It was announced that His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje (representing Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands) along with and Minister Rosenthal will attend the funeral of playwright and Czech ex-president Vaclav Havel on Friday, December 23, 2011 in Prague.
Mr. Havel died on Sunday at age 75 after a long illness. The state funeral, which will be held at the historic Saint Vitus Cathedral, will also be attended by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, United States Secretary Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Israeli President Shimon Peres according to AFP News.
On December 8, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje along with Mr. Komori, the CEO of Fujifilm Corporation opened a new factory in Tilburg, Netherlands. During the opening ceremony the heir to the Dutch throne along with Mr. Komori left their footprints in green clay then toured the new eco-friendly factory.
On November 29, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended a gala dine, held at Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag, in honor of the President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure’s, official visit to the Netherlands.
On November 21, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the première of the film, Nova Zembla, held at the RAI Theater in Amsterdam. Also, in attendance were Princess Aimee and Prince Floris as well asPrincess Marilene and Prince Maurits.
The film, directed by Reinout Oerlemans, tells the true story of the:
… legendary failed mission of the late sixteenth century Dutch flotilla trying to find a trading route to Asia across the North Pole. The ship crew, who got stuck in the ice of Nova Zembla and had to survive the dark coldness of winter in the most gruesome of circumstances. source
The film looks pretty good, judging by the official trailer. Hopefully it will be released in the United States sometime soon. 🙂
To view photos as well as to learn more about this film please click the links below:
T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the première of the documentary film, The Sound of the Bandoneón, held at the Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam on Friday, November 2011.
So what is this documentary about? Here is a synopsis:
The Sound of the Bandoneón a musical road movie about the instrument that is most often associated with passion: the bandoneon. Like the tango is a dramatic and melancholy story hidden behind the bandoneon. The instrument ended late nineteenth century by German immigrants in Argentina, where it won a place in the tango and folk music. But the old and new tools perish bandoneón be made only piecemeal. Now tourists take them as souvenirs from Argentina, is the continuation of the instrument at risk. One of the famous bandoneonist of Argentina, Nestor Marconi, followed during rehearsals and concerts in Buenos Aires. As bandoneon player Daniel Vedia in northern Argentina teaches poor students. The film shows the struggle being waged to see the instrument alive. source
On October 26, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the Development in Business conference in Amsterdam this afternoon. The purpose of the conference is “… to expand the cooperation development between the government and industry.”