Ten Years Ago – Beatrix and Laurentien at UMCG

On Friday 30 March 2007 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her daughter-in-law Princess Laurentien – who wasn’t announced beforehand – attended an international symposium about overweight young children at the UMCG (University Medical Center Groningen) in Groningen, The Netherlands. Close to my own house, so of course I went there to have a look. […]

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The Funeral of Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Many people from Bad Berleburg had been saying goodbye to their Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg already during the weekend. Possibly one of the reasons why there were not that many people standing in front of the church where his funeral service was being held on Tuesday 21 March. According to the local newspaper “Westfälische Rundschau” […]

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The Sudden Death of Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (2)

On Saturday and Sunday the people could say goodbye to Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, who died suddenly on Monday 13 March 2017, in the chapel of Berleburg Castle in Bad Berleburg, Germany. The coffin was covered with the flag of the family Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and surrounded by wreaths, among others from staff and some local organisations. […]

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125 Years Wilhelmina Peppermints – A Collector’s Item

The peppermints with the portrait of the young Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands on it is probably the most known peppermint brand of the Netherlands. In 1892 the Dutch sugar confectioner Fortuin Dockum B.V., founded in 1842, created the “Wilhelmina Mints” on the occasion of their 50th anniversary and named them after the 12-year-old Queen […]

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The Sudden Death of Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1)

Unexpectedly on Tuesday 14 March the following announcement was made by the private secretary of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Tommy M. Paulsen: It is with great sorrow that I, on behalf of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte, announce that His Highness Prince Richard has passed away. His Highness died suddenly at the castle in Berleburg […]

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Princess Margriet and her Collection of Inuit Art

On 1 July 1867 – this year 150 years ago – the North American colonies of Great Britain were united. The four founding provinces officially became the Dominion of Canada. The Museum Volkenkunde (ethnology) in Leiden, The Netherlands, celebrates this with a special gallery exhibition about the Inuit: Canadese Inuit Kunst (Canadian Inuit Art), on […]

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