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The King and Queen of the Netherlands apologise for social distancing mistake

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
© RVD / Wesley de Wit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands have issued a personal apology on Twitter after breaching social distancing guidelines while on holiday.

In an image shared on social media, the royal couple were seen standing close to a member of staff at a restaurant they visited while spending time on the Greek island of Milos. It led to comment and debate as all three people in the photo are shoulder to shoulder rather than the recommended 1 metre plus apart to stop the spread of coronavirus.

On August 24th 2020, the Dutch King and Queen said, in a tweet, that ”a photo appeared in the media in which we didn’t keep enough social distance. In the spontaneity of the moment, we didn’t pay enough attention to that. Of course, we should have.”

The message continues ”Compliance with coronavirus rules is essential on holiday as well to get the virus under control.”

The tweet is signed ”WA & Maxima”, indicating it is a personal message from the King and Queen of the Netherlands.

The couple have been on holiday for the past weeks with their three daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.

At the weekend, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark apologised on the official royal Instagram after mistakenly shaking hands with someone on an engagement. She also urged everyone to wear face masks to stop the spread of the virus.

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