Tuesday, July 23, 2019


The royal events I really would love to attend one day

When you have health problems that bad that you wonder if you will ever be able again to attend royal events, you wonder what is left to wish for. There are many places to travel to, although nothing that I really still have to do. There are also many events I still would love to […]


National day celebrations in the monarchies

Almost all the European monarchies have a national day. It is however not always a day the royal family of that country takes part in. I have thus far been to national days in the Netherlands, Belgium and Liechtenstein, but it would be interesting to be part of the other ones too. While some countries […]

Looking back – Dutch photo session in the sun

Today the yearly photosession of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands took place again. Exactly six years ago I was there when they posted in the gardens of their then residence. As they moved into Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague early this year, this year’s […]


Museum Nienoord in Leek – Day of the Castle 2019

Whit Monday (the Monday after Pentecost) is a legal holiday in many European Countries. In the Netherlands it is since 2008 also the “Dag van het Kasteel” (Day of the Castle). Many castles and country seats, gardens and ruins are open. Since 2016 also some Belgian and German castles take part. Many of them are […]

Media & Co.

Book Review – Ira. The Life and Times of a Princess

Years ago, when neither the Duchess of Sussex, nor the Duchess of Cambridge were dominating the royal world, and even their mother-in-law Princess Diana was still to be born, a very young European Princess caught the attention of the media worldwide. Younger royalty watchers might not know the name anymore of Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, […]

Marie zu Wied – Lecture Stichting Nassau en Friesland on 13 November

Daar U het eenigste overgebleven familielid van mijn Huis zijt..! As you are the only remaining family member of my house..! Bearn Bilker over Marie Vorstin van Wied, Prinses der Nederlanden (1841-1910) Bearn Bilker about Princess Marie zu Wied, Princess of the Netherlands (1841-1910) De Nassaulezing van Stichting Nassau en Friesland op woensdag 13 november […]