One of The Netherlands great claims to fame is that it is home to many multi-national organizations including branches of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO. It is no surprise then that Princess Beatrix was on hand for the official opening of new UNICEF offices at The Hague.
NORWAY, February 12: Lighting an Olympic flame
Young Princess Ingrid Alexandra got to run up the stairs to light the Olympic cauldron for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer. The entire Norwegian royal family is crazy about winter sports and can often be seen competing in events themselves.
GREECE, February 16: A fashion-forward young princess
19-year-old Princess Maria Olympia of Greece has been emerging more and more into the fashionable world. Perhaps not a surprise since her mother, American-born Crown Princess Marie-Chantal is a children's fashion designer. Maria Olympia attended the Michael Kors fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Recently tabloids linked her romantically (and without foundation) with her distant cousin Prince Harry of Wales.
THE NETHERLANDS, February 16: Visiting Western Brabant
Queen Maxima was at her big-brimmed, big-earring best as she and the King visited their Dutch countrymen in the Brabant region. (I always like it when she makes an effort with her hair!) But, she is really twinning it up with her mother-in-law's attire from a few days earlier (see above).
SPAIN, February 16: Visiting the Prado
One of the privileges of being a Queen, is having access to all of the great cultural institutions of your country. This week, Queen Letizia and King Felipe, attended a meeting of the Board of Patronages at The Prado in Spain. They also greeted some very excited schoolchildren, who had waited calmly to see them.
UNITED KINGDOM, February 16: Scholarship ceremony
Her Majesty looked delightful in shiny, textured cream-suit when she visited Claridge's to attend the Gold Service Scholarship Award ceremony. Created in 2012, these awards recognize and encourage young talent in working in front-of-house positions within the hospitality industry.
THE UNITED KINGDOM, February 16: Reading to the kids
A passionate advocate for literacy programs, The Duchess of Cornwall rarely misses an opportunity to read in public. Here she seized the moment as part of the preview event marking an upcoming exhibition celebrating the centenary of children's author Roald Dahl.
BELGIUM, February 17: Remembering their loved ones
Queen Mathilde, King Philippe and members of the extended Belgian royal family attended a mass in memory of their deceased family members at their home church in Laeken. Other royal ladies in attendance included the King's cousin, Margaretha of Liechtenstein, his half-aunt Princess Esmeralda of Belgium, and his late half-uncle's widow, Princess Lea of Belgium.
THE NETHERLANDS, February 17: Helping erase personal debt
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Queen Maxima was all smiles as she helped SchuldHulp Maatje celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Dutch organization aims to help people with debt problems. Maxima is interested in everything related to finance and in helping people achieve success in this area.
SPAIN, February 17: Still more audiences
UNITED KINGDOM, February 17: #YoungMindsMatter
MONACO, February 18: More New York Fashion Week
UNITED KINGDOM, February 18: Greeting the diplomats
UNITED KINGDOM, February 18: Sending off the RAF
SWEDEN, February 19: Hiding the baby bump
UNITED KINGDOM, February 19: Visiting flood victims
Flooding devastated areas around York a couple of weeks ago, so The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge, paid a visit to encourage local residents and business owners, as royals often do in the face of disasters.