Azalea Festival Queen From The Netherlands

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  1. ccheese

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    In the Azalea Festival's 55-year history, it's safe to say its queens have been looked at, pointed at and waved at. Maybe even, in a sophomoric moment, laughed at.

    Our best guess is that none has ever been shot at. Until this year, that is.
    Meet Capt. Mariola Kasemier, a Royal Netherlands army officer and the festival's first active-duty queen.

    For her reign, she will assume a crown that has historically adorned the heads of the daughters of politicians, military officers and diplomats.

    During her career, Kasemier has commanded a medical platoon that deployed to Bosnia and helped develop new procedures for her army's medical units.
    In 2007, she deployed to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, with a provisional reconstruction team, where she helped build police stations, provide water, build mosques and work with the local government to improve security.

    It was there that she came under fire. She goes into more detail about this during a sly little eight-minute film on the festival's Web site, which also plays up the unavoidable contrasts between Dutch windmills and combat helicopters, bicycle rides

    and amphibious assault landings, tulip fields and battlefields.
    Kasemier's brief deployment to Norfolk is expected to be much less harrowing. She'll represent The Netherlands, which holds most-favored-nation status this year, and walk the normal queenly gauntlet.

    There will be speeches, a flag raising, a symposium, school visits, receptions, a coronation, a parade and a ball. There will also be a tour of Norfolk Naval Station.

    Kasemier, 26, described her Afghanistan service as "an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life."

    Ditto for being the Azalea Queen, we hope.

    Long live the queen.

    (Just keep your head down, Your Highness.)

    This from the Norfolk Virginian Pilot

    Charles
     
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    Got any pics charles?:D
     
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    I'll have to scan the one that's in the paper. She's quite a looker !
    Mon Ami will be proud....

    Charles
     
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    Cool like to see her maybe breaking news material
     
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    Don't think so.... This gal is a Queen, which means evening gown, tiara,
    the whole bit....

    Charles
     
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    Never heard of an "Azalea Festival", I googled it and it says:
    Does this mean you'll eating cheese all day and walk on wooden shoes?
     
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    Not exactly, Mon Ami. The Azelia Festival is a Virginia Beach event that
    goes on for a few days. They pick a Queen, in this case, the young lady
    from your country. Past Queen's have been Senator Chuck Robb's daughter,
    one of Lyndon Johnson's daughters, and other "debs". They pick a King,
    who is usually a local big wheel in business. He must grow a beard and be
    crowned King Neptune. There are parades and tours and people having
    fun. I'll try to scan the pic of this years Queen and post it. She's quite
    attractive.

    Charles
     
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    Of course, she's dutch :lol: Saw the film, quite hilarious, those mills and her clothes.

    I read it's something to do with NATO, so if this means our boys and girls in Afghanistan get some credit, that wouyld be great.

    Are you going there Charles? Maybe I should teach you the dutch anthem then, the "Wilhelmus" :)

    The Dutch Marine Band is playing there as well. A friend of mine plays in that band, maybe he'll be there, too.
     
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    Don't know if I will get down there or not, Mon Ami. If I do I will grab the Nikon and get some pic's...... just for you !

    Charles
     
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    That'll be great, thanks!
     
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    Finally, a festival Queen who isn't going to go on and on about "World Peace" and all that happy crap.

    "World Peace? Ummmm, over rated. Yeah, definitely not very likely, at least from where I was stationed". Said Queen Azalea.
     
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    Crap. I read the thread title and thought this was about Comiso90's avatar queen Alizee'. How disappointing. :)
     
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    Not bad charles not bad at all!:D
     
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    Matt would kick her out of bed..... if there was more room on the floor !

    She is quite attractive....

    Charles
     
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    I must admit that I was impressed at the high proportion of attractive women in the Netherlands. I only spent 4 days there but it was enough to make an impression.

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    There's no comparison....

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