King Willem- Alexander and Queen Maxima state visit to Portugal day 3


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The third and last day of state visit started King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Alverca, north of Lisbon. The couple visited OGMA, Indústría Aeronáutica de Portugal. Following a tour of the hangars, the couple spoke with the companies participating in the parallel economic mission about possibilities of Portuguese-Dutch cooperation in the field of aircraft construction and maintenance and airport development.

Then the Royal Couple traveled to the Escola Nacional de Bombeiros, the national fire department institute in Sintra. In this center firemen are trained to command. This makes use of simulation software developed in Delft.

Afterwards, the couple visited Palácio da Vila in the historic center of Sintra. The 14th-century palace with its characteristic chimneys has been inhabited by Portuguese kings for centuries.

In the afternoon, the state visit in the coastal town of Cascais ended with a reception for the Dutch Community in Portugal. The Royal Couple met in Portugal living and working Dutch.


Boris, Prince of Tarnovo


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Prince Boris of Bulgaria, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Tarnovo, (born 12 October 1997 in Madrid) is the elder son of Kardam, Prince of Tarnovo, and the grandson of former Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria.
He is, after the death of his father on 7 April 2015, first in line of succession to the defunct Bulgarian throne.
Boris, who has maintained close relations with the Spanish royal family since his father’s death, speaks Spanish, English, French and some Bulgarian. He is an artist, devoted to sculpture, plays the guitar and was educated at the Lycée Français Molière in Villanueva de la Cañada in the vicinity of Madrid. He chose to complete his baccalaureate studies in Austria

King Willem- Alexander and Queen Maxima State Visit to Portugal- day 2


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The second day of the state visit started with a visit to the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. The institute has laboratories for high-quality biomedical research and an advanced clinic for the treatment of cancer patients. The King and Queen are familiar with the treatment methods and partnerships with the Netherlands.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Portuguese colleague, Minister Augusto Santos Silva, hold a presentation on European cooperation at the Universidad de Lisboa. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima concludeed and talked to students about the challenges of the European Union.

During the Trade Lunch, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima met the participants of the parallel economic mission and their Portuguese network and were witnessing the signing of some cooperation agreements.


In the afternoon, the couple opened a temporary exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. For this occasion, the Rijksmuseum has given Landscape with Rembrandt’s stone bridge in loan. In addition, pieces from the royal collections can be seen.
Subsequently, Prime Minister António Costa received the Royal Couple.


In the evening, the King and Queen invited the President and Portuguese guests to a concert and reception, as a gratitude for the hospitality offered during the state visit. Dutch-Friesian singer Nynke Laverman and fado singer Cristina Branco gave this contra performance in Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II.

State visit of Jordan to Netherlands postponed


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By mutual agreement it was decided to postpone the planned state visit in November 2017 of their Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Netherlands. The visit is postponed until a jointly date to be determined

King Willem- Alexander & Queen Maxima State Visit Portugal – Day 1


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The state visit started at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belem, Lisbon. President Rebelo de Sousa received the Royal Couple with a welcome ceremony. Then the King and Queen were putting a wreath at the tomb of Portugal’s greatest poet and national hero, Luís de Camões. Followed by a tour of the Jerónimos monastery and an interview with the president in Palácio de Belém.
After that, the King and Queen met the President of Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues. In the afternoon, the Royal Couple were received by the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, after which they leave by tram to the neighborhoods of Mouraria and Intendente.
Mouraria and Intendente are among the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon. During the economic crisis, initiatives have been launched to improve the local living and entrepreneurial climate. A number of projects are connected to the New Europe-Cities in Transition network. This initiative of Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam is funded, inter alia, by the EU-Europe for Citizens Program. The King and Queen talked to the initiators of some projects.
The first day concluded with a state banket, offered by President Rebelo de Sousa in Palácio de Ajuda.

Queen Máxima of The Netherlands will attend cremation ceremony Thai King Bhumibol


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Queen Máxima will be present at the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The ceremony takes place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, the square at the Royal Palace where traditional royal cremations traditionally take place. Queen Máxima represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Wedding Prince Philip of Serbia & Danica Marinković




Prince Philip Karadjordjevic, a Serbian royals, married Danica Marinkovic on Saturday in a ceremony at Belgrade’s main cathedral.
The wedding was performed by the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, and attended by many public figures. Dozens gathered outside the church.
Philip is one of the sons of Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the heir to Serbia’s now-defunct throne. The royal family ruled Yugoslavia until communists took power after World War II and abolished the monarchy. Exiled during WWII, the family returned to Serbia after 2000.
Prince Philip was born in Fairfax, Virginia, while his wife is the daughter of prominent Serbian painter Cile Marinkovic.



Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands Attended The 5th Teachers’ Congress




Queen Máxima visited the 5th Teacher’s Congress in Amersfoort on Friday 6 October 2017. The two-day conference is for teachers in primary, secondary, special and secondary vocational education.
Queen Máxima visited some workshops and talked with the Teacher Chamber; the group of all Teachers of the Year. This national election has been organized by Education Co-operation since 1999 to make the quality and passion in education more visible. Activities of the Teacher Room include arranging a special program for starters and inspiring colleagues with master classes.
Queen Máxima was also present at the presentation of the delegation meeting. These are 24 teachers, chosen by the teachers themselves, who will represent their professional group nationwide. Reason for the establishment is the entry into force of the Law Apprenticeship Act, which establishes the professional space and control of teachers. After the presentation, Queen Máxima will talk to the delegation representatives about their new work.

Queen Saleha of Brunei


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Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam is the Queen consort of Brunei as the wife of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei. She was the daughter of Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam and Pengiran Anak Besar.

Saleha was born at Kampong Sumbiling, Jalan Istana Darussalam in Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei Darussalam on 7 October 1946.
Saleha had her early education through private tuition at the surau (a large prayer hall) of Istana Darul Hana. She also attended religious classes. She furthered her secondary education at Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI) in Bandar Seri Begawan until 1965.
When Saleha was young she sometimes did not wear a veil.

On 28 July 1965, Saleha married her paternal 1st cousin Crown Prince Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, son of her father’s sister.
Saleha has two sons and four daughters. She has thirteen grandchildren (five from her daughter Princess Rashidah, three from her son Crown Prince Billah, two from her daughter Princess Majeedah, two from her daughter Princess Hafizah and one from her son Prince ‘Abdul Malik), and her elder son is the Crown Prince of Brunei.

Saleha is the Patron to various organisations including the Women’s Institute (WI), Pertiwi Association, PEKERTI, the Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam, the Brunei Government Senior Officers Wives Welfare Association (BISTARI), the Women’s Council of Brunei Darussalam, The Women Graduates’ Association, and the Brunei Shell Women Association.

Being a lover of nature, Saleha has a fruit garden, a fish pond and a bird park. Her hobbies include reading, playing badminton as well as traditional Bruneian games such as Congkak and Pasang.

Skånelaholm Castle



Skånelaholm Castle is a castle in Sigtuna Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden.

Skånelaholm lies in a very old cultural landscape and may have been a crown estate manor during the early Middle Ages. The estate is mentioned for the first time in written sources in 1276, when it was sold by King Magnus III to Sko Abbey, a monastery at the site of present-day Skokloster Castle. It remained in the possession of the abbey until the Reformation, when it was confiscated by King Gustav Vasa. It thereafter was a crown estate manor for a long time. In 1618 it was let to Johan Patkull, a nobleman of Livonian extraction in service of the Swedish king (not to be confused with the more notorious Johann Patkul). The estate however remained the property of the crown until 1641 when it was bought by Anders Gyldenklou, who built the presently visible main building. It stayed in the Gyldenklou family until the 1690s, after which the estate changed ownership several times until 1742, when it was acquired by Frans Jennings. Jennings was born on Ireland but settled in Sweden and made a large fortune as a merchant in Stockholm. He was made a member of the Swedish nobility in 1742 and made Skånelaholm Castle the seat of his family. It stayed in the family until 1918. The last private owner of the estate was Herbert and Ing-Marie Rettig, who donated the castle to the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in order to preserve it. The academy today own and administer the estate.

The castle was probably built in 1639–1643 and is in a German-Dutch late Renaissance style. It is built of brick, but during a renovation in the 1890s the facade was covered in stucco and the building attained its present ornate decoration, as well as its present colour. It lies on a peninsula in a small lake, Lake Fysingen, and is surrounded by a park. The park was probably laid out in the 18th century and transformed into an English landscape garden during the 19th century. The main building is flanked by four low wings, built during the middle of the 18th century.
The castle contains many preserved historical interiors. The first floor was the main representative floor and contains the dining room, a room of 17th-century character, and a Rococo drawing-room with paintings in the style of François Boucher, possibly painted by Guillaume Taraval. The second floor contains the large library and another drawing-room, called the “blue drawing-room”. It contains Empire style furniture, possibly made in Venice.