Crown Princess Masako looked very relaxed on her trip ,only here second trip out of Japan since 2002 while visiting the Netherlands. The visit did Masako a world of good, not in the least because her parents live in The Netherlands and she was able to visit with them while Naruhito attended a dinner at Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum hosted by Willem-Alexander’s mother Queen Beatrix. The Dutch shielded Masako from prying eyes, just as they had done when she spent a 2-week vacation with her husband and daughter Princess Aiko a couple of years earlier for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. Crown Prince Naruhito Masako, her husband said in his birthday press conference la
Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Friday at 12.40 PM local time. Princes Zitas Klara is Viktória and Prince Jamie’s first born, she weighed in at a healthy 3626 grams. Princess Zita is named after Prince Jaime’s great aunt, the last Empress of Austria and last Queen of Hungary, Zita Maria delle Grazie Adelgunde Michaele Raphaele Gabriele Josephine Antonie Louise Agnes of Bourbon-Parma. She was a sister of Jaime’s grandfather, Prince Xavier. The second name of the little princess is in honour of Viktória’s grandmother Klara Killermann. Prince Jaime, 41, is the twin brother of Princess Margarita. He is the third child of Prin
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, despite calls to boycott the event over Moscow’s human rights record. “We don’t see the point in a boycott. We believe it’s better to have a dialogue,” Rutte told a weekly press conference. The Netherlands and Russia had a turbulent 2013 which was supposed to be a year of celebrating three centuries of good relations but which turned into a diplomatic nightmare. Low points included a Dutch police assault on an allegedly drunken Russian diplomat and Russia arresting 30 Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic oil drilling. Gay rights activists in April
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was spotted enjoying her trip today, she is currently halfway through her five-day tour of Ethiopia and nearby Tanzania. The Dutch royal, who is due to travel to the second country on Wednesday, seems to have enjoyed the first leg of her trip. As Maxima arrived in Hawassa Airport, she was greeted by officials and presented with a beautiful bouquet of red and yellow roses. As the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Maxima is hoping to raise awareness of how farmers’ and traders’ lives could be improved if they were given access to financial services, such as bank accounts and loans. As soon as s
The Dutch prince who has been in a coma for over a year and half after a skiing accident that saw him trapped by a avalanche in 2012 and starved his brain of oxygen was buried yesterday in the small village of Lage Vuursche at Stulpkerk church. Only around 80 official guests including Friso’s godfather, Norway’s King Harald V, his widow Mabel and their two daughters, Luana 8 and zaria 7, his mother Beatrix and his two brothers King Willem-Alexander and Prince Conctantijn. Roads were closed for the event and events cancelled in Lage Vuursche as the members of his family arrived at the church. It was a intimate funeral with a public memorial event planned later this year.
Princess Mabel spent her 45th birthday on Sunday at her husbands bedside. Prince John Friso, 44, died on Monday a year and a half after slipping into a Coma following a accident where he was hit by an avalanche in February 2012 and was buried for 15 minutes while skiing off-piste in Leche, an Austrian ski resort. A emergency beeper he was wearing alerted rescuers to him but medics took some time to revive him and he suffered a heart attack that lasted 50 minutes and extensive brain damage. He has spent most of that time in a London hospital at the private Wellington Hospital which specialises in neurology but was moved back to the Netherlands last month, but since then has suffered compli