Queen begins jubilee tour in Groningen
12 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix arrived in Groningen by helicopter on Thursday at the start of a tour of all the provinces in her realm to mark her 25 years on the Dutch throne.
12 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix arrived in Groningen by helicopter on Thursday at the start of a tour of all the provinces in her realm to mark her 25 years on the Dutch throne.
Her first stop was Winschoten in Groningen where she performed the official opening of a water inlet for a new lake.
The lake will cover a former agricultural area and will be the centrepiece of de Blauwe Stad, or the Blue City, a major landscape development in the east of Groningen. Under the scheme, a 350 hectare nature area and 1,200 new houses will border the lake.
Groningen's provincial administration claims de Blauwe Stad will be the most spectacular landscaping project since the land reclamation from the Ijsselmeer, a freshwater lake created by closing off the Zuider Zee from the ocean by two dams finished in 1932.
The theme of the Queen's provincial tour is tradition and renewal, hence the visit to de Blauwe Stad.
Queen Beatrix was also heard a description of the revitalisation of the Delfzijl region of the Groningen on Thursday and she took part in a boat trip along the harbours in Groningen city.
Her other engagements included a visit to sailing boats under construction and presiding over the start of a race for primary school children.
Her last engagement before leaving the province is a tour through Delfzijl in a horse-drawn carriage.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news