• How life will change for Princess Amalia now that her father is king

    In an affluent suburb of The Hague a lively youngster arrives daily at a state school where the motto is 'learn together, work together, play together'. While the wider world knows her as Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, to the staff and 400 pupils at Bloemcamp School she is just a regular member of their closeknit community. Her parents Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima want her treated like any other nine-year-old. Princess Amalia with her two sisters Alexia and Ariane So up until now Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria – to give their daughter her full name – has enjoyed

  • Vote: Who reigned in the style stakes at the investiture ceremony?

    A host of European royals gathered at the 15th century church at the States General on Tuesday to see Willem-Alexander see him being sworn-in as the new King of the Netherlands. Queen Maxima gave a nod to the Dutch flag with her royal blue Jan Taminiau gown while the other ladies appeared to have colour-coordinated, sporting different shades of neutral tones. But who was your best-dressed? Place your vote below. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO

  • First official picture of the new Dutch king and queen

    King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Maxima have released their first official photo as leaders of the House of Orange. The couple, who have been married for 11 years, were both resplendent in their regal finery and looked confident ahead of their new roles.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Argentine-born Maxima wore a full-length, flowing magenta gown. She had previously worn the bold number while in The Hague in September 2012 for Prince's Day.  The 41-year-old's lavish ruby Mellerio tiara dazzled atop her neat updo. The 1889 statement diadem was by famed French designer Mellerio and was gifted to Queen Emma by her

  • Queen Beatrix abdicates and returns as a Princess to idyllic country castle where she spent 'happiest' years

    In the wealthy hamlet of Lage Vuursche in The Netherlands orange flags have been flying for days in honour of Queen Beatrix, the country's hugely popular sovereign, who has abdicated. Following the inauguration of her son Prince Willem-Alexander, the royal is moving to Drakensteyn Castle, the marital home she shared in the village with her late husband Prince Claus. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Some 33 years after taking a solemn oath to serve the Dutch nation, the 75-year-old matriarch has also reverted to her original status as a Princess. It was on the 49-acre estate of Drakensteyn that the couple

  • Dutch inauguration: Queen Beatrix bids farewell to the nation in final televised speech

    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has addressed the nation for the last time. Almost 33 years to the day after she was crowned, the Dutch monarch bid a touching farewell to her loyal people, and reflected on her many years on the throne. During her final discourse, Beatrix thanked her subjects for their "heart-warming displays of affection" and spoke lovingly of her beloved late husband, Prince Claus, who passed away in 2002.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE "Without your heart-warming and encouraging displays of affection, the burdens, which certainly have existed, would have weighed heavily," she said. Paying tribute to her

  • City of Amsterdam ready to celebrate Willem-Alexander's crowning moment

    Orange fever has gripped the city of Amsterdam as the Dutch people prepare to celebrate a new chapter in their history. On Tuesday morning, Willem-Alexander will be crowned King, the first king to reign in more than 100 years, and already crowds are taking to the streets to play their part in the momentous occasion. It's a day the nation has long been preparing for as the Dutch people unite to celebrate the reign of Queen Beatrix and welcome the next generation of royals. Huge numbers of orange-clad path-goers have started to line the streets, clutching national flags and banners.

  • The perfect coat for SS13

    Find the perfect coat for the summer season... As the weather warms up, finding the perfect coat can be difficult; it’s time to find a coat to suit your summer style. Here in the UK, even when the sun starts to shine, the weather can still be unpredictable! If you leave the house on a glorious summer morning, there is still a good chance that clouds or rain may appear later in the day. On days like this, you need a jacket that can be worn even when the sun is shining. Perfect women's coats for days like these include: •

  • Gluten and dairy-free toffee apple flapjack

    Dish type: Baking Ingredients 4 apples (eating, not cooking), peeled, cored and chopped roughly Juice from half a lemon Pinch of cinnamon (optional) 175g Stork or dairy-free butter replacement (you can use unsalted butter if you're not avoiding dairy) 50g light brown muscovado sugar 5 tbsp golden syrup (be generous!) 300g Delicious Alchemy Gluten Free Rolled Oats Method 1. Pop your oven on to 180C to warm up and line a baking tin or large loaf tin with parchment (the loaf tin will give a thicker flapjack) 2. In a small saucepan, heat the apples, lemon juice and cinnamon if you're using it until

