My name is Netty Leistra. I was born in 1973 in Sneek, The Netherlands, where I and my younger sister were raised by my parents. Since 1996 I have been living in Groningen, a city in the northeast of The Netherlands.
I attended kindergarten, primary and secondary school in Sneek. Afterwards I studied history and social work in Groningen. I was then educated as a book-keeper in Groningen. In more recent years I have followed a few short courses in German grammar and Danish.
After finishing my studies I have been working for years as an administrative worker. Along with other positions, I have worked for a few governmental organisations. I also did some archival work and data entry. I have learnt to work with various computer systems. Above all I am very accurate and a fairly quick typist.
I have always enjoyed writing. Already at secondary school I worked for the school newspaper. Since 2000 I have regularly been working as a freelance royalty journalist. I wrote a monthly column, as well as a few articles, for the Dutch royal magazine "Vorsten Royale" in 2000/2001. Over the years I have also written articles for the "European Royal History Journal" and "Royalty Digest Quarterly". Since April 2004 I have been working as a freelancer for the Danish photo agency "dana press photo a/s" in Kolding, Denmark.
Over the years I have been in touch with many royalty authors and journalists. I was quite proud to be mentioned in the following publications:
I have also contributed to Sveriges Adelskalender and the Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels.
My photos have been published in several magazines:
I was a guest discussing Dutch royalty on a program at the regional TV-channel "Omrop Fryslân" on Dutch royalty several years ago. In January 2009 I was a guest on a program at the regional television- and radiochannel "RTV Drenthe" to talk about my royal hobby. I also gave a short interview to "RTV Drenthe" by phone on Queen's Day, 30 April 2009. They called me quite soon after the attack on the royal family, while I was still standing very close to the site of the incident. I am still surprised how calm I sounded when reporting about what I saw around me.