• Prince Willem-Alexander's last birthday before date with destiny at inauguration

    As Prince Willem-Alexander blows out the candles on his birthday cake this weekend at Villa Eikenhorst, the home he shares with his wife Princess Maxima, he may reflect on the fact that it will be the last such quiet celebration for his big day. For the man friends call Alexander or Alex is on the verge of fulfilling his destiny, with his inauguration as King of the Netherlands. On 30 April, three days after his 46th birthday, Willem-Alexander will become the first male to ascend the throne since 1890. Life is about to change for the Crown Prince and Princess Standing in

  • Dutch shop shelves flooded with royal inauguration memorabilia

    Excitement is building as The Netherlands prepares for 30 April, the day Crown Prince Willem-Alexander officially takes over his mother's title as head of the Dutch monarchy. Willem-Alexander will become king and his wife Princess Maxima will step up as queen consort when the current monarch Queen Beatrix, who has reigned for 33 years, officially abdicates.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Ahead of the event, commemorative memorabilia honouring the momentous occasion has been released to the public. From fun masks of the royal couple, to figurines and decorative plates, there is a wide range of souvenirs and keepsakes to honour

  • Princess Victoria spends some quality time with Princess Estelle

    Princess Victoria of Sweden has been spending quality time with her adorable daughter, Princess Estelle. As spring starts to get underway the royal mum and daughter took the opportunity to take a stroll in the grounds of Stockholm's Haga Palace. The images, taken on 25 April, show Estelle wearing a warm woolen jumper, blue jeans and white shoes that match her mother's. Victoria looked casual in a grey long-sleeved top, jeans and a grey scarf. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY The cute images of Estelle come two months after Sweden's heir celebrated her first birthday. With proud parents, Princess Victoria and