Crown Princess Mary attends The Global Goals Awards 2017


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Crown Princess mary of Denmark attended the UN Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards in New York City. The ceremony, which honours outstanding individuals for their contribution to United Nations.
The Princess handed over a award, The Healthy Not Hungry Award is given to an individual whose efforts in tackling chronic malnutrition issues affecting children and mothers are changing lives in his or her community or country.
Princess Mary addressing the crowd before shaking hands with Bernard Coulibaly on stage as she handed over the prestigious accolade.
She also attended the Women Deliver event on women’s rights and health where she handed over Canada as the new host country for the 2019 Women Deliver Conference.


#OTD 21 September 1819 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois was born


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Louise Marie Thérèse d’Artois (Louise Marie Thérèse; 21 September 1819 – 1 February 1864) was a duchess and later a regent of Parma. She was the eldest daughter of Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry, younger son of King Charles X of France and Carolina of Naples and Sicily, daughter of King Francis I of the Two Sicilies. She served as regent of Parma during the minority of her son from 1854 until 1859.

Louise’s father died when she was five months old. When her grandfather abdicated in 1830, Louise joined the rest of her immediate family in exile, eventually settling in Austria. As the granddaughter of the king, Louise was a petite-fille de France. Her younger brother, Henri, Duke of Bordeaux, was King of France and of Navarre from 2 to 9 August 1830, and afterwards the Legitimist Pretender to the throne of France from 1844 to 1883.
On 10 November 1845, at Schloss Frohsdorf in Austria, Louise married Ferdinando Carlo, Hereditary Prince of Lucca, known as Charles III, Duke of Parma and Piacenza after 1849. On 17 December 1847 Empress Marie Louise died and her father-in-law succeeded as Duke Charles II of Parma. The Duchy of Lucca was incorporated in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and she and her husband ceased being Hereditary Prince of Lucca becoming instead Hereditary Prince of Parma.
Her father-in-law was the Duke of Parma for a few months. In March 1848 revolution broke out in Parma supported by King Charles Albert of Sardinia. Ferdinando Carlo escaped from Parma, but was taken prisoner at Cremona. He remained a prisoner at Milan for several months until the British government negotiated his release. After a brief sojourn on the island of Malta, he travelled to Naples and then Livorno where he was joined by Louise Marie Thérèse who had just given birth to their first son. Then the family sought refuge in England and Scotland.
In August 1848 the Austrian army entered Parma, and officially restored Charles II. Ferdinando Carlo and his family, however, remained in England, since hostilities continued between the Austrian and Piedmontese armies. For several years Charles II had considered abdicating in favour of Ferdinando Carlo, but he delayed in the hope that when he did so things would be more secure for his son.

On 24 March 1849, the abdication of Charles II was announced. Ferdinando Carlo, still living in England, succeeded to the title of Duke of Parma, Piacenza, and the Annexed States taking the name Charles III. On 18 May 1849, Louise’s husband re-entered Parma, but he left again two days later. He did not take over the administration of the duchy until 25 August.
When her husband was murdered in 1854, Louise served as Regent for their young son, the new duke Robert I. Like the other rulers of the Central Italian states, she and her son were ousted during the Franco-Austrian War of 1859, and they retired to Austrian protection in Venice.
Various schemes following the war, either for her and her son’s restoration in Parma, or territorial swaps which might leave them ruling over Tuscany, Modena, or the Romagna, came to nothing, as the whole of central Italy was annexed by Piedmont in March 1860. Louise lived out the remainder of her life in exile.

Queen Sophie of the Netherlands met Louise Marie in 1862 and described her in a letter to a friend:
The other day I made the acquaintance of the Duchesse de Parme, Count Chambord’s sister. She is much larger than Princess Mary of Cambridge, very small, but lively, agreeable, without bitterness after so many misfortunes. Her boys are dwarfs but full of French repartée and gaiety. I liked her and pity such a lot—murder and revolutions persecuting her since birth…

Louise died on 1 February 1864, aged 44, in the Palazzo Giustinian in Venice. She was buried in her grandfather Charles X’s crypt at the Franciscan monastery Kostanjevica in Görz, Austria (now Nova Gorica, Slovenia).
Other members of the French Royal Family buried there include her brother Henri, Count of Chambord; her aunt Marie Thérèse of France; and her uncle Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême.

