5 CONTACT appointments Polished and gleaming nincrpSè™ors,,»have SSSake,haUheyno or Dutch) to: Mr. J. van der Slik, Collector of beer mugs and willing to swapXorrespo (preferably in Enghsh Dutch In Amsterdam, close to the brewery, stand the Heineken stables. They normally house our big and powerful English Shire horses. These strong animals pull the Heineken dray and coach through Holland's towns and countryside. In May this year the Shires had to lodge elsewhere for a week to make room for their royal companions. Proud STATE VISIT In Holland it's a tradition for heads of state on official visits to be given a full-scale ceremonial reception in Amsterdam, with lots of pomp and circumstance. The Royal Stables in The Hague had sent seventeen horses and three carriages to Amsterdam to take part in the splendid ceremony laid on for the visit of West Germany's Federal President, Richard von Weizsacker. Twenty employees from the Queen's Stables also came along to groom the horses and act as escorts. For a horse- drawn carriage trip lasting only a short while, weeks of preparations were needed. In the final week before the visit these preparations took place in the Heineken stables. For over 30 years it's been an established tradition during state visits that the horses from the Royal Stables are given lodgings at Heineken. We went to take a look on the day of the procession. The stables were bustling with activity. At 6 o'clock in the morning the staff had already started feeding and grooming the horses. On the night before, the horses longer requtre^ple^^^ write (in English Beethovenlaan43, 2394 HA Hazerswoude, Holland. Heineken advertising materials sharing the German) should be addressed to: Mr. D.T.C. van Roosmalen, 5235CDL VHertogenbosch Holland. Equerry-Major Stern issues last-minute instructions. repair and restore the valuable possessions of the Royal Stables. All that work is done in The Hague. But we need to be in Amsterdam to make the final preparations for a state visit like this', explained Mr. Stern. 'So it's a great help that we're allowed to do this here at Heineken. We've been given a friendly welcome at these stables for dozens of years and it's an arrangement we hope can be continued for a long time yet', concluded Mr. Stern. At 10.15 a.m. on the dot the procession sets out for Amsterdam Central Station, where the Federal President will be arriving. It's a long journey of over an hour, as the horses and carriages have to take a round-about route to avoid the city centre as much as possible. At the head is the carriage in which Federal President Von Weizsacker will take his place alongside Queen Beatrix. The second carriage will shortly be carrying Mrs. Von Weizsacker and Prince Claus. Mounted police and soldiers escort the procession. It's an impressive and colourful pageantWeeks of work have been needed and, even though the official drive is only short, the men from the stables are proud of their efforts. The next day everything is tidied up and the entire company returns to The Hague. But they'll be back at Heineken in the autumn. For the next state visit. The royal adornments gleam like burnished gold. had been given a thorough scrub- down. Their coats had to be gleaming before harnessing could start. The antique harnesses and trappings with their brass coats of arms hung in readiness on the walls. Oiled, polished and rubbed until they shone like gold. For this special occasion what are known as the 'full-regalia trappings' were used. In such cases everything has to be spick and span. Even the horses' hooves were oiled to make them gleam nicely. Their manes were plaited around the small crown on the head trappings. Then it was the turn of the men themselves. They changed out of For this occasion a few beds are placed in the harnessing-room. The horses are cared for day and nightbut the attendants, too, need to rest at night. their working overalls and into their full-dress uniforms adorned with heaps of braid and gold embroidery. Cocked hats on their heads and gleaming boots on their feet completed the outfit. The spectacle became more impressive all the time. The harnessed and decorated horses were led to two antique carriages. These were red landaus, open carriages with a folding hood at both ends. These, too, carry the royal coat of arms. Proudly, Equerry-Major Mr. L. Stern told us that all these beautiful things were still cared for by skilled craftsmen. 'The coach painter, the carriage-maker and the saddler At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Heineken N.V., Mr. H.H.Thyssen Bornemisza announced his wish to retire as Chairman of the Supervisory Council. He has been succeeded in that post by Mr. S. Orlandini, president of KLM. Mr. Thyssen Bornemisza will remain a member of the Supervisory Council. At the same meeting Mr. J.D. Hooglandt. chairman of the Hoogovens Group, was appointed a Supervisory Director. Mr. J. Siertsema, Personnel Director at Heineken Nederlands Beheer, will be leaving on 1st October to take up a post at IBECOR S. A. in Brussels (Belgium). In due course he will succeed Mr. P. Bodard as chairman of that company. Mr. P.C. Schop will be Mr. Siertsema's successor as Dutch National Personnel Director. Mr. Schop's former post was that of Commercial Director of Heineken Nederland B. V. In Ireland Mr. R. Klerkx has been appointed master brewer at Murphy's Brewery in Cork. Mr. J.A. Ritman, previously with Heineken- Holland, has been appointed General Manager of Windward Leeward Brewery in St. Lucia. Mr. B.J. van den Berg has taken over the post of Technical Manager of P.T. Multi Bintang Indonesia. His successor as Production Manager is Mr. A.N. Ninck Blok, formerly Brewery Manager at Port of Spain, Trinidad. The procession lines up in front of the Heineken stables. Journey's end: the party arrives at the Palace on the Dam. Full regalia trappings wouldn't look right without shiny hooves.

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Heineken International Magazine | 1985 | | pagina 5