The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany

Dutch Royals Visit Albany 2009

In early September 2009, Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima visited Albany during the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's Voyage in 1609. This ceremony took place in front of Albany City Hall where Mayor Jerry Jennings presented Prince Willem Alexander with the key to the city.

Posted by E. James Schermerhorn on August 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM 4553 Views

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Reply Charles Case Stoodley
11:47 AM on November 9, 2014 
As I say elsewhere, Dutch Queen Bee abdicated in favor of her son and wife. Very egalitarian and all, so pragmatic. Pity English Queen "Betty" II doesn't do the same. Just a thought. Next would be for Canada to become part of us, the "Upper US" as waggs will have it. Every decade the "Republican" movement presses forward, but we Yanks here in "TZero" as it has lived up to the NY, NYers epithet, still hear anti-American nonsense. Oh, well, when your country is the best, you have to withstand the naysayers; as they said in Schenectady when I was a kinder: "Can't be jealous without showing it." And "Enuf said!"
Reply Charles Case Stoodley
11:36 AM on November 9, 2014 
You may/not have missed Dutch Queen Bee's abdication in favor of her son; too bad Canada's "Betty" doesn't do likewise and let Charles have-a-go before he's too old to care. Or let Lady Di's son "Wills" be king, soon. All in the "1% club" anyway. Wills and wife have had to redecorate and enlarge quarters in their castle--oh, botheration (PPd-4 by UK taxpayers). Not a second thought for us who descend from those brave souls who 'Rebelled' in 1776, and lived without the "overhead" of royals. Now, if we can just get Congress to do some work for the next two years, and let us free to maybe earn a few buck$.
Reply Charles Case Stoodley
11:31 AM on November 9, 2014 
charlotte van horne squarcy says...
As much as I admire the Queen, it should would be fun to go to a Coronation!
The Royal Couple were so gracious with the crowd when James and his family and I saw them in the Dutch Village at Bowling Green during the 400th celebration.
Reply Charles Case Stoodley
11:27 AM on November 9, 2014 
Queen Wilhelmina, and family, were hosted and safe in Toronto, ON, Canada during the occupation of 'Holland' during WW II. Toronto is 'twinned' with Amsterdam, Holland Province, der Nederlanden and several parks in Toronto are dedicated to this friendly joining of two cities. I worked in Toronto with one of the inniators of this joining. An interesting book I came across--now republished--is the 1970 Holland in Focus by an American journalist and his family who were frotunate enough to be transferred to Amsterdam, where author/compiler Jules B. Farber was PAID to absorb Dutch culture! As a youth young Jules had collected the wee 'dubbeltje' coin, stamped with a likeness "of the spirited Queen Wilhelmina and thought that this was surly the smallest and 'cutest' [coin] in the world...I still have my first dubbeltje..." Think the Spanish picayune, and the town of that name in southern MS, where NASA/GE ran the MSTS, test site for testing Saturn--man on the moon rockets, and the NO, LA Times Picayune newspaper. Enuf said!
Reply Charles Case Stoodley
10:52 AM on January 7, 2013 
CCS, a 'serendipitus' discovery seems appropriate: see the newest 'encarnation' of Holland in Focus (1970) by Yank, Mr. Jules B. Farber, who brought his family to his work assignment in Amsterdam. MANY 'day trips' and personal history, as with his having collected the very "Dutch" tiny coin--a sort of meta4, for "Holland"--a "dubbeltje with a likeness of the spirited Queen Wilhelmina...and surely the smallest thought and 'cutest' in the world?" Well, if one can FIND this very Holland in detailes-focus, it is fascinating; sidbar, for eg. to the Pilgrim Paters at Leyden, who "sheltered here for twelve years before sailing off to the New World." Simon Scama's "Rembrandt..." (1990) has "Rembrandt Harmenzen Van Rijn" born in Friesland Province, NL, but some 'sorses' say his father was residing in Leyden/Liden. My "inFAQ" file, aswere to questions most sane people never thought to ask! Just a thought(?) in passing.
Reply charlotte van horne squarcy
6:40 PM on February 14, 2011 
As much as I admire the Queen, it should would be fun to go to a Coronation!
The Royal Couple were so gracious with the crowd when James and his family and I saw them in the Dutch Village at Bowling Green during the 400th celebration.