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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Visits the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW).

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in Wageningen.

The day began with a meeting with the President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Ms. Marileen Dogterom, and with the Director of the NIOO, Mr. Geert de Snoo as well as with Aquatic Ecology researcher, Ms. Liesbeth Bakker, and Terrestrial Ecology Researcher, Mr. Wim van der Putten. During the meeting, discussions focused on the NIOO’s three major research themes: biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable use of land and water.

Thereafter, according to an NIOO press release, His Majesty was given a tour of the NIOO research facility:


“…starting with a ‘remote’ water quality measurement led by Mr. Dedmer van de Waal. Mr. Van de Waal has been keeping a ‘lake report’ about the quality of the bathing water for some time now. This is due to the increasing nuisance caused by blue-green algae.”

From there, His Majesty visited the new Calibration Center for Soil, which “…provides insight into what makes a soil good soil and provides advice for sustainable soil improvements.”

The day ended with another roundtable discussion on the interfaces between ecological research and public health, the associated challenges, and a happy group photo.

That’s it.

Photos courtesy of the Netherlands Institute for Ecology NIOO-KNAW

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Presides Over the Ceremonial Transfer in Wierden

On Friday, July 1, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands presided over the ceremonial transfer of the Monument Vossenbosch to the Malukan community in Wierden.

The day began with a visit to a church. Soon, His Majesty arrived at the Monument Vossenbosch where he was informed about the deep symbolism and the creation of the monument.

The Monument Vossenbosch Foundation then transferred the monument to the Malukan community in Wierden. Thereafter, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander spoke with the first, second, and third-generation Moluccans about their experiences as well as their feelings about the time they spent in Vossenbosch, their integration, and the future.

Photos courtesy of RVD

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Newly Restored Lely Campus in Maassluis.

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Mr. Henk Staghouwer, opened the newly restored Lely Campus in Maassluis.

Established in 1948, by brothers Cornelius van de Lely and Arij van der Lely, the company develops high-quality robots and data systems that increase animal welfare, flexibility, and production in the dairy farm business. 

After the opening, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander was given a tour of the facility whereupon he learned how the products are being developed on the Lely Campus for the dairy farm of the future, in which sustainability and circularity play a central role. His Majesty and Minister Staghouwer also drank fresh milk. Yay.

Photos courtesy of Lely/RVD

TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Austria: Day Two.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands continued their three-day state visit to Austria.

This morning, Their Majesties accompanied by the Federal President of Austria, His Excellency Alexander Van de Bellen, and the First Lady of Austria, Her Excellency Doris Schmidauer, visited the Community Cooking integration project at the Ankerbrotfabrik in Favoriten located in Wien’s (Vienna) 10th district.

The Community Cooking project promotes the intercultural exchange between the residents of the 10th district; moreover, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, many refugees have visited the Community Cooking project center for a hot meal and a comforting atmosphere.

During their visit, Their Majesties, President Van der Bellen, the First Lady, and Community Cooking volunteers put on their aprons and cooked a delicious meal for the refugees. So what did they make you may ask? Well, the foursome whipped up a delicious egg dish with onions, tomatoes, and peppers. Falafel filled with tomatoes and onion mixture, Tahini sauce with various herbs and vegetables, and flatbread with oat bran. Curd yogurt cream with various berries spices and honey was served as dessert. Gosh, I’m hungry now.

Anyway, after they cooked the meal for the refugees, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, President Van der Bellen, and the First Lady sat down with the refugees whereupon the foursome heard about the ongoing situation in Ukraine and how they fled.

Thereafter, Their Majesties visited the  Sonnwendviertel residential complex behind the Central Station in Vienna. The complex comprises of 5,500 apartments for 13,000 residents, 20,000 jobs, a school campus, office buildings, and numerous stores as well as a park. After meeting with the locals, Their Majesties hopped onto a tram to their next appointment: The Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek.

Upon their arrival, at the stunningly beautiful baroque Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) in Vienna’s first district, Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by the Director-General of the Austrian National Library, Ms. Johanna Rachinger.

Soon, Ms. Rachinger ushered her royal guests into the baroque state hall which contains hundreds of valuable artifacts, with historical references to the Netherlands, including writings by the first court librarian, Hugo Blotius, and Gerard van Swieten, both of whom were Dutch. Their Majesties also viewed the Austrian National Library’s most valuable cartographic object, the fifty-volume Blaeu-Van der Hem Atlas from Amsterdam dating from 1662-1678.