Dutch Royals Attends Prinsjesdag 2017


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King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands’ parliamentary year with his traditional speech. He talked about the devastation Hurricane Irma left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.

“On Prince’s day ( prinsjesdag)all eyes are traditionally oriented on The Hague”, the King started his speech. “But today, our heart and thoughts are first and foremost with the inhabitants of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius, so heavily affected by the devastating power of hurricane Irma. We empathize intensely. It is precisely in these difficult circumstances that interconnection is visible in the Kingdom. Support was promised from many sides and assistance given. The government will do what it takes to remedy this acute need. The Caribbean part of the Kingdom is not alone in responsibility for reconstruction.”
“Looking at the Netherlands, we see many positive developments at the end of this cabinet”, the King said. “Our country is in a better position than at the start of the cabinet in 2012. This is the result of the internationally recovering economy, but also of the adaptability, hard work and resilience of the Dutch population.”

The Dutch economy has been steadily growing since 2014. Economic growth is expected to reach 3.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent next year. Exports, consumption, business investment as well as the surplus on the government budget continues to grow. Unemployment is expected to decline to 4.3 percent next year.

“But no matter how good all the figures and forecasts are, not everyone is benefiting from it. There are still people who struggle to pay the rent every month and get by, or worry about their job security. The government ensured that all groups, including the social minima and the elderly, at least retain their purchasing power in 2018.” The King finds it important to make sure that more people benefit from the Netherlands’ economic prosperity.

“In an open and internationally oriented society like ours, the outside world is always an influential factor”, the King said. And while the international interweaving of the Netherlands is often enriching, increasing international instability also affects people’s lives, directly or indirectly. “Globalization is a fact that we as a country must respond to. Many Dutch people benefit from it. But that does not apply to everyone, and not to all areas.”


“Tensions elsewhere in the world often express themselves in war and violence”, the King said, referring to terrorist attacks in Europe and throughout the world. “Still, we should not let ourselves be ruled by fear. The best answer to terrorism is that we stick to our way of life. The security services involved are very alert and do everything in their power to prevent attacks. Combating radicalization requires both preventative and repressive actions, from paying attention to it at schools to withdrawing Dutch citizenship.”

The King emphasized that the Netherlands continues to work with the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and other international connections, “to ensure our national security and prosperity”. In 2018 the Netherlands is also a member of the UN Security Council. “This membership underscores our continued commitment to stability worldwide, with all the means available to us: diplomacy, development cooperation and the deployment of soldiers.”

“The Dutch men and women who work for peace and security, sometimes far from home, deserve our support and great respect”, the King said. “The Dutch military effort is primarily focused on the wider circle of instability around Europe, as it affects the Netherlands and its allies.” The Dutch government made proposals to continue its military contribution to ongoing missions in Lithuania, Afghanistan, Mali, the anti-ISIS coalition and the fight against piracy next year.

“To address some urgent bottlenecks, there is additional money for security and terrorism”, the King said. More money will go to the intelligence services, so they can recruit more staff. The Koninklijke Marechaussee will be able to strengthen border control. And to better address the increasing digital threats, more money is going to the fight against cyber espionage, cyber sabotage and cyber crime.

“The government feels the lasting and special responsibility to do justice to the innocent victims of flight MH17”, the King said. From next year, the government is setting money aside for prosecuting the perpetrators responsible for downing flight MH17 in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

The King also confirmed a number of figures that already leaked from the budget. An extra 435 million euros will go towards nursing home care from next year. And 270 million euros was set aside to increase primary school teachers’ salaries.

“The gas extraction in Groningen has been reduced by more than half in this cabinet period and as of 1 October, production will be reduced further”, the King said. “But more is needed to do justice to the affected Groningen residents. A compensation fund and a new damage protocol are being prepared. The government realizes that the great concerns of the people who live in the earthquake area in Groningen have not just been taken away.”


“On the threshold of the next cabinet period, a new parliamentary year begins today, in which the next cabinet’s program will determine your work”, the King said, addressing the members of the States General. “The Netherlands is a coalition country. Through cooperation, much has been achieved in the period that is behind us and there is much to build on. You have a special responsibility as representatives of the people. You may know that many people wish you wisdom and pray with me for strength and blessings from God for you.”



