Carnival Princess Linda Custers and Prince Jerome Slakhorst
January 29, 2017. Jerome Slakhorst was elected as Carnival Prince Jerome the First of Maastricht 2017. This means that his wife, violinist Linda Custers will be the Carnival Princess of the year. On the picture (by Laurens Bouvrie): Jerome, Linda and the twins Nora and Cato.
February 2, 2017. From André’s website: The 'royal' Carnival couple Prince Jerome and Princess Linda visited the studio, where we were rehearsing for our performance in Dresden later this week (Semper Opera Ball). Prince Jerome had a big surprise for André: he awarded him with the Grand Officer Medal of the Carnival in Maastricht.
February 26, 2017. The mayor of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn-te Strake, on "official" duty. During the ceremony she transfers her powers by handing over the key to the city to Prince Jerome the 1st, for the remainder of the Carnival days and festivities. Part of the ceremony is her promoting the city of Maastricht. She performs a hilarious speech with a spoof of and addressed to Donald Trump, president of the USA. A few items should be explained: With “soft gay” she actually refers to the letter "G" which is pronounced softer in the south than it is in the northern parts of the Netherlands. Basically you all know why the former mayor had to resign and that is why she referred to the word "gay". And a “kletskous” is someone who is a “chatterbox”, in which she refers to herself, hence her personal picture. Have fun! We love this Limburg humor and self-mockery!
Photos below by Laurens Bouvrie and Han Scheuerman.
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