Statistically South Holland province, the final leg on the royal tour of the provinces, has the highest number of sunny days a year. Yesterday, alas, did not happen to be one of them. The sky was fifty shades of grey. And rain, turning at times into annoying drizzle, was incessant. But it had absolutely no effect on the enthusiasm of royal family fans who turned out in huge numbers to wave and cheer along the royal visit route.
The red ensemble assorted with a turban hat Queen Maxima chose to wear provided a boisterous injection of colour amid the sea of black of official suits, plastic rain overalls and orange paraphernalia.
At the Academy Awards ceremony last February Helen Hunt did not make the best dressed list of the Oscars fashion police. Instead she made fashion history. The actress eschewed an haute couture creation in favour of an H&M dress. The strapless navy blue gown with a train though perfectly on trend was not a ground breaking fashion statement. But its “fair” credentials were statement worthy.
The interminably long winter seems to be receding. The sun is out and the morale is on the rise. Oh so we hope. At least, there is no shortage of good news.
At the backdrop of the Dutch government’s announcementof postponement of austerity measures and the orange wave of enthusiasm washing over the country in the countdown to the investiture of the new King, the Rijksmuseum, the national pride of the Netherlands, opened to public after more than ten years of restoration works.
Befitting the grandeur of the occasion it is Queen Beatrix (her last official engagement before stepping down) that turned the golden key to symbolically re-open the museum to the sound of fanfare and explosion of orange fireworks.
The retail landscape in The Hague is a charming store richer. Sjaak Hullekes menswear is now officially open in Denneweg. What started as a temporary outlet for the Residence de la Modelast December is now a full-fledged boutique with a complete range including separates, suits, underwear and some accessories.
You bet! It is not just peace, justice, politics and diplomacy here. There are many other facets to The Hague.
The Hague international city. The Hague creative city. The Hague fashion city…
And now The Hague film city. City’s marketing department is simply spewing out ideas. All in an effort to change the perception that The Hague is a boring city of civil servants and bureaucrats where nothing happens.
Local authorities are rolling out red carpet to film directors and producers. Not only are they welcomed with open embrace, they benefit from fast and easy filming permits procedures and all logistical support. A special film commissioner appointed in 2010 makes sure that there no hiccups in the process.