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28 August: Queen Máxima visited the Talent Coach Foundation in The Hague. The foundation combines highly skilled professionals from the business community to vulnerable fellow citizens to help them develop their talents. Participants attend workshops in communication and social skills. The aim is to help them build confidence and ensure progress in society. During her visit, the Queen spoke with coaches and participants about the significance of the project in their lives.

Pro-Lifers in England, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands and Slovakia Protest Planned Parenthood

New York, NY (CFAM/LIFENEWS) — Secretly filmed videos of Planned Parenthood staff in the U.S. harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies ignited protests in seven countries last weekend – and triggered questions of how widespread the practices may be.

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Tiara #2: Tiara of the Aquamarine Parure
When: State Visit of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, October 23rd 2001.

The second tiara Máxima wore before marrying the prince of Orange was the small tiara of the Aquamarine Parure, during the State Visit of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in 2001. Strictly speaking, the Aquamarine Parure isn’t a parure, but a set of aquamarine jewelry that was given to Queen Juliana by her grandmother and parents. The former Queen received the tiara as a 21st birthday present from Queen Wilhelmina and prince Henrik. 

Máxima chose to wear the tiara with matching aquamarine earrings and a beautiful aquamarine brooch. The tiara itself is a Art Deco design with a diamond base and 7 upright aquamarines. It was originally designed to wear on the forehead, like princess Laurentien did on April 29th 2013. Just like the base of the Antique Pearl Tiara, this is a nice starter tiara for a young princess.

(This post is one of a HUGE series I’m planning to do: The Maxima Tiara Archive. You can find a page with an overview here.)

The future of Pokémon may involve “flowers,” as we learned in an interview with The Pokémon Company International’s Director of Consumer Marketing J.C. Smith, at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts this past weekend.

While discussing the future of the Pokémon, we asked Smith to offer us a cryptic tease of that future.

“And last but not least, can you just throw a cryptic word out there? Just anything. Something will get me to scratch my head. That, like, in eight months I’ll go, ‘That’s what he was talking about!’”

After a pause, Smith’s response was “Flowers.”

In Pokémon X and Y, Floette is a flower-centric Pokémon with a currently unobtainable form integral to the main plot of the games. Additionally, while its special form, Eternal Flower Floette, has not yet been released officially, it can be obtained via cheat device. It could also refer to something from a currently unannounced game, as Pokémon in 2016 was a major part of the interview.

Source: nintendoworldreport.com
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Tiara #1: The base of the Antique Pearl Tiara
When: Wedding of Crown prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, august 25th 2001.

Even before she became a princess, Máxima Zorreguieta was allowed to dive into the jewelry vaults of the House of Orange Nassau. The first time she was spotted wearing a tiara was 5 months after her engagement to the Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander. The two of them attended the wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.

The Antique Pearl Tiara is one of the eldest tiara’s in the Dutch collection and Máxima showed us that she was planning to experiment with the Dutch jewels in the future: she only wore the diamond base of the tiara. This way she created a really nice starter tiara for herself! Hopefully we’ll see this version of the tiara on one of her daughters in a couple of years.

(This post is one of a HUGE series I’m planning to do: The Maxima Tiara Archive. You can find a page with an overview here.)