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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima send their condolences

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King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands have sent their condolences upon the death of Prince Philip.

Their message reads, “It is with great respect that we remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Throughout his long life, he committed himself with dedication to the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities. His lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression. Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the members of the Royal Family.”

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The Dutch King and Queen made a State Visit to the United Kingdom in October 2018, where they met The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as by then The Duke of Edinburgh had retired from public life. Prince Philip did meet King Willem-Alexander during the 2015 Remembrance Sunday when the Dutch King was present to thank the British people for their part in the liberation of the Netherlands, which was then 70 years ago.

Princess Beatrix will know only too well what The Queen is going through right now. Her husband, Prince Claus, died in 2002 after a long illness during her reign. She abdicated in favour of her eldest son in 2013.