Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dutch Royals Attend Erasmus Prize 2014 Award

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation Erasmus Prize 2014 ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday, where Frie Leysen was awarded the prize for her contribution to arts and culture in Europe.

The Belgian theatre and festival director Frie Leysen was awarded the €150,000 prize for her tireless work promoting unknown artists, writers and new forms of performance arts in the sphere of European theatre, while also creating and managing theatre festivals where work could be showcased.

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation perfectly sums up its efforts with a quote by the theologian Erasmus, after whom it is named.

"Diverse are the gifts of men of genius and many are the different kinds of ages. Let each one reveal the scope of his competence and let no one be envious of another who in keeping with his own ability and style tries to make a useful contribution to the education of all."


  1. Maxima's smile is amazing. I really admire the Dutch royal family.

  2. So true royalty, she is such a lovely person, she radiates such joy. I'm also a fan of Princes Beatrix, she seems to be a great mother-in-law.


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