Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Royal Info: All You Need to Know About Netherlands Abdication and Investiture

We're only six days away from one of the biggest events of royal history, and all you need to know about the ceremonies and celebrations is below:




Where can we watch the abdication and inauguration ceremonies?


So far only NOS will live broadcast it online on both their website and Youtube Channel, many other website are expected to broadcast and I will update this post with their links, but mean while NOS is the only one, Click HERE to visit the website, and HERE for the Youtube channel.





What is the program of the ceremonies?


There will be a dinner on April 29th, then the abdication ceremony at the palace followed by a balcony appearance, next, there will be a procession leading to the Nieuwe Kerk where the investiture will take place, after that the newly crowned King will return to the palace to receive the royal missions and dignitaries of the world who will attend, finally the King's song will be played minutes before the beginning of the water pageant which will lead to the dinner offered by the Prime Minister. The abdication ceremony will start at 10am CEST (GMT+2), for those who'll be watching from Egypt we follow the same CEST timezone.

For the exact timings of the rest of the events visit the official website of the Dutch Monarchy, HERE.




Who is attending?

Except for the princely families of Monaco (Confirmed their attendance) and Liechtenstein who haven't confirmed their attendance, all the other European royal families (and Japan) have confirmed their crown princely couples' attendance. 

The list includes:
  • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden.
  • Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Brabant.
  • Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan (yes, I'm excited about that too!).
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. 
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias.  
  • HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

UPDATE:  The official guest list has been released by the palace (LINK), they're as follows (Not that Prince Albert is included just as we said days ago):


Royal Family

  • The Queen / Princess Beatrix
  • The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima / the King and Queen
  • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane
  • Princess Mabel
  • Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien
  • Princess Irene
  • Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
  • Princess Christina
  • Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie
  • Princess Margarita and Mr Tjalling ten Cate
  • Prince Jaime
  • Princess Carolina and Mr Albert Brenninkmeijer
  • Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène
  • Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette
  • Prince Pieter Christiaan and Princess Anita
  • Prince Floris and Princess Aimée
  • Mr Bernardo Guillermo
  • Mr Nicolás Guillermo
  • Ms Juliana Guillermo

Royal Delegations

  • Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
  • Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain
  • Crown Prince Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan
  • Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
  • Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
  • Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg
  • Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princees Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Haitham bin Tareq al Said (Oman)
  • Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Misned (Qatar)
  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias (Spain)
  • Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (Thailand)
  • Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Thailand)
  • The Prince of  Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (United Kingdom)
  • Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates)
  • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

 

News

Royal Family, Royal Delegations and Special Delegations at the abdication and investiture, 28 April 2013

The following members of the Royal Family, Royal Delegations and Special Delegationswill be present at the ceremonies surrounding the abdication and investiture on 30 April.

Royal Family

  • The Queen / Princess Beatrix
  • The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima / the King and Queen
  • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane
  • Princess Mabel
  • Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien
  • Princess Irene
  • Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
  • Princess Christina
  • Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie
  • Princess Margarita and Mr Tjalling ten Cate
  • Prince Jaime
  • Princess Carolina and Mr Albert Brenninkmeijer
  • Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène
  • Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette
  • Prince Pieter Christiaan and Princess Anita
  • Prince Floris and Princess Aimée
  • Mr Bernardo Guillermo
  • Mr Nicolás Guillermo
  • Ms Juliana Guillermo

Royal Delegations

  • Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
  • Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain
  • Crown Prince Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan
  • Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
  • Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
  • Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg (A mistake in titles, Guillaume is the hereditary Grand Duke, Stephanie is the hereditary Grand Duchess)
  • Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princees Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Haitham bin Tareq al Said (Oman)
  • Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Misned (Qatar)
  • The Prince and Princess of Asturias (Spain)
  • Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (Thailand)
  • Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Thailand)
  • The Prince of  Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (United Kingdom)
  • Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates)
  • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

Special Delegations

  • Mr Amado Boudou, Vice-President of Argentina, and Senator Beatriz Rojkes de Alperovich, Provisional President of the Senate
  • Mr David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, and Mrs Sharon Johnston
  • Professor Rita Süssmuth, former President of the Bundestag, and Professor Hans Süssmuth (Germany)
  • Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Mrs Zeynep Babacan of Turkey
  • Mr Suh Sang-Kee, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly (Republic of Korea)
  • Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Mrs Margarida Barroso
  • Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
  • Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Mrs Geertrui Van Rompuy
  • Count Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, and Countess Anne Rogge-Bovyn
  • Mr Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Mrs Nane Annan
  • Mrs Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator





What's the dress code for the investiture?

So far the dress code hasn't been released, but most likely it will be white tie/military uniform, and gowns with hats (or tiaras or nothing), through history, ladies sometimes opted for hats or bejeweled headgears. Will update the post with information until the day comes. As for the abdication it's morning suits for both women and men.




