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The Netherlands

Dutch Royal Family poses for summer photos

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane posed for the press today. In agreement with the media, the family poses twice a year for photos, and in return, they are left alone in private for the rest of the year.

This year’s summer shoot took place in Warmond today. The royal family arrived by a boat called the “Groote Vloot” or “Great Fleet”, which King Willem-Alexander was steering himself. The family then came ashore as cameras clicked away.

copyright: RVD, photographer: ANP.

The family arriving for the photo shoot. copyright: RVD, photographer: ANP.

copyright: RVD, photographer: ANP.

Alexia, Amalia and Ariane. copyright: RVD, photographer: ANP

King Willem-Alexander was asked about the death of a young boy named Tijn, who became quite a sensation last year during Serious Request, which is a fundraising event typically hosted the week before Christmas. Tijn suffered from a rare form of cancer of the brain stem, and he volunteered to raise money by varnishing people’s nails for Serious Request. The money went to families who were affected by disasters and conflicts, but many were so inspired by Tijn that a new fundraising campaign was started to raise awareness for his own illness. A nail polish line was started, and it has raised more than €1 million. Tijn even received a blessing from the Pope. The boy died in the early hours of Friday.

King Willem-Alexander wished the parents, family and friends of the six-year-old boy much strength and called him a “fine example.” He added that it was wonderful to see how Tijn used positive energy to deal with his illness and to see him help others. Queen Máxima added that the boy had done “something amazing.”