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Prinsjesdag is the day on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives to give the speech from the throne; setting out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.
The occasion is prescribed by the constitution, article 65 of which states: “A statement of the policy to be pursued by the Government shall be given by or on behalf of the King before a joint session of the two Houses of the States-General that shall be held every year on the third Tuesday in September or on such earlier date as may be prescribed by Act of Parliament.”
After the speech from the throne, the budget is later presented to the House of Representatives by the minister of finance.

In the 18th century, Prinsjesdag was one of the country’s most popular public holidays and was originally used to celebrate the birthday of Prince William V on 8 March.
Between 1780 and 1797 — known as the Patriot era, leading up to the Batavian Revolution — the day was used for demonstrations of loyalty to the House of Orange, which is probably why the current name was chosen in the 19th century for the ceremonial opening of parliament.

Historically, the constitution has stated that the opening of parliament should take place on a fixed date. The opening of parliament was originally held on the first Monday in November in the first half of the 19th century, and then the third Monday in October, but when a constitutional revision introduced annual budgets in 1848, more time was needed to debate the budget, so the date was brought forward a month. Monday was considered inappropriate, because many parliamentarians in distant parts of the country needed to leave their homes on Sunday to make it to The Hague in time, so in 1887 Prinsjesdag was moved to Tuesday.
Throughout the years 1815 to 1904, the speech from the throne was given in the assembly room of the House of Representatives, but it was moved back to the Hall of Knights after an extensive restoration of the building at the start of the 20th century.
The pomp and circumstance is still very much part of the day.


The first part of Prinsjesdag is the Speech from the Throne at the assembly of the States-General in the Ridderzaal.
At around 12:30 on Prinsjesdag, the members of the Senate and House of Representatives enter the Ridderzaal.
They sit opposite and to the left and right of the throne. The ministers and state secretaries sit to the left of the throne. Behind them sit members of the Council of State, the government’s highest advisory body. They all sit in the enceinte, an area enclosed by unobtrusive wooden barriers symbolising that the head of state is in conference with Parliament.
Outside the enceinte are seats for the other High Councils of State, senior civil servants, high-ranking officers of the armed forces, senior members of the judiciary, the King’s Commissioner of the province of South Holland, the mayor of The Hague and specially invited guests.
At the stroke of one, the King, normally accompanied by other members of the Royal House, leaves Noordeinde Palace in the Golden Coach for the Binnenhof, escorted by court dignitaries and a military escort of honour. Outside the palace stand an escort of honour and a military band.
As the King arrives at the Binnenhof, a band by the steps strikes up the Wilhelmus (national anthem). The King and other members of the Royal House salute the colour of the Royal Netherlands Marines Corps (the most ancient regiment in the Dutch armed forces) and mount the Ridderzaal’s steps, above which hangs a canopy.
The president of the Senate presides over the joint session. Shortly before 13:00, he opens the meeting and then appoints a number of ushers from among the members of the two Houses to escort the King and his entourage. On this occasion, male MPs wear their most formal dress, while female MPs try to outdo each other with extravagant hats.

The ushers receive the King and the members of the Royal House at the entrance to the Ridderzaal. The president of the joint session then announces the arrival of the head of state: a signal for all those present to stand. The King then proceeds to the throne, from where he delivers his Speech from the Throne. In his capacity of (formal) head of the Government he announces the plans for the new parliamentary year. The King’s Speech is not written by the King, but by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.
When the Speech is finished, the speaker of the Senate proclaims “‘Leve de koning!” (“Long live the King!”) which is answered by everyone present with “Hoera! Hoera! Hoera!” This brings an end to the joint session of the two houses. The ushers escort the King and members of the Royal House to the door. The president then closes the session.
When the King leaves the Ridderzaal, the escort of honour again forms in the Binnenhof, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where he traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony.

Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands Opened The Congress Day Of The Youth Professional in Utrecht




Queen Máxima opened the congress ‘The Day of Youth Professionals’ at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. It is the first time that such a meeting is organized for professionals working in youth care and youth protection.

Based on the theme ‘From Dream to Do’, professionals registered with the Foundation for Quality Register Youth (SKJ) and representatives of professional associations on professional registration and disciplinary law, occupational professions, conscience and dilemmas and professionalism in daily practice.

Queen Máxima opened the conference and attends an interview session. It discusses the content of the relationship with the client, the quality of the profession, the position of the professionals as an employee or zzp-er, and the cooperation with other professionals. Subsequently, she spoke with some professionals and representatives of professional associations.