We discussed that yesterday already, Click HERE to see the post.

Just one small update to yesterday's post, Jan Taminiau press agent replied today answering my email sent yesterday saying that they don't know if he'll be dressing Princess Maxima or not, but if he is, they'll send a press release AFTER the ceremony, gives you a clue? Don't forget to vote on the thread on both your expected colour and designer!


How cute are all these things?

VERY, check out this video of  people cheering for Queen Bea and you'll know!




What are you excited about the most in the abdication and investiture?



UPDATE: The Princely Palace of Monaco has confirmed the attendance of Prince Albert II; "H.S.H. Prince Albert II will attend the investiture ceremony of His majesty the King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, in Amsterdam on 30th of April 2013."

 However, Princess Charlene will not be attending as she will be traveling abroad "within the framework of Her Foundation activities."




17 comments:

  1. i guess that from the response to your email is pretty likely that he was at least shortlisted to dress maxima and even created some dresses for her for the ocassion. first, because I don't believe that one week before the ceremony he doesn't know at all if he's dressing max (although she probably has commanded several dresses to have back ups - she would always have the opportunity to use them at a later stage at some other gala - and will choose among those on the days leading the ceremony). secondly, because they seem to have a plan on the strategy to do the press release, which is not something you would have if you didn't "help" at all in the preparations.

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  2. You can watch the ceremony live at the royal YouTubechannel too...

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  3. Are you sure about Prince Albert? I can't see it on the official website and it is MOST unsual reigning monarchs attend a coronation/inauguration/investiture!

    The king is inaugurated (or invested if you like) as there is no need for a coronation because the succession is arranged in the Netherlands constitution.

    The dress code for the inauguration is morning suit or military uniform for men (expect for male members of the Dutch royal family who will wear white tie) and long dresses with hats and decorations. Queen Maxima will be the only one wearing a tiara.

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    1. Yes I am sure, I got it confirmed by the Palace, and I know it's so unusual and I'm still shocked, disappointed that Charlene wouldn't accompany him, though.

      Since the dress code wasn't released we can only speculate it, I guess Maxima will be the only one in a tiara too.

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    2. Oh, my goodness, that is really shocking! I know they are friends through the Olympic Committee but this is just not done. First Charlene's 'Privilege du Blanc' and then black again for the Pope's inauguration and then this LOL

      You only have to look at pictures from the 1980 proceedings to understand what the dress code is. There are plenty of pics if you google "inhuldiging beatrix" or "30 april 1980".

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    3. I'm sure Charlene still has the privilege, but maybe she didn't have something suitable for the weather in white.

      About the dress code, if you look at the 1948 inauguration and the 1980 you'll see differences, so maybe there will be something different this time too? until we see or get the dress code confirmed we can keep our minds wild and guess.

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    4. I want Maxima, as a catholic queen, also to have the privilege du blanc, eventhough she is married to a protestant king. Denying her that right would almost be discrimination!

      There are few sartorial differences between 1948 and 1980, the heralds for one, the prince consort, but not many others I can think of?

      I think it will be very much like 1980. Apart from the chairs though, Beatrix and the daughters of the new king will be seated on special chairs, like 1948 opposed to 1980 :)

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    5. I don't think not granting Maxima the Privilege would be discrimination, the protocol states a catholic queen, whether queen sovereign or queen consort can wear white, extending it to Charlene makes sense since she's the wife of a catholic sovereign, but I'm not sure it would make sense with Max who's leading a protestant country. That's said, I guess Maxima might get the privilege as the Vatican is trying to gain supporters, I guess.

      There are some sartorial differences between 1948 and 1980, and between 1980 and now, but I assume it will be more like 1980 than 1948. =)

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    6. I said 'sort of discrimination' ;) I actually believe the privilege du blanc is only reserved for the catholic queens married to CATHOLIC KINGS! Not a single consort to neither the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein nor the Sovereign Prince of Monaco has ever been granted the privilege.
      Please note that the Netherlands is not a protestant country. Firstly, there is no state religion, there is no requirement that the King is religious at all, it's just so happens that the Oranje-Nassau family are protestant. There are MORE catholics in the Netherlands than protestants! And even more atheists. It is a general misconception we are all protestant. Because we live in modern times, I think Queen Maxima will get the privilege du blance, after all she is still (also) Argentinian (they can't give up their nationality by law) and so is the Pope :)

      I can't wait to scrutinise all the differences :)

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    7. Indeed the privilege is reserved for catholic queens who are married to catholic kings. But if you look at Luxembourg, grand duchesses have been granted the privilege since forever and they're not exactly queens, but they're catholic married to catholic.
      I know Netherlands is not a protestant country, I think I just misphrased it in my comment :)

      So it makes sense (at least for me) that Charlene gets the privilege, the fact that Monaco wasn't granted the privilege until now is actually a sort of discrimination as they follow the general rule of catholic sovereign and catholic consort and they're as good as any other country.

