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The Netherlands

Princess Beatrix visits ‘Diepgeworteld’ exhibit

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© RVD - Jeroen van der Meyde

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the ‘Diepgeworteld’ exhibit at the Dordrecht Museum on Tuesday, 8 December.

The former monarch received a tour of the new display before speaking to artists and representatives from the Tree Foundation and the Dordrecht Museum.

The “Deeply Rooted – Trees in Dutch painting” exhibit was organised on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Tree Foundation, of which Beatrix has been the patron since 1992. The Tree Foundation works to promote care and attention to trees in the countryside and the city.

“Deeply Rooted – Trees in Dutch painting” was supposed to open in November, but due to the pandemic, the opening was delayed. The display features over 70 Dutch paintings from six centuries. Artists such as Meindert Hobbema, Vincent van Gogh, Charley Toorop and Armando are exhibited.

“The museum wants to show that the relationship between people and trees is ancient and at the same time topical,” the Royal House explained about the exhibit.

On their website, the museum has said about the exhibit: “Attention to trees and forests is now more relevant than ever. Due to the climate and health crisis, we are increasingly aware of the value of nature—ecological, but also spiritual. Trees provide clean air, shelter and cooling, but also offer peace and space for reflection. They have appealed to the imagination of painters for centuries, feature in old stories and are loaded with symbolism. Trees defy the seasons and the years. They are the lungs of the earth, deeply rooted in the ground and reaching for heaven.”

The exhibition will run until 5 April 2021, and tickets can be bought online. More information can be found here.

Princess Beatrix, 82, has undertaken limited public appearances over the past few months due to the pandemic. Her last engagement was in August when she attended the European Union Youth Orchestra concert on 16 August.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.