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The Netherlands

Queen Máxima visits winners of Appeltje van Oranje 2018

Yesterday, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited one of the winners of Appeltje van Oranje 2018 at the YETS Foundation in Schiedam. 

The YETS Foundation is one of this year’s winners of the Appeltje van Oranje 2018. The organisation provides vulnerable young people, through sport and guidance with homework and eating habits, a good start in society.

They were given the award in June in Noordeinde Palace. Each year, the Oranje Fonds, of which King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are joint patrons, awards social initiatives which serve as inspiration and successfully connect groups of people.

During her visit, Her Majesty kicked off her heels and was shown a basketball demonstration, which is one way the YETS Foundation helps give vulnerable young people a good start with sport.

Queen Máxima also heard from seven school children, between the ages of 13 and 16, explain how much ‘Coach Peter’ (Peter Ottens) had meant to them and how their lives had changed. Peter Ottens became emotional hearing the children talk of how he had helped them and began to cry.

Shortly after, the Queen was seen retrieving a tissue from her bag to blot her teary eyes. She also told Peter and the group of children, “Men can also cry.”

After watching the demonstration and hearing their stories, Máxima told those who took part, “I am grateful to you for your openness.” She also joined in on a “Family!” cheer at the end of her visit.

A woman in the crowd also wanted to present the Queen with a letter asking for help for her son, but security stepped in. A personal aide to Her Majesty accepted the message and told the woman that it would be passed on to Queen Máxima.

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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.