The Netherlands

Flashback Friday: Princess Máxima swims the Amsterdam City Swim for ALS

On Sunday, 9 September 2012, the then Princess Máxima of the Netherlands swam the two-kilometre Amsterdam City Swim to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through the canals of the city.  She finished the course in just under an hour. Dressed in a wetsuit and goggles, Máxima swam through the ancient, murky canals, which have not been officially designated as safe for swimming.
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Looking back at the Queen's Day attack of 2009

Though Queen’s Day is now celebrated as King’s Day in the Netherlands, the 2009 celebrations in Apeldoorn will forever be marked by tragedy. De Naald by Brbbl – CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Ten years ago – on 30 April 2009 – Karst Tates drove his black Suzuki Swift through a crowd of people who had lined the streets to watch the Dutch Royal Family go by in a…
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A short history of King's Day

As the Netherlands prepares to celebrate its sixth King’s Day, Royal Central takes a look at the tradition of celebrating the monarch’s birthday that began as Princess’s Day. In the 19th century, King William III of the Netherlands faced quite a bit of…
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Preparations for King's Day in full swing

On Saturday 27 April, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrates his 52nd birthday. The birthday of the monarch is called King’s Day and includes several public celebrations with the Dutch Royal Family. The city of Amersfoort is working fulltime on the preparations. Now that King’s Day is around the corner, the city of Amersfoort is not only counting the days but also the…
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Queen Máxima visits the Fotomuseum

Queen Máxima visited the Netherlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam on Tuesday to view several exhibitions and learn more about the facilities. One of the exhibitions she saw, during the tour given by Fotomuseum director Birgit Donker, was Shadows by Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar…
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King & Queen of The Netherlands release statement following Utrecht terror attack

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have released a statement following the terror attack in Utrecht on Monday morning which has claimed the lives of three people. The King and Queen said: “It is a great sadness to us that three people were killed and others were seriously injured in an attack in Utrecht. We feel intensely for the victims and their families. Acts of violence are…
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