Curriculum vitae

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.


I have been writing the texts for:

  • Rübsamen, Bernard, 5 Jaar Koningshuis, Soesterberg, 2018.
  • 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:

  • Beéche, Arturo E., The Coburgs of Europe. The Rise and Fall of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's European Family, East Richmond Heights, 2013.
  • Dotson, Samuel C., Genealogie des Fürstlichen Hauses Liechtenstein seit Hartmann II. (1544-1585), Falköping 2003.
  • Eilers, Marlene A., Queen Victoria's Descendants. Companion Volume, Falköping, 2004.
  • Goddyn, Reinout, De kinderen van de koning. Alle erfgenamen van Leopold I, Antwerpen/Vianen, 2002.
  • Hall, Coryne, Princesses on the Wards: Royal Women in Nursing through Wars and Revolutions, Stroud, 2014.
  • Pollock, Kassandra and Sabrina, and Arturo E. Béeche, The Nassaus of Luxembourg, East Richmond Heights, 2014.
  • Ragas, Sophie, Ontdek snel: Het nieuwe koningshuis. Alles over de troonswisseling, Culemborg, 2013 (E-book).
  • Rosvall, Ted, Bernadotte-ättlingar, Falköping, 2010.
  • Tom, Emma, Something about Mary. From girl about town to Crown Princess, Melbourne, 2005.
  • I have also contributed to Sveriges Adelskalender and the Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels.


    My photos have been published in several magazines:

  • Belgium: Royals.
  • Germany: Adel Aktuell, Bunte, Das Goldene Blatt, Die Aktuelle, Frau im Spiegel, Frau mit Herz, Heim und Welt, Neue Post, Neue Woche and 7 Tage.
  • Great Britain: Majesty.
  • Spain: Hola.
  • Sweden: Royalty Digest Quarterly.
  • The Netherlands: Koninklijke Hoogheid, Weekend.
  • USA: European Royal History Journal.
  • Television and Radio

    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.

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