The Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander apologises for violence during the Indonesian struggle for independence

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has offered a historic apology for the violence shown by the Dutch during the Indonesian struggle for independence shortly after the Second World War. He said, “In line with earlier statements by my government, I would like to express my regret and apologise for excessive violence on the part of the Dutch in those years. I do so in the full…
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Dutch royals pose for photos in Lech

The Dutch Royal Family has posed for their annual winter photoshoot in Lech. They hold the photoshoot in exchange for being left alone during their holidays. The Dutch royals have been visiting Lech for many years. King Willem-Alexander’s brother, Prince Friso, was caught in an avalanche in Lech in 2012. He was in a coma until August 2013 when he died from complications. Nevertheless…
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Princess Laurentien in the fight against poverty: "I wish I had a magic wand"

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands has given an insightful interview on her work against child poverty. The sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander gave this interview in honour of a nationwide campaign against child poverty which kicks off on Monday. Princess Laurentien has only recently become involved in the growing issue of child poverty. In March of 2019, the Princess co-founded…
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Man sentenced to community service for offending Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

A 63-year old Dutchman has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for offending Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. The Dutch law criminalises insults directed at the King or Queen. In October 2019, a Dutchman was talking with some people on the street in Utrecht. After one of these people were fined by the police for committing a crime, the 63-year old man began to insult Her Majesty…
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