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Queen Máxima turns 50 © RVD - Z.M. de Koning (H.M. The King)
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Queen Máxima turns 50

One thing is certain: the people in the Netherlands can hardly have missed the fact that Queen Máxima turns 50 on 17 May 2021. Already for weeks there are (special) magazines focusing on the event, several books have been published. There are tv-programs and a real interview. My mother, who got two books from me […]

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A Royal House for Saint Nicholas
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A Royal House for Saint Nicholas

The moment all children in the Netherlands yearly are waiting for: the arrival of Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas he is usually called here). Halfway November he arrives by steamer with his many helpers. While the youngest children think he is really existing, the elder children still shout “Sinterklaas” or “Piet” and are looking forward to all […]

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Willem Lodewijk Year 2020
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Willem Lodewijk Year 2020

2020 was going to be the Year of Willem Lodewijk. 400 years after his death Count Willem Lodewijk of Nassau-Dillenburg was to be commemorated in the city of Leeuwarden all year long. This man, who during his lifetime always lived in the shadow of his more famous cousins Maurits and Frederik Hendrik, Princes of Orange […]

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King’s Day with a twist
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King’s Day with a twist

For me personally King’s Day wasn’t that much different from other years. Most of the time I am not with the royals in a city, but sit at home waiting for photos and news to come in. There is always a lot to do. I was not quite sure what to expect this year. Only […]

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The history of Queen’s and King’s Day 2012
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The history of Queen’s and King’s Day

My first Queen’s Day was in 1993 when the Dutch royal family visited Sneek, 2003 a friend and I were in Deventer as far as I remember. The first time I was there as a journalist was in 2004 when they visited Warffum and Groningen. I was there again in 2005 in Scheveningen, 2006 in […]

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No King’s Day 2020 – How to celebrate anyway?
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No King’s Day 2020 – How to celebrate anyway?

King’s Day 2020 will be more different than ever. The last time the royal visit on that day (Queen’s Day at the time) was cancelled was in 2001, when because of foot-and-mouth disease the royals couldn’t visit Hoogeveen and Meppel. It was possible to celebrate in some other parts of the country, but the royals […]

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Singing – A new way to celebrate royal birthdays! Photo & Copyright: Kongehuset/Per Morten Abrahamsen
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Singing – A new way to celebrate royal birthdays!

It seems to be the new way to celebrate royal birthdays at the moment. More than 100.000 Danes sang for their Queen, Margrethe II, on 16 April, and she watched it herself, as it was all shown live on national TV. At the end she shortly appeared in the doorway of the Fredensborg Palace and […]

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An 80th birthday wish for Queen Margrethe II
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An 80th birthday wish for Queen Margrethe II

If everything had gone according to plan I would have travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark, on 12 April to celebrate the 80th birthday of Queen Margrethe II, and return home on 17 April. Unfortunately there are no celebrations, everything has been cancelled, which is totally understandable. A Dane started a great initiative: “Danmark synger for dronningen” […]

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