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Prince Constantijn – Let’s Gro!

To be honest I had never heard before about the festival about the future of Groningen called Let’s Gro, that took place already for the fourth time this year (9-12 November 2016). Four days to learn about special projects of people from Groningen, the future of innovations and entrepreneurship, and of Groningen itself. But on…

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Catherine the Great conquers Amsterdam

While at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will open the exhibition “Anna Pavlovna, colourful queen” on 5 October – the exhibition itself will be open to the public from 6 October 2016 to 5 February 2017 – there is still an exhibition going on in the Netherlands about another royal,…

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Royal Amsterdam once again

High on my list this Summer was a visit to Amsterdam. On 3 September 2016 I didn’t manage to do everything I wanted, but that wasn’t such a big deal. And the company – royalty-watcher Oscar Meijer – was good as always. The “Nieuwe Kerk” where the Dutch monarchs are being inaugurated, is an interesting…

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Summer at Palace Het Loo

On Saturday 20 August I visited Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn once again. The palace is always worth a visit when there is an exhibition, or even more. And due to a foot/ankle injury I hadn’t seen the ones of the Summer of 2016 yet. And I really was only just in time, or I…

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Noble Traces in East Frisia

Did you know that East Frisia (Ostfriesland) in Germany once had its own counts from 1464 to 1654, and even its own Fürsten (princes) from 1654 to 1744? Then the Cirksena dynastie became extinct. The last woman died in 1761. Without much trouble the Prussians then claimed East Frisia. In Aurich is the family mausoleum.…

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Royal Wedding Songs

Several royal couples received their own official wedding song when they got married. I might well have missed a few, but here are some official ones. Starting with Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange, and Máxima Zorreguieta in 2002. No, the song wasn’t “Adiós Nonino” performed by Carel Kraayenhof. The national -yes national – wedding song…