There is hardly any let up in the public activities of the 3 principal members of the Dutch royal family ahead of 30 April, the day Queen Beatrix hands over the throne to her eldest son Prince Willem-Alexander. The King-in-waiting himself is the busiest of them all. And his public agenda no doubt is the tip of the iceberg, with many preparations for his inauguration still going on, including a dress rehearsal one day before the ‘big day’.
Máxima on Thursday gets Girlsday off to a good start. On this day technology companies, research and educational institutions throughout the Netherlands give girls aged 10 to 15 years the chance to get acquainted with science, technology and ICT.
Máxima together with her husband Willem-Alexander on Friday morning will kick off the King’s Games, sport activities specially organised to commemorate the inauguration of the new King. Kids all across the country will get a special breakfast before taking part in the sport activities. The royal couple will travel to Enschede to start the day. The event will be televised live.
On Thursday the Prince of Orange will attend 2 events. In Amsterdam he will inaugurate 'The Next Web Conference'. At this international conference specialists and entrepreneurs from around the world will discuss the future of technology, the Internet and media. Later that day he will also attend a seminar in The Hague.
The Prince makes his final appearance as heir to throne on Friday when he will open the international rowing course Willem-Alexander Baan in the Eendragtspolder. The opening will take place in the main accommodation at the rowing course in Zevenhuizen (municipality Zuidplas).
Queen Beatrix is wrapping up her work. Her last regular public appearance as queen is on Wednesday in The Hague. In the ‘Grote Kerk’ she will open the exhibition ‘Constantijn and Christiaan Huygens - A Golden Legacy’.
This exhibition about the House of Orange, the Golden Age, and the development of science shows which influence the work of father and son Huygens still has today.
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