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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven to visit New York

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven are to visit New York in a few weeks time. They will be in the Big Apple from 17 November through 19 November.

On their first day in the city, the couple will visit the rehearsal of baroque orchestra and choir of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and The Juilliard School in New York. The Royal House of the Netherlands said in a press release, “More than 63 top talents of both academies run along the Mass in B minor masterpiece of J.S. Bach led by conductor and Bach specialist Ton Koopman.”

On Friday, 18 November, Margriet and Pieter will attend the 35th annual edition of The Peter Stuyvesant Ball in the evening as the honorary guests. Pieter is the patron of The Netherland-American Foundation, which hosts the ball. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the Dutch and American friendships through an exchange of culture, science, and education. The Peter Stuyvesant Ball raises a majority of the funds for this purpose.

On their final day in the United States, they will attend a performance of the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) at the New York City Center, where four acts will take place. Three of these acts will perform in America for the first time. The dances were choreographed by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and associate choreographers Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is an aunt to King Willem-Alexander and a younger sister of Princess Beatrix. She is a member of the Dutch Royal House and last in line to the throne. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, during World War II, while her family was in exile in the North American country.  The Ottawa Civic Hospital, where she was born on 19 January 1943, was temporarily declared extraterritorial by the Canadian government so that she was born in international territory. This meant that she was born with solely Dutch citizenship since under normal circumstances she would have been granted Canadian citizenship by being born on Canadian soil.

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