The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards took place yesterday, marking 20 years Protocolbureau

The Dutch Royal Family and the Four Freedoms Awards laureates 
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards Ceremony attended by the Dutch Royal Family and many European dignitaries took place at the abbey of the province of Zeeland in the city of Middelburg yesterday.
Dr. Angela Merkel received the Four Freedoms Awards medal this year. Other laureates were a Syrian human rights activist, three priests who are committed to peace in the Central African Republic, a human rights organisation and a Congolese gynecologist. The Four Freedoms Awards laureates are those who are committed to supporting others, often by risking their own lives.
The welcoming, registration and seating of the over 700 guests and dignitaries has been a responsibility of the ushers of the Protocolbureau since 1996. In that year the awards-ceremony was our first assignment, the Protocolbureau was founded 20 years ago on the occasion of the Four Freedoms Awards.
The ushers and the employees of the province of Zeeland
In 1996 H.M. the King of Spain was awarded the Four Freedoms Awards medal, which created the need for knowledge about protocol from our very beginning. We were lucky to find Gilbert Monod de Froideville, then Master of Ceremonies of H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, to give us an inspiring lecture about protocol shortly before the awards-ceremony.
The lecture by Gilbert resulted in a long time friendship; Gilbert is master teacher at the Protocolbureau and has inspired many generations of ushers ever since. Gilbert Monod recently published a book about his extensive knowledge about protocol, with former usher Mark Verheul.
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