Royalty and statesmen

An enormous bunch of multicoloured balloons was waiting for Maxima when she arrived to declare a new Dutch community centre open
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The princess soon got down to business releasing the balloons into the cloudless skies above
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Fun-filled balloon assignment for Princess Maxima of Netherlands

12 SEPTEMBER 2008
Watching the helium-filled balloons float skywards, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander's wife kept a tight hold of a Netherlands flag which had been holding the balloons together.

Although she's married to the heir to the Dutch throne, the princess was born in Argentina - making her the ideal candidate to officially open the new community centre, which will organise a multitude of activites for foreign families setting up home in the country.

The assigment at the centre included another fun element for the princess, who was invited to test her pool skills on the new centre's facilities.


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