed that life on the island has become too expensive and the facilities on the island are deteriorating. When asked by reporters what she, Queen Beatrix, thought of these demonstrations she noted that she was sympathetic to their situation, but there is little she could do.

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Begin Their Official Visit to the Netherlands Antilles

On October 27, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Aruba to begin their ten-day official visit to the Netherlands Antilles.

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The Dutch Royal Family Attend the 40th Anniversary Gala of Introdans (VIDEO)

On October 7, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, and Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the 40th anniversary of the Dutch famous dance company, Introdans, in Arnhem.  To watch a video, view photos as well as to learn more about Introdans please click the links below:

Photo courtesy of: Gelderlander.nl

2011 Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) in the Netherlands

The Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) is always a fantastic event for avid royal watchers, and more importantly for the people of the Netherlands and this year did not disappoint.

This national holiday,held on April 30, honors Her Majesty Queen Beatrix’s birthday and this year the day was held at in the cities of Thorn and Weert, Netherlands.  The entire Dutch royal family including — of course — Her Majesty Queen Beatrix.  The queen mingled with the crowd of well-wishers and local dignitaries.  As usual there were lots of fun games, laughter, tons of food, and in the end it seems as if everyone — including the people of Thorn and Weert — had a blast.

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HRH Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of a Restaurant and More Importantly, She Finally Washed her Hair for the Occasion!

On December 9, 2010, HRH Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of a restaurant.

No, really.

I’m serious.

HRH Crown Princess Maxima had the ultimate pleasure of opening up The Resto VanHarte in Amersfoort, Netherlands.  This is the 25th restaurant with this name (I guess it is like the Dutch version of  the American eatery, Chili’s), and from the photos that I saw it seems to have been a fun day for everyone.

Now, let’s talk about Maxima’s style, shall we?

Hm. Where to begin?

I suppose I should start with a positive:  Well… by all accounts it looks as if she finally washed her hair.  What do I mean by that, you ask?  Honestly, her hair always looks so freaking dirty.  Unkept.  Unwashed.  Oily.  Just a complete mess.

Another positive:  She finally decided to not wear her signature orange blush that makes her look… well… ruddy.  Maxima looks fresh-faced this late afternoon and it shows!  Bravo!

Now for the negative:  Will someone… anyone PLEASE advise the Crown Princess to fire her stylist?!!  Whom ever her wardrobe stylist may be needs to go, pronto!  Maxima looks terrible in this latest outfit.  Sure the outfit looks nice close up.  But from afar… yuck!

Photos courtesy of Daylife.com and http://www.bruno.nl/nieuws/7213/pics-prinses-maxima-opent-25e-restaurant-resto-vanharte.html