Monday, May 10, 2021

Blog & Me

The Duke of Edinburgh – A birthday, a wedding and two funerals

22 % of the British people seem to have seen or met the late Duke of Edinburgh in person. I am certain also many foreigners following the royals can say the same. Not that I have special memories, but I have seen him more often than his wife Queen Elizabeth II, that’s for sure. I […]

Forever To Read List

I really wished I would have more time. As many people I know, who love reading, I have an endless must-read list, and it is getting rather longer than shorter. You’d think with the corona crisis I would have more time, as I travel less, there is somewhat less work, but on the contrary. I […]


Royal News May 2021

Last modified: 9 May 2021 1 May A poll conducted by Kyodo News in March and April shows that about 80 percent of the respondents would accept both a reigning empress and an emperor descending from a female member of the imperial family. The survey also showed 67 percent were opposed to the idea of […]

Royal News April 2021

Last modified: 8 May 2021 1 April The life and legacy of the late Diana, Princess of Wales is to be commemorated with a blue plaque of English Heritage marking her home at 60 Coleherne Court, Earl’s Court, London, where she lived before marrying in 1981. The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam received the first Covid-19 […]


Keep the Hermitage open

Over the years I have visited a lot of exhibitions at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. The museum was opened on 19 June 2009 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. Also Medvedevs wife was present, as well as Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima, which shows how important the opening was. […]

Haute Bordure at the Fries Museum

Luckily the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, despite of Covid-19 could receive media who want to report about the collection. I managed to make an appointment for Friday 2 April 2021 to see their newest exhibition “Haute Bordure“. Whether you’re interested in fashion, textiles, embroidery or royalty, this is a great exhibition to visit. […]

Media & Co.

Online lectures and webinars

At this moment you see an increase of online lectures and webinars via Zoom or YouTube. On one hand that is sad, that we can’t gather in person. On the other hand it is wonderful for people who couldn’t make it anyway or who are even living abroad. There is a wide range of events, […]

Book review: Rick Evers – Máxima

Ter gelegenheid van de 50ste verjaardag van koningin Máxima der Nederlanden op 17 mei 2021 zijn er in Nederland meerdere boeken gepubliceerd, en daarnaast eentje in Argentinië. Alle boeken zijn behoorlijk verschillend, maar hebben tot nog toe goede recensies ontvangen, behalve de Argentijnse. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of Queen Máxima of the […]


No King’s Day without a tompouce

At least that is what most Dutch people say. As also this King’s Day will mainly be a digital one, most people will sit at home and enjoy a tompouce I guess. Personally I could do without it. I love nearly all cakes, but tompouce or choux pastry (profiteroles or big versions with lots and […]

A huge step: becoming royal

When planning to marry a royal, it should be made clear: the royal world is totally different from the one of celebrities. Getting married is already something to take very seriously: is this person the right partner, can your lifes be combined, where should you live, what concessions do you have to make. A royal […]

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