Site Columns By Christian
April 1, 2001 - 11:22 PM

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Our crown prince is getting married! Everyone here in the Netherlands has been really excited ever since Friday morning, when all the newspapers were reporting Queen Beatrix would address the nation at 6 in the evening, followed by a speech by the prime minister. After all the speculation over the past year, everyone then already pretty much new the engagement would be announced, but it was still great to actually see it happen.

The announcement was made from the library of the Queen's working palace in the Hague, and started with the Queen and her husband giving their best wishes. After that, the crown prince's bride, Maxima, actually got to speak and it was amazing to hear she spoke in almost flawless Dutch - she's Argentinian, so it's very surprising how well she learned to speak the language in just two years.

After the announcement crown prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima made a 'spontaneous' stroll through the Hague, really melting everyone's hearts. The wedding itself isn't until January, but until then the couple is going to go out and meet the Dutch people - I never thought I'd actually want this, but I'm really hoping they'll come to Utrecht too - I'd go out and stand in line to shake their hand in a heartbeat.

Meanwhile, apologies go out for the lack of any Site Columns yesterday - I was doing battle with an unwilling ADSL line at the time, so wasn't actually able to connect to the net.

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