  • Victoria Beckham unveils new bob

    Victoria Beckham has unveiled a new, shorter haircut on Twitter. The fashion designer tweeted a picture of herself sitting in front a mirror wearing a white dressing gown and sporting a short, wavy bob while her hairdresser poses behind her. "Loving the hair," she captioned the snap. "Thank u Tina Outen @Tinadidit x vb."   From long extensions to a super short pixie crop, Victoria, 39, has been known to change her hair style frequently. The picture of her new 'do comes a day after Victoria attended the Vogue Fashion Festival in London, where she spoke candidly about the pressures

  • Gluten-free coconut chocolate brownies

    Dish type: Baking Ingredients 70 grams of sifted TIANA coconut flour 76g of butter or TIANA Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 64g of cocoa powder 6 eggs 250g TIANA Organic Raw Crystallised Coconut Nectar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 140 grams of nuts, chopped (optional) Method 1. In a saucepan at low heat, blend together butter/oil and cocoa powder. 2. Remove from heat and let cool. In a bowl, mix together eggs, nectar, salt and vanilla essence. Stir in cocoa mixture. 3. Whisk coconut flour into batter until there are no lumps. Fold in nuts. 4. Pour batter into a greased 11x7x2 or 8x8x2 inch

  • Gluten-free banana coconut bread

    Dish type: Baking Ingredients 1 ripe banana, mashed 8 eggs ½ cup TIANA coconut milk ½ cup TIANA Organic Raw Crystallised Coconut Nectar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup sifted TIANA Organic Coconut Flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped Method 1. Blend together mashed banana, eggs, coconut milk, nectar, salt, vanilla and almond extracts. 2. Combine coconut flour with baking powder and whisk thoroughly into batter until there are no lumps. Fold in the nuts. 3. Pour into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and bake at 175C (350F) for 60 minutes. 4. Remove from pan and cool on

  • Sparkling Victoria of Sweden leads princess parade

    Clad in bronze sequins, Princess Victoria of Sweden shimmered and shone as she stepped out for the gala dinner, a celebration to round off a fantastic day of festivities in the Netherlands. On the arm of her husband Prince Daniel, the royal looked radiant as she turned up to show her support to the new king and queen. Also dazzling at the evening event was Princess Mathilde of Belgium, whose nude dress was adorned with a crystal pattern.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY The ladies were joined by fellow European royal Princess Letizia of Spain, who was showing patriotism

  • Gluten-free caramelised blueberry tart

    Dish type: Dessert The brittle sugared top on this purple-juiced blueberry tart is a perfect contrast to the softly set cinnamon custard. Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30 minutes Cooking time 45-50 minutes Ingredients For the shortcrust pastry 175g (6oz) gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for rolling 125g (4½oz) cold unsalted butter, cubed 20g (¾oz) Tate & Lyle’s golden granulated sugar Pinch of salt 2¼ tbsp cold water For the filling 295g (10½oz) blueberries 1 tbsp water 1 level tbsp Tate & Lyle golden granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 large egg yolks 200ml (7floz) double cream 2 tbsp brandy 1 level tsp cinnamon For the topping 40g (1½oz) Tate & Lyle’s golden granulated sugar Method 1. You will also need

  • Gluten-free blueberry muffins

    Dish type: Muffins Serves 6 Ingredients 2 happy eggs 250g gluten-free self raising flour 120ml milk 100g caster sugar 150g butter 1 small punnet blueberries Method 1. Mix the butter and caster sugar together until they form a light creamy paste. Add the eggs and beat with a whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy; this is the key to keeping the texture of your muffins. Gently, fold in the flour using a wooden spoon and finally the blueberries. Add milk as required to keep the mixture moist. 2. Lightly oil your Muffin moulds and pour the mixture in, right to the top. Place in a preheated oven

  • Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake

    Dish type: Baking A gluten-free treat that tastes just as good, if not better! Makes 1 loaf, approximately 10 slices Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 50 minutes Difficulty: Moderate Ingredients 170g butter 250g Whitworths fine caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 lemons, zest and juice 2 tbsp milk 170g gluten and wheat-free white self-raising flour, sieved 25g Whitworths crunchy demerara sugar Method 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / Gas Mark 4. Line an 18cm/7inch loaf tin with oiled greaseproof paper. 2. Beat the 170g butter, with the Whitworths fine caster sugar and vanilla for 2-3 minutes or until it is light and fluffy.