D66 Parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven wants to know whether pressure from the Royal Family is affecting parodies and satire about them. This follows comments made by NOC/NSF boss Gerard Dielessen in NRC that after the Royal Family reacted angrily to satire on the 2012 Sports Gala, the satire on the Sports Gala is much tamer
The man who threw a votive at the Golden Carriage on Prinsjesdag 2010 has received a prison sentence for stalking a woman.
The government formation of 2012, for the first time outside of the head of state, had "transparency" and is "worth repeating". This is according to a committee that evaluated the last government formation by order of the Second Chamber.
A cartoon on Joop.nl, a VARA affiliate, has angered Geert Wilders. The cartoon shows the PVV-leader lying on the ground with scissors stuck in his chest, and Queen Beatrix walking away in the background holding a pair of scissors. VARA defends the cartoon, and cartoonist Adriaan Soeterbeek, Het Parool reports.
The hunter's lodge in the back yard of villa De Eikenhorst, the home of King Willem-Alexander, is being occupied by squatters. The owner is now taking measures to remove the unwanted guests, the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) reports.
Nearly 2.3 million people have watched yesterday's Christmas speech of King Willem-Alexander, according to figures from the Audience Research Foundation.
The "Rijksmuseum" in Amsterdam has already attracted 2 million visitors since the reopening on April 13 this year. The museum welcomed the two millionth visitor, a young tourist from Israel, Tuesday.
New evidence shows that the coronation mantle which was worn by king Willem-Alexander during the inauguration was made in 1948 and is not the original robe of king Willem I, made in 1815.
Some news only becomes news when the facts are covered in mystery. The origin of the coronation mantle is such a news item. Everybody can understand that some textiles can age considerably over a certain period of time. Why does the Government Information Service (RVD) keeps on repeating that the robe is slightly changed but still authentic?
Queen Beatrix postponed her farewell party scheduled on Yom Kippur after the death of her son, Prince Friso.
Prince Friso, the younger brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, has died at the age of 44.
On Monday, King Willem-Alexander paid an initial visit to the headquarters of the Jewish Community (NIHS) of Amsterdam since his inauguration in April, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.
During the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Netherlands' prohibition of slavery, Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher expressed a "deep regret," according to UPI.
In April, Human Services department (HHS) employee Jay Merchant received a special recognition from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
In one year's time the confidence in Willem-Alexander as future King has increased considerably. In 2012, 59 percent of the Dutch trusted him for the job. This is now 69 percent according to the Throne Exchange IPSOS survey research commissioned by the NOS.
The increase is primarily due to the television interview with the future King and Queen, which aired last Wednesday. Almost half of the Dutch (48 percent) think positively about Willem-Alexander.
Queen Beatrix will host a farewell dinner at the Hall of Fame of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday. The foreign guests who will attend the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander a day later have been invited to the farewell dinner. For the ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk, many foreign royals have traveled to Amsterdam.
Although companies come up with many 'Oranje' advertising campaigns about the inauguration, these campaigns are fewer than campaigns for a World Cup or European Championship, according to Gonnie Spijkers in his advertisement blog ‘Verse Reclame’.
The Dutch Jewish community (Nederlandse joodse gemeenschap) is irritated about the coinciding of the farewell party of Queen Beatrix and the most important Jewish celebration day Jom Kipoer on the 14th of September.
“If members of the royal family apply constructions to avoid tax, it is a private consideration. Tax evasion, however, is a serious felony and must be fought. But as long as something is not prohibited by law, people may use it.” Secretary of State Frans Weekers of Finance said this Monday in the TV program Pauw and Witteman in a response to a message that Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven used a tax structure to reduce the tax on the inheritance for their children and grandchildren. That construction is not prohibited. "The law applies to everyone," said Weekers.
About 20,000 people visited the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Saturday between 1:00 pm and 12:00 pm, after a reopening ceremony led by Queen Beatrix in the morning.
On Saturday no entrance fee was raised, and visitors received a guided tour of the main highlights in the museum. The reopening was broadcast live on the channel Nederland 2 and about 1.15 million people saw the show.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your king from the cockpit!" This could be happen to passengers after April 30. “Prince Willem-Alexander is determined to ‘as long as possible’ keep his pilot license, even after the inauguration,” says the Government Information Service (RVD).
In order to have the required flight hours for the license, the prince has for many years been a guest pilot at KLM Cityhopper. He flies to European destinations with a Fokker 70. “This can be both,” says the RVD, “on the government plane PH-KBX as on a Fokker 70 from the regular fleet.”