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Foto: Koning Willem-Alexander tijdens zijn toespraak over het coronavirus

“Within a few weeks our life has changed drastically. The coronavirus affects us all. In the Netherlands in the Caribbean parts of the kingdom and around the world. The people most affected are the seriously ill and their families. We sympathize intensively with the relatives of the people who have died and with all corona patients at home or in a hospital. We are thinking of you in this difficult time.
The measures to slow down the spread of the virus are necessary and drastic. I understand your grief when you cannot visit your loved one your mother / father / grandfather or grandmother in a nursing home. Right now you only want to hold one hand, give comfort. People deliver exceptional performance, doctors and nurses. You will receive a lot of appreciation from society. We are proud of our healthcare professionals and the entire medical sector.
Thousands of former caregivers and volunteers enroll en masse to assist. That’s fantastic. We can also be proud of the experts from RIVM, GGDs and all other institutions and experts who show us the way on the basis of scientific research and experience. They are under high pressure. It is important that we continue to trust them and follow all directions. They have only one goal in mind, which is that we get through this crisis as best we can and that the risks for vulnerable people remain as small as possible.
We also realize only too well how indispensable people are who prevent our society from coming to a halt. People in logistics, supermarkets, cleaning, IT, education, childcare, public transport, the police and all those other places. You carry us through this difficult time. It simply cannot work without you. Thank you very much.
Our heart also goes out to everyone who is concerned about the continuity of his company. Whether you are an exporter or self-employed. This situation comes pruning heart. It is terrible to see your own company, which you have invested so much time and love in, for years. This also applies to people in the culture sector who cannot realize their beautiful projects now.
I also think of all children in the Netherlands. I really understand how you feel. It may be exciting to be free at first, but that will pass quickly. Not going to school, not going to football or ballet lessons, birthday parties that are canceled. That is quite difficult. Also for parents, suddenly you are at home with your whole family. Forced to work from home, hardly any possibilities to go out, because almost everything you looked forward to has been canceled. That demands a lot from all of us.
If you are unsure or afraid, the need for contact with other people is great. You want to tell your story, you prefer familiar faces around you. If possible, forget the worries together. This has become much more difficult in the current circumstances. We miss our regular patterns and especially the people who belong to them. Your working environment, the sports club, the coffee morning, the music association, the family weekend, the church service. The lack of this makes this situation extra difficult for everyone, but especially for elderly people who are vulnerable.
Fortunately, there is a lot we can do. After all, we all know who needs attention in our immediate environment. This is something we have to go through together. A lot of people realize that. They keep a watchful eye on others and help each other where possible. We cannot stop the corona virus, but the loneliness virus can. Let’s work together to make sure no one feels abandoned. Fortunately, if a visit is not possible, there are the online means of communication. The phone or the mail.
The Netherlands would not be the Netherlands if people were to act everywhere. Neighbors who are ready for the residential and care center in the district. People volunteer to join a helpline. Students who offer childcare to parents with vital professions. Corona unleashes an incredible amount of decisiveness, creativity and humanity. It is those qualities that we really need. Not only now, but certainly later when circumstances may become even more challenging.
All of you ensure that, despite the paralysis of public life, the heart of our society continues to beat. Alertness, solidarity and warmth. As long as we keep those three, we can handle this crisis together. Even if it takes a little longer. 2020 will be a year that each of us will remember for a lifetime. Everyone has their own experiences and experience it in a different way. But I hope and expect that a sense of togetherness and pride will continue to connect us right through this difficult time.”

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HM Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands

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Queen speaks publicly on Brexit for first time during Dutch royal visit

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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

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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.

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State Visit

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.

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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

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Wonderful Dutch Royal Family attended winter photo session, 2018 Skiing Holiday in Lech. King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima with Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane.

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 2017/05/05 – Concert on river Amstel

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.

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2017/05/04 – REMEMBRANCE DAY WW II

Koning Willem-Alexander en koningin Maxima leggen een krans bij het Nationaal Monument op de Dam tijdens de dodenherdenking vorig jaar.

How are the dead commemorated this year?

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?

Amsterdam
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.

Overzicht tijdens de Nationale Dodenherdenking bij het Monument op de Dam.

The Hague
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.

Utrecht
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.

