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Thousands In Netherlands Object To Official King Song

Tens of thousands of people in the Netherlands have objected to a new song which marks the accession of Prince Willem-Alexander at the end of the month.

Many Dutch people have objected to the ‘official’ song, which has since been unofficialised because of its lyrics and rap-style content.

With just 9 days to go until Prince Willem-Alexander accedes as Sovereign of the Netherlands, preparations are well underway for his investiture and new reign.

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, and his Argentine-born wife Princess Maxima will become king and queen when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates on 30 April aged 75.

In an interview broadcast on Thursday, he promised to be a “traditional king” but declared he would not be a “protocol fetishist”.

The five-minute song – Koningslied in Dutch – was due to be performed in the presence of the new king and queen on the day of Willem-Alexander’s swearing-in at 19:30 (17:30 GMT).

The performance, via video-link from the Ahoy sports arena in Rotterdam, was to feature some of the Netherlands’ best-known stars including Marco Borsato and Trijntje Oosterhuis.

Despite the outcry, the song has gone straight to the top of the Dutch iTunes chart, the BBC’s correspondent says

Information sourced from BBC News
photo credit: deVos via photopin cc

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