Text of the speech of His Majesty Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau:
Many thanks to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the initiative to open this online day with the Wilhelmus. How special is it that we managed to form a unit at a distance from each other and thus lay the foundation for many, to be able to sing along throughout the country. King’s Day at home promises to be a unique King’s Day. And especially unique, because I hope it will be the very, very last King’s Day home of history. So try to make the best of it. So that you will always remember later how you experienced this day at home and yet together. You can do this, for example, by uploading and displaying your activities via Koningsdagthuis.nl. I would like to thank all those who put up the website in a short time. Without your work this King’s Day at home would have had much less the “we” feeling.
Of course we would much rather have been in Maastricht with the family. There, many enthusiasts worked hard for months on a very special program and I would also like to thank them for the great effort that had already been made before the sad but inevitable message that this year would not go ahead. But what is in the barrel does not sour and ‘live Maastricht’ is already in our hearts. As every year, I intensely looked forward to images of canals, squares, streets and fairgrounds, large crowds of people on their feet in villages, cities and the snow-white beaches of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Dutch are completely out of their minds. Exuberantly partying. One of those days that, “just do it, then you act crazy enough”, does not apply to otherwise sober Dutch people. However, it should not have been so. I can well imagine that many of you had hoped for more freedom of movement after tomorrow. Here too, the teleletting was palpable. But the coronavirus cannot be lectured. So hold on, even after this King’s Day.
We do it for ourselves, but also to protect the weak in society. And to give the healthcare professionals some rest after many weeks of extreme effort. Rest they deserve to recover, and to get ready for the upcoming top achievements to catch up with the delayed medical care and unexpectedly before the virus resurfaces and hospitals fill up again with COVID-19 patients. Today our thoughts are also with all those professionals who are committed to corona and do not have time for King’s Day. Thank you for your tremendous dedication and perseverance. In March, we showed our respect for the healthcare professionals by clapping on the balcony or on the street. Now we can show our respect by persevering. Do it for yourself and do it for them.
And now it’s time for a party. King’s Day at home. Hopefully an unforgettable day. Enjoy it. Remote, but together. And, stay healthy.
Queen speaks publicly on Brexit for first time during Dutch royal visit
The Queen has spoken publicly about Brexit for the first time, telling the King of the Netherlands that “as we look toward a new partnership with Europe” the values shared by the UK and Holland “are our greatest assets”. Speaking at a state banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima, the Queen added that as “innovators, traders and internationalists we look with confidence to the future”. The Queen, who remains impartial in political matters, chose to emphasise the qualities needed by the UK and one of its closet European neighbours going forward. The women of the two Royal Families, including Queen Maxima, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, put on a dazzling display of royal tiaras during the white-tie dinner. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Royal Family Order, awarded to her by the Queen last year. It is understood to be made from glass rather than the traditional ivory, after the younger members of the Royal Family campaigned against the illegal wildlife trade.
King Willem-Alexander reiterated comments made before about regretting the UK’s decision to leave the EU, but he respected the decision of the British people. He went on to personally praise the Queen, highlighting her now famous appearance in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, describing her as the “most fearless Bond Girl ever” for her role alongside 007 played by Daniel Craig.
Queen Maxima brings regal glamour to the state banquet dinner at Buckingham Palace
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands have wrapped up their UK state visit with a meeting in Downing Street hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May and a formal farewell with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. It was the first UK state visit by the Dutch monarchy in 36 years. The last state visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in November 1982, while Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip paid a state visit to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in March 1958.
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima, at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, make a state visit to the United Kingdom. The visit will take place on 23 and 24 October 2018. The King and Queen are accompanied on their visit by Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs. The state visit reconfirms the excellent ties between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as ‘North Sea Neighbors’, based on shared values in the past, present and future.
State Visit by The King and Queen of The Netherlands
Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Netherlands have accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 23rd to 24th October 2018.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands will stay at Buckingham Palace.
Background The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in March 1958. The Queen has hosted two previous State Visits from the Netherlands during her reign: in April 1972, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom; the last State Visit from the Netherlands was by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands in November 1982.
HM Queen Máxima sings farewell song for deceased sister Inés
A nicer and more fitting farewell could not have given the surviving relatives Inés Zorreguieta (33). They sang yesterday at the funeral songs of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley for the singer and guitarist, Argentine media reports. The sister and protégé of Queen Máxima died last Thursday in her apartment in Buenos Aires. Queen Máxima raised the song ‘Is this Love’ by Bob Marley for her younger sister, with whom she had an intimate relationship despite the age difference of 14 years. Then she sang along with her family ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s’ by Bob Dylan, fashion designer Benito Fernández told La Nacion. According to Fernandez – Máxima regularly wears creations – not the first time the Queen and her family sang the song of the American singer-songwriter. They did that in August last year at the funeral of Máxima’s father Jorge Zorreguieta. He died at the age of 89 from the consequences of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, and is buried in the same cemetery as his daughter Inés.
Prior to the musical tribute to Inés, during which all invitees were present for the funeral, the Queen and her brother Martin gave a short speech to the most intimate guests. The rest of the guests waited respectfully outside, according to the newspaper. HM Queen Máxima, HM King Willem-Alexander and their daughters HRH Amalia (14), HRH Alexia (12) and HRHAriane (11) laid a bouquet of white flowers on her dark colored wooden box at the burial of Inés Zorreguieta. Images of the ceremony in Argentinean media show a lot of white flowers next to the final resting place covered with a stylish green party tent. Among the invited guests were, according to La Nacion, alongside the fashion designer, a range of well-known Argentinian personalities including first lady Julia Awada, director Emilio Basavilbaso of the Argentine Social Security Administration Anses where Inés Zorreguieta worked and art director and fashion consultant Sofía Sanchez de Betak. Present was also Máxima’s childhood friend Valeria Delger, who she has known since her school days at the international Northlands Colegio (bilingual primary and secondary education) in Buenos Aires.
The presence of the Dutch royal couple with the princesses and the Argentinian first lady on the farewell ceremony was accompanied by a major security operation. The king, queen and their three children flew with the KLM to Buenos Aires, according to the Argentine newspaper, where they arrived yesterday morning at 06:30am.
Inés Zorreguieta (33), the youngest sister of HM Queen Máxima, was found in the bedroom of her apartment by a friend who, together with Inés’ mother Maria del Carmen Cerruti, went to take a look when the telephone calls were not answered all day long.
Then the emergency services were immediately called in and the body was transferred to a forensic research institute. The researchers also stated that the death of HM Queen Máxima’s youngest sister was not a crime. The mortal remains have been taken for autopsy, as is customary for the presumption of suicide.
Inés was one of the seven children of Jorge Zorreguieta. He begot three daughters (Maria, Angeles and Dolores) with his first wife and two daughters and two sons (Máxima, Inés, Martin and Juan) with his second wife.
‘Inesita’ as the youngest sister of Máxima was called by intimates, suffered from depression.The youngest sister of HM Queen Máxima studied psychology at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires. At that time she wrote a thesis on suicide and what led women to take that step, such as relationship crises. The title of the piece: ‘Gender differences in suicide and related behavior’. Inés described, among other things, that more men than women commit suicide and how their attempts also succeed more often than women’s. She graduated with 9.5 out of 10 points, worked at the UN in Panama (Human Resources and Communication) between 2009 and 2011, but returned to Argentina in 2012 due to a divorce from her then partner.
At that time her name first appeared in the Argentine media. They reported that they were being treated for eating disorders and depression. President Mauricio Macri of Argentina has expressed his condolences to Máxima. He placed a funeral ad in which he says “accompany Máxima and the whole family at this sad moment”. Inés Zorreguieta had a job through Macri.
Tomorrow the Dutch royal family is expected to arrive in Buenos Aires around 11:00 am Dutch time. HM Queen Máxima cancelled all her obligations untill further notice after hearing the sad news. The state visit of the Dutch royal couple to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which was to start next Monday, is now only carried out by HM King Willem Alexander.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were Friday night one of the many who watched the traditional 5th May concert at Amsterdam river Amstel.More than 1.6 million people watched at home with the royal couple.This is evidenced by data from Society of TV-attendance Screening. The concert was the official closing of the National Celebration Liberation.Every year, another orchestra takes action.This year it was the turn of the Metropole Orchestra under the leadership of chief executive Jules Buckley. After the concert, the royal couple left and took the time to wake off the audience.They did this without Princess Beatrix. Last year was Beatrix’s first year to oversee the concert. As queen was Beatrix every year of the party and also the first years after her abdication in 2013, the princess celebrated freedom on and around the Amstel.
Throughout the country we are for 2 minutes quiet at 20:00 to commemorate the victims of World War II. In addition, there are many more meetings on May 4th. What are the most important anniversaries today?
In Amsterdam, the country’s biggest death memorial is located on the Dam. There will also be Prime Minister Rutte, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. They put a wreath on the National Monument. Writing author Annejet van der Zijl arranges a lecture. This memorial will be live from 18.45 live on NPO 1. In addition to the National Death Reconnaissance on the Dam, there are 47 memorials throughout Amsterdam. Witnesses, descendants, former and present residents also tell their personal stories about the war in 37 locations spread throughout the city.
At the Waasdorp area in The Hague a large quiet ride takes place. At that place in the dunes, the Germans killed hundreds of resistance fighters. In front of the parade the survivors and relatives of deceased resistance fighters run. On the plain, a big clock sounds before the two-minute silence. RTL does live report of this memorial. Also in Madurodam, the National Children’s Memorial is held for the second time.
From 19:30 there is a commemorative ceremony at the Domplein. After the two-minute silence there is a short speech by Mayor Jan van Zanen and a defilement along the resistance monument under the guidance of the Domcarrillon. In addition to the memorial ceremonies in the evening, church services, concerts, prayer services and quiet tours are held throughout the day.
In Rotterdam, Mayor Aboutaleb will put a wreath at the various commemorative ceremonies. From 18.30 there is a central memorial meeting in Sint-Laurenskerk. The following quiet tour takes place at 19.30, which goes from Grote Kerkplein to Stadhuisplein.
In the former camp Westerbork in Drenthe all day commemorations take place. In the museum, eyewitnesses tell about their experiences in the camp. At 13.00 in the forest near the campsite the theater performance We are played outside by young people who grew up near Kamp Westerbork. In the evening there is a Quiet Tour and a commemorative program, including Douwe Bob.