I'm not a protocol fetishist, says Dutch Crown Prince

Dutch Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander (both on the right) during the interview with the television hosts. Photo: EPA

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander has vowed to be an approachable, 21st century monarch, insisting less than two weeks before becoming king that he is not a "protocol fetishist". Currently known as the Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, 45, will be enthroned on April 30 as the first Dutch king in more than a century. He succeeds his mother, Queen Beatrix, 75.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 4:10am

Turkish, Dutch PMs clash over lesbians' adoption of Turkish boy

Turkish people demonstrators against the Dutch youth care policy in Lelystad. Photo: AFP

A diplomatic row over a Turkish boy adopted by a Dutch lesbian couple clouded a visit to the Netherlands by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at strengthening ties.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

Rutte wins Dutch election

Dutch Prime Minister and Liberal party VVD-leader Mark Rutte. Photo: EPA

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won a closely contested election as voters handed pro-European parties a sweeping victory, shunning the radical fringes and dispelling concerns that eurosceptics could gain sway in a core euro zone country.

13 Sep 2012 - 10:24am

In Darkness

Starring: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fuermann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader Director: Agnieszka Holland Category: III (Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian)

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

UK shirt-slogan king Henry Holland rallies the crowd at distributor's Christmas bash

British fashion's golden boy, Henry Holland, has visited Hong Kong to meet the press and have a tete-a-tete with potential business partners.

The designer is famed for his smart T-shirts and sometimes provocative slogans, and for his friendships with top British fashion insiders, stars and models such as Alexa Chung and Agyness Deyn.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

Shanghai-born Shi Wenchian is helping to mould the face of modern China.

21 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Clogs, cheese and a charity gala to mark 150-year Dutch diplomatic link to city

If your significant other says, 'Let's go Dutch this weekend', it doesn't necessarily mean they're going to pay half the dinner bill. They could be referring to the Dutch Village at Chater Garden this weekend to celebrate the culture of the Netherlands. The event marks the county's 150-year diplomatic presence in Hong Kong.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Kelleway lures Holland away from territory

Darryll Holland, once one of Hong Kong's star jockeys, is set to turn his back on the territory and ride in Britain as stable number one for trainer Gay Kelleway.

Kelleway, daughter of former top jump jockey Paul, has tempted Holland, 24, with an attractive retainer to ride the pick of her 80-strong string based at Whitcombe in Dorset.

6 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Holland enjoys life in the fast Lane

AUSTRALIAN trainer Geoff Lane has had a great start to the new season and his link-up with talented English rider Darryll Holland looks like being one of the success stories of the campaign.

14 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Holland books early passage to join Lane

ENGLISH riding star Darryll Holland will be back in the territory for the night meeting at Sha Tin on October 4.

Retaining trainer Geoff Lane intimated last week that Holland could be arriving ahead of his original November schedule due to the breakdown of his arrangements with Mark Johnston in England.

5 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Holland shows he's all class

DASHING Darryll Holland bounced back from the disappointment of losing his Derby mount Polar Star through injury with a double which simply oozed class at yesterday's traditional Lunar New Year fixture at Sha Tin.

3 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Holland on track for parting success

ENGLISH visitor Darryll Holland could have a winning farewell before his three-meeting holiday by taking the final event at Happy Valley tonight with last-start winner, Best One. Holland has hit the headlines during his brief stint to date and goes into the midweek meeting heading the jockeys' championship with popular French rider, Eric Legrix.

5 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Holland chalks up win - and a ban

ENGLISH visitor Darryll Holland had a topsy-turvy Arc night at Sha Tin where he landed his sixth winner and then picked up a three-day suspension.

Holland, who went into the meeting leading the early championship, was joined at the top by French ace Eric Legrix but he was understandably downcast about his unwanted holiday.

3 Oct 1994 - 12:00am