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News Regarding His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. (VIDEO)

dutchOn Monday, July 21, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands gave a televised statement to the Dutch people after meeting with the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) at the NBC Congress Center in Nieuwegein.

MH17 was shot down at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet by a BUK ground-to-air missile on July 17, 2014, by — what many believe to be — Pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine. Out of the 298 passengers and crew members on flight MH17 193 were Dutch citizens.

Here is what His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands had to say:

“Today a large gathering took place of families of the victims of the air disaster in eastern Ukraine. My wife and I were among those present. We were deeply touched by the moving, personal accounts of those who have lost loved ones. People whose lives are in ruins. Their sorrow, their feeling of powerlessness and their despair are heartrending. Many people said to us, ‘We at least want to take dignified leave of our loved ones’.

We understand their frustration and their pain. And we share their heartfelt wish for clarity on the cause of this disaster.

We know that their loss can never be made good. Their grief is immense. The only thing we could do today was to be with them, and listen to what they had to say.

In the last few days, people have gathered together all over the Netherlands, and they will go on doing so. In offices, schools, sports clubs and living rooms across the country. People are there for one another.

And that is especially important now, at a time