National Day of the Netherlands

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National Day of the Netherlands


THE Netherlands celebrates its National Day today and the 23rd Anniversary in office of Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix.

Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard is one of the most respected and loved monarchs in the world. The Queen is the eldest of four daughters born to Princess (later Queen) Juliana and Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. When Juliana ascended the throne in 1948, Princess Beatrix received the title of heiress presumptive. From 1956 to 1961, she attended the State University of Leiden, studying mainly social sciences, law, and history. She earned a doctorate in law in 1961.

In 1995, then President Fidel V. Ramos paid an official visit to the Netherlands as a guest of Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix. In return, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands paid an official visit to the Philippines in November 1996. In 2000, five ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy called on Manila in the framework of the celebration of 400 years of relations between the Netherlands and the Philippines.

Dutch companies are among the largest investors in the Philippines. About 170 Dutch companies have established their businesses in the country. The Netherlands also has a regular development cooperation relationship with the Philippines. Most of its development cooperation programs are focused on rural development and the environment, particularly in the Western Visayas and Northern and Southern Mindanao. …

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