Dutch royals lend helping hand

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Queen Beatrix, her sister, Princess Margriet, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Máxima, as well as other members of the Dutch royal family, weren't afraid to get their hands dirty on Friday - the royals were taking part in a national voluntary work campaign, NL DOET (‘Netherlands in Action’).

The Queen and princes and princesses from the House of Oranje-Nassau helped to clean out kennels and look after dogs and puppies at a foundation in the south of the country which trains assistance dogs for the disabled. The training organisation relies solely on volunteers to keep running.


NL DOET is holding two volunteer days on Friday and Saturday throughout the Netherlands and on the Caribbean municipalities of Saba and Bonaire. There are almost 7000 voluntary jobs to be done, says a spokesperson for the Oranje Fund, which organises the event. It’s the eighth time that the volunteer days – previously known as Make a Difference Day - are being held.

Last year, some 250,000 people participated. The Oranje Fund expects that figure will be even higher this year.


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