Thereafter, Their Majesties visited the famous Demel coffeehouse in Vienna’s first district. Whilst there they met with staff and watched a gentleman make their famous Sachertorte.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited the Federal Chancellery of Austria in Vienna’s first district. The royal couple were welcomed, upon their arrival, by Chancellor Karl Nehammer and other government officials. After a brief photo-op, Their Majesties and Chancellor Nehammer held a private meeting.

This evening, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will attend a concert at the Konzerthaus with a performance by the Dutch Chamber Choir. The choir will sing songs by various turn-of-the-century composers with digitally edited and animated paintings behind them by Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt.

On Wednesday, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will travel by train to Graz for a one-day visit.

TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Glittering Gala State Dinner in Wien (Vienna).

On the evening of Monday, June 27, 2022, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a gala state dinner at Schloss Belvedere in Wien (Vienna), Austria. The glittering gala state dinner was hosted by the Federal President of Austria, His Excellency Alexander Van der Bellen, and First Lady Doris Schmidauer.

Tonight’s setting at Schloss Belvedere has a current cultural connection to the Netherlands. Last February, the Schloss Belvedere Museum opened the exhibition entitled, Klimt: Inspired by Rodin, Van Gogh, Matisse, in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition explores the connection between the paintings of Gustav Klimt and the works of other artists of his time, such as Vincent Van Gogh.

Tomorrow, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will visit the integration project in the Wien’s Favoriten district. Thereafter, they will visit a community cooking kitchen, meet with Ukrainian refugees, and tour the new Sonnwendviertel housing project near Vienna’s central train station. 

Their Majesties are also scheduled to visit the National Library and hold a meeting with the Austrian Chancellor, His Excellency Karl Nehammer. Tuesday evening, Their Majesties are scheduled to attend a gala concert at the Konzerthaus with a performance by the Dutch Chamber Choir.

(VIDEO) TMs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Begin Their Three-Day State Visit to Austria.

On the morning of Monday, June 27, 2022, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Austria for a three-day state visit.

Upon their arrival at the Vienna-Schwechat International Airport, Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by the Foreign Minister of Austria, His Excellency Alexander Schallenberg.

Soon, Their Majesties arrived at the Hofburg Palace in Wien (Vienna) where the Federal President of Austria, His Excellency Alexander Van der Bellen, and First Lady Doris Schmidauer welcomed them.  

After the traditional inspection of the Guards of Honor and the Dutch as well as Austrian national anthems played, President Van der Bellen and the First Lady escorted Their Majesties into the Hofburg Palace for a reception.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by President Van der Bellen and the Federal Minister for the European Union, Her Excellency Karoline Edtstadler, visited the Shoah Wall of Names in Vienna.

The Shoah Wall of Names displays the names of 64,400 Austrian men, women, and children, on 160 granite stones, who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Later in the afternoon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met the Mayor of Vienna, Mr. Michael Ludwig, and members of the City Senate at the Wiener Rathaus. Whilst there, Their Majesties signed the city’s Golden Book.

This evening, Their Majesties will attend a gala state banquet at Schloss Belvedere hosted by President Van de Bellen and the First Lady.

HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Gives a Speech During at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands gave a speech during the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Established in 1949, the Council of Europe was founded on the values of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.  Today, there are forty-six member states and six Observer States including the Holy See, Israel, Japan, and the United States to name a few.

The Council of Europe also advocates the:

“…freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority.

The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world.”

In his speech, His Majesty spoke about the ongoing war in Ukraine as well as the importance of protecting journalists and the media stating:

“Another issue that requires fresh focus is the protection of journalists. In 2015 the Council of Europe launched a platform to offer journalists better protection against threats and violence.

Responsible journalism is indispensable in a free and democratic state governed by the rule of law. Journalists who work in good faith to expose wrongdoing deserve our support. It is good to see the Council of Europe standing up for them.”

After his speech, His Majesty met with young adults from the European Youth Center (EYC) whereupon they spoke about their involvement in the work of the Council of Europe and two youth campaigns.

Photos courtesy of RVD/K.van Weel