King Willem- Alexander at celebrations 50th anniversary Koppert Biological Systems



Koning bij viering 50-jarig jubileum Koppert Biological Systems

King Willem- Alexander wass present at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Koppert Biological Systems in Berkel and Rodenrijs. The company focuses on biological crop protection and conservation of cultivation. On the occasion of the anniversary, the King opened the newly developed ‘Experience Center’.
The family business started fifty years ago with organic crop protection in horticulture.
The idea was to fight so-called ‘plague insects’ that attack crops with natural enemies instead of chemical agents. The company has now grown into an international company with 25 subsidiaries.

The King began the visit with the opening of the Experience Center, an information center developed for growers, research institutions, students and governments at home and abroad. In an interactive way, they gain insight into the vision of the company, research and development and the production process. After the opening, the King has met with a number of staff and was present at the opening of the International Jubilee Seminar.

King Willem- Alexander Patron Dutch Bible Society




King Willem-Alexander is the patron of the Dutch Bible Society (NBG). Queen Beatrix was the patron of the NBG until her abdication.
Prince Willem II was the first patron of the Dutch Bible Society. The patron function was sequenced by King Willem III, Queen Regent Emma, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix.
The Dutch Bible Society (NBG) is an association of over 120,000 enthusiastic members and 1,430 volunteers.
The Dutch Bible Society brings the Bible close to people, for 200 years. Together with members and donors, we allow people at home and abroad to discover, experience and pass the Bible. We do that for future generations, in other languages and in new forms.

The NBG is there for anyone who finds the Bible relevant and wants to derive meaning for his or her life.

The Duke Of Cambridge Visits Liverpool


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The day in Liverpool included opening a new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital and a visit to Life Rooms which is run by one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK. The Duke ended his trip by watching water activities involving three patronages of His Royal Highness at the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre

The Duke of Cambridge made a series of visits around Liverpool. First he opened the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre (UCAT) at Aintree University Hospital – the new unit, which features a charity funded air ambulance helicopter landing pad, serves around 2.3 million residents its catchment area of in the North West.

The Duke met clinical staff and toured the Emergency, Major Trauma, Resuscitation and the Observation Units, before meeting some of the elderly patients at the Frailty Assessment Unit.


Afterwards The Duke met specialists who run the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Life Rooms in Walton – a community hub and home for the Recovery College.

Over 16,000 people have benefited from the Life Rooms, which aims to challenge the stigma around metal health and promotes positive mental health, learning and wellbeing. The Duke met some of them that were at the centre today and learnt about how they receive one to one advice sessions on finances, addiction, and employment at Life Rooms. The Duke also learnt how the centre provides a space for community groups to meet and for people to share their common experiences.

As one of the leading mental health trusts in the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is one of the leading mental health trusts in the country, and their work was highlighted to The Duke during the Heads Together campaign earlier this year.

In the last stop during his day in Liverpool, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre to watch activities involving three related patronages of His Royal Highness – the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) and Swim England (formally Amateur Swimming Association).

After chatting to divers, children from Wallasey Swimming Club showcased Swim England’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme and BSAC’s snorkelling and diving activities. Before leaving, there was just enough time for The Duke to catch the ESSA water polo session in action.

King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria Attended the Stockholm Security Conference 2017


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King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Security Conference at Artipelag, Värmdö. Stockholm’s International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is hosting the conference, which had the theme of Secure Cities in an Insecure World this year .
Stockholm Security Conference is SIPRI’s second conference in Stockholm with subjects relevant to international peace and security.

This year’s theme Secure Cities in an Insecure World concerned what global security trends mean for cities and its inhabitants, as well as exploring the current and possible ways that cities have available to meet them. The conference was initiated by Jan Eliasson, Chairman of the SIPRI.

Queen Maxima Attended The Opening Of The New Season Of The Royal Concertgebouw 




Queen Máxima attended on Thursday September 14, 2017 the opening of the new season of the Royal Concertgebouw , RCO Opening Night in the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Queen Máxima is the patron of the orchestra.

RCO Opening Night is an annual recurring concert that introduces the Royal Concertgebouw Workshop the new season. The concert is led by conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, German soprano Diana Damrau performed Mozart’s arias. it was Damrau debut at the Concertgebouw orchestra.

On the program, next to arias, were also Mozart’s instrumental works, followed by the eighth symphony of Dvořák and some other pieces of music