Dutch Royal Family in Vancouver May 9, 2009


Members of the Dutch Royal Family will be Guests of Honour at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the opening of the most significant collection of 17th century Dutch art ever presented in Canada. Their Highnesses Princess Marilène and Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven will formally open the exhibition
Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum at the Dutch Masters Ball on May 9, 2009.

Princess Marilène and Prince Maurits are part of the "new generation" of young Dutch Royals who pursue careers and only rarely represent the Royal House in an official capacity. The couple married in 1998 and have three children. There is a Canadian connection, too: Prince Maurits is the eldest son of Princess Margriet, who was born in Canada. In 1945, Queen Juliana sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in appreciation for Canada’s wartime hospitality and in gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers in the liberation of the Netherlands. The Netherlands continues to send tulip bulbs to Ottawa to commemorate the nation’s close bonds with Canada.

The
Dutch Masters Ball will begin with a champagne reception and official exhibition opening ceremonies. Following a special toast to the Royal Couple, guests will enjoy a formal dinner, live music by The New Dutch Academy from The Hague, a limited auction of luxury items, and dancing to the sounds of Vancouver’s own Dal Richards.

The exhibition opens to the public on May 10 and runs through Sept. 13, 2009. It features 128 works of art, including some of the finest paintings by celebrated masters such as Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer. There is also a selection of drawings and decorative arts.

The Rijksmusem Amsterdam
Photo by Arie de Leeuw

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