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Princess Mabel of Orange serves meals at AmsterdamDiner

Princess Mabel of Orange has attended the annual AmsterdamDiner, a fundraiser dinner for the fight against AIDS. The sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is a regular guest of the dinner, but this year she was given a unique role: she served the meals.

Each year Princess Mabel of Orange is a guest at the AmsterdamDiner of the AmsterdamDiner Foundation. The annual gala dinner is held to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Famous people from all over the Netherlands come together to enjoy a party with excellent food, drinks and entertainment while raising money for charity. A central part of the evening is the silent auction.

This year the fundraiser event was organised for the 27th time, and this edition, the Princess was given a particular task: to serve the first course meal. Mabel of Orange-Nassau showed that she was not afraid to get her hands dirty to raise money for charity. When the Princess was asked about the importance of the fundraiser, she said: “Do you know why it is still important? Because there is still such a stigma because so many people still die from AIDS everywhere in the world because also here in the Netherlands people get infected with the Hiv-virus, and therefore we have to keep doing this.”

The AmsterdamDiner 2019, which was held at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, has been considered a huge success as 702,125 euros were raised for the fight against AIDS. That is 119,000 euros more than last year.

Since 2016, the AmsterdamDiner award is given to someone who supports the global fight against AIDS. In 2018 Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel of Orange received the honour for her longstanding commitment. However, this is not the only prize the Princess has earned for her support in the fight against AIDS; in 2017, she won the World Without AIDS Award in Berlin.

Princess Mabel of Orange is the widow of the late Prince Friso, a brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The Princess lives in London with her two children and continues to support various charities. She is the co-founder of Girls Not Brides, an organisation that strives to end child marriages. From 2008 to 2012, she was the first President of The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.