      With Maxima it's a different situation as her husband who will be the sovereign is not catholic. But I think as those old barriers are fading Max might get the privilege, It'll be fun to watch over the years. But I think Liechtenstein should get the privilege too/first. Away from the Pope being Argentinian.

      I can't wait to see everything, of course we'll cover it here. :)

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  4. I'm 100% sure that Albert and Charlene will not be there. There has been no such confrimation anywhere of their attendance.

    Besides,you claim:
    "Except for the princely families of Monaco and Liechtenstein who haven't confirmed their attendance, all the other European royal families (and Japan) have confirmed their crown princely couples' attendance. "

    Yet, have Prince Albert of Monaco listed on the "attending" list-when no such confirmation has been made, and likely won't as he is a crowned head and it falls against protocol for him to attend. IF anyone were to go from the Princely Family, it would likely be Princess Caroline.


    Nothing on the websites=NOT TRUE.

    Nice try.

    I'd LOVE to see the source of your claim. A legitimate source. Hello! Magazine or any of those doesn't count.

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    1. If you have bothered to see the previous comments or if you have read the UPDATE at the end of the post you'd know that I got it from the palace DIRECTLY.

      you do realize that the "except for the princely families of Monaco...." part was written before the post was UPDATED, right?
      Anyway, I edited that part now.

      It's not really my problem that you don't believe, I didn't post a "legitimate source" when I posted that Charlene was wearing Dior when she met the Pope for example, I have the right to keep my sources for myself.

      All I say now is wait until Tuesday and see. :)

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    2. I believe you the royal couturier, but you must be carefull for the answer because I read on the royal forum that you asked to the head of the press of Monaco . The man is at the head of the press of Monaco, he is not at the head of the staff of the palace. he knows only that the sovereighn is missing at monaco because he will attend to the enthronement of Willehm Alexander. For the presence of Charlene he will let the palace announce officially if Charlene will be with Albert or not. many serious newspapers said that the palace announced that Albert will be present to the inaugural mass of Pope François and at the least two days before the mass of Rome, it was announced that the princely couple will attend to the inaugural mass. The same thing for the official visit to the palleos. The newspapres use to call the head of the staff of the press of Monaco. The press of monaco and the palace communication are different.
      If the press said you that the prince will attend to the enthronement and Charlene will be aboard for her fondation. It is true but if the press is only saying you that Prince Albert will be present to the enthronement and he does not speak about Charlene. We must wait the official announce of the palace of Monaco and the announce on the list of the guests of the royal dutch palace.
      An another question : Where did you read that Charlene was aboard for her foundation?

      But I believe you for the presence of Albert at the enthronement. WA is a member of the CIO

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    3. When I asked him I asked about the princely couple, not just Prince Albert, and the answer came about the royal couple, not just Prince Albert, he said that Prince Albert will attend, while Princess Charlene will be abroad for her foundation, I quoted the text regarding both Charlene and Albert above in the post, the parts between "" are exactly as I received them. I guess Mr. Francois wouldn't answer a question regarding the Princess unless he was very sure of it. :)

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  5. Thank you the royal couturier, I believe you,Prince Albert will attend the enthronement of Willehm Alexander and Charlene will be aboard for her foundation.
    i thought that Caroline will attend to this event there are only the heirs of the throne and not the kings or queens and I am a little desappointed not to see Charlene at the side of Albert for this big event. But I think she could not cancel the events of her foundation.

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  6. Thank you so much The Royal Couturier for always being so kind when you refers to Princess Charlene. Sadly, a great part of the royal’s blogs are very disrespectful with Charlene. No matter what she does, she is always compares to Princess Grace or Caroline, in a bad way.
    I mostly adore her wardrobe and always looking forward for yours reports. The “worn in week” are greats! Thanks again!
    And I do believe you too, that she is not going to be in Amsterdam  …..just that it would have been perfect that she appears with de Ocean Tiara, maybe we have to wait till Princess Madeleine ´s wedding next June…
    Here in Argentina there is a kind of Máximania as well, I´ll try to wake up at 5:00 am to watch the investiture of Willem Alexander.

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  7. Dear the royal couturier, you were right when you said that Albert would be at Amsterdam and princess charlene would be aboard for her foundation. After your very nice answer to me, I said you I believed you. To day on monaco Matin, there is an announce of the palace saying the same thing that the head of the press said you.

    We must wait untill the wedding of princess Madeleine to see princess Charlene with the Ocean Tiara. but there is the race swimming Mare Nostrum the same day in Monaco and we know that this race is very closed to the heart to the princely couple.

    Thank you also for being so kindly when you speak about Princess Charlene when so many blogs are so disrectful with her.

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