Memoclip: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the European Institutions
End production: 29/04/2013 First transmission: 29/04/2013
Memoclip on the occasion of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the hand the crown to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, on 30 April.
By her frequent visits to European institutions, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was able to show her commitment to the European Construction. On two occasions, she has had the opportunity to take the floor in front of the European Parliament during formal sittings. In 1984, she was the first crowned Head of a Member State of the European Community to adress to the European Assembly. Each time, her statements were the opportunity to express her commitment for the European integration as representative of a founding member.
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||Visit of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to the ECC with Prince Claus - Meeting with François-Xavier ORTOLI, ECC President (European Commission - Brussel - 05/12/1974)
||Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in the Chamber (European Parliament - Strasourg - 15/02/1984)
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Pieter DANKERT, EP President: "(...)You are the first crowned Head of a Member State of the European Community to be received in this way.(Applause). Moreover, you are the first Head of State of a Community country to address the House at a time when the Presidency of the Community is not held by his or her country. Two precedents are thus being set."
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "Mr President, Members of the European Parliament, here in the midst of your Assembly I find myself at the heart of Europe's strongest tradition, the tradition of free citizens who feel a shared responsibility for their society. This tradition evolved in the form of a parliamentary democracy."
||Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visits the ECC on the occasion of the Dutch Presidency. Meeting with Jacques DELORS, ECC President and the College of the European Commissioners (European Commission - Brussel - 26/02/1986)
||Exterior views of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
||Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix- Welcomed by Josep BORRELL, EP President (European Parliament - Strasbourg - 26/10/2004)
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "Our European institutions, including your Parliament, are the pillars of that civilisation. As you acquit yourselves of the challenging task to represent 450 million Europeans, I warmly wish you the inspiration that Europe requires of all of us today." (Standing ovation)
||Visit of Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, to Jose Manuel BARROSO, EC President (European Commission - Brussel - 26/10/2010)
||Exterior viewsof The Hague and the House of Europe (Huis van Europa - The Hague - 16/05/2011)
||Arrival of Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands. Welcoming by Jozias van AARTSEN, Jan FRANSSEN, Mark RUTTE, Dutch Prime Minister, Jose Manuel BARROSO, EC President and Stavros LAMBRINIDIS, EP Vice-President
||Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands and Jose Manuel BARROSO, EC President, posing for the picture before signing the Guestbook of the House of Europe.