Rotterdam
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.

Westerbork
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.

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LGBT visit King Willem-Alexander followed ‘from Uganda to Appingedam’.

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King Willem-Alexander visited on Tuesday in Amsterdam the Dutch headoffice of LGBT, founded 70 yearsago. “That’s really very special,” said President Tanja Ineke, “because it is the first time in the world that a crowned head of state visits the LGBT community.” His visit is also followed “from Uganda to Appingedam” according to Ineke. She sees it as an honor and recognition for all that the the Dutch LGBT has achieved over the past 70 years. “It’s a huge boost for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Netherlands and around the world.” In those 70 years, much has been achieved, but it can always be better, she thinks. As is ‘gay’ is still a widely used term of abuse in schools and discrimination against lhbt’ers not explicitly prohibited in the Constitution. And is the world still banned in 72 countries homosexuality.

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The king allowed himself to catch a group of young people on projects they are developing in their schools. One of them was Nick Vijn. He thinks that schools increased visibility and attention should be paid LGBT’ers. “In the Netherlands we think too much in booths and if you are just outside, you’ll be pushed.” More visibility would prevent, according to him.
Because homosexuality is not accepted in many countries, he finds it “very cool from the king that he is coming to LGBT.” “The king is still a preview, so if you see that the king is going to this organization, this is really a helping hand.”

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Souad Boumedien, one of the initiators of the Moroccan boat at the Gay Pride, was also at the meeting. She hopes that the visit of King Willem-Alexander has also affected countries outside the Netherlands. Such as Morocco, where homosexuality is still punishable. “The COC has existed for 70 years. That’s a very nice number, but they are still there because it is not finished. 70 years ago we could not openly be who we wanted to be. So there is already much changed and is beautiful . But it can always be better, and that’s our goal. “

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During the conversation it turned out that the king’s daughters too are well aware of initiatives such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, Purple Friday and anti-bullying program in schools. The purple bracelets he was offered as a gift for his three daughters he seemed to know all of Amalia.

‘LGBT royal visit is important in times of increasing aggression’

a2Sixty years ago, when I was young, homosexuality was completely taboo. The word did not exist,. There were only some weird gestures that you could specify that you suspected that someone was gay,” says the 84-year-old Gerda Tok. It is this afternoon at the visit of King Willem-Alexander of LGBT Netherlands, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the gay liberation movement. “I’m excited, but it’s a bit exciting,” she says in the NOS Radio 1 News. She wants to tell the king especially about what she does for the gay movement. “I give information to schools in Friesland, where youths are trained to care. We tell it how it used to be gay. There the young people have no idea.” Just people who work in health care can play an important role, says Tok. “Elderly gays are still bullied into nursing homes. Not by the staff but by the elderly themselves. They have nothing to do. Is there someone inside that says little about his or her life, then they begin to guess.” The visit of King Willem-Alexander is a festive recognition.

Historian and former politician Coos Huijssen:
a1It is the first time that the LGTB receives a visit from a head of state. It is an important gesture, says historian and former politician Coos Huijsen. “Both from the standpoint of the king and that of gay themselves. The king wants the heart of the nation’s sympathy with everyone. And for the gay, a discriminated group, it feels like recognition. A little solidarity of the head of state.” Huijsen also notes that there are now very different attitudes towards homosexuality. “About forty years ago I came it was completely taboo. Gradually it has become acceptable first parliamentarian in the world out of the closet.. The COC was founded in 1946, but only the organization was recognized in the 70s. And with the visit of the king, we are one step further. This is a festive recognition “. Before let Huijsen noticed that he believes that the LGBT the predicate should get royal. “That was mainly meant to titillate. I understand that this can happen only if an organization has at least a hundred years.”

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a3Real examples of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) are still been very little in the royal families in the world. “In the UK, has recently become a cousin of the queen out of the closet. That gave little surprised reactions and there was especially sympathetic. Britain’s Prince William has publicly supported the LGBT community and King Harald of Norway has in a speech full attention.” The visit of Willem-Alexander to the LGBT comes at an important time, says Huijsen. “We see the last ten or fifteen years, the aggression on the streets is increasing and increasingly made more jokes a decline in the public domain in the acceptance of gay people.. That makes this royal gesture even more important.”