WHO Royal Netherlands Embassy
WHAT Media Open House Preview for "Meet the Dutch"
WHERE Residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam, 2347 S Street, NW, Washington, DC
WHEN April 25th 2005, 3pm

As the Royal Netherlands Embassy kicks off its 2005 "Meet the Dutch" week
celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, journalists are
invited to preview the residence of the Ambassador and Mrs. Boudewijn J. van

Dutch floral and event designer René Hofstede of Mille Fiori Floral Design
in New York City will transform the Ambassador's residence with thousands of
fresh cut flowers using a variety of blooms including tulips. A silver and
orange theme will be integrated into Hofstede's floral arrangements, which
will be on display throughout "Meet the Dutch" week April 25 -29.

Hofstede's creations will be at the focal point of the embassy's activities.
René Hofstede is a private designer with an extensive list of celebrity and
corporate clients from the fashion, media and entertainment fields including
ABC Network, Saturday Night Live, and Oprah Winfrey.

Modern silver pieces by Dutch designer Wouter van Baalen will also be
featured at the Residence as a parallel to the Dutch Royal Silver:
Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix exhibition at
the Corcoran Gallery of Art, opening April 30, (Queen's Day) through July 4,
2005. Several Van Baalen pieces including "Sinus II" candleholders presented
to His Royal Highness Willem-Alexander Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima Zorreguieta on their engagement will be on view at the Residence.

Ambassador van Eenennaam and Mr. Hofstede will be available for interviews
during the media open house.

"Meet the Dutch" is a series of seminars and receptions designed to
highlight the Dutch contributions in politics, business and culture. The
activities precede the Dutch national holiday of Queen's Day.

"Meet the Dutch 2005" is made possible through the generous support by
AEGON, Corus, Heineken, ING, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philips, Rabobank,
Shell Oil Company and Unilever.

Dutch Royal Silver: Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and made possible by the
Royal Netherlands Embassy with generous funding from AEGON, PHILIPS, and Shell Oil Company. Additional support has been provided by Sotheby's
Institute of Art-London, a division of Cambridge Information Group, and Jo
Ann and John Mason.

Press reviews:
- Washington Post:
"A Dutch Touch, Minus the Tulips"

- Washington Times:
"Dutch blossom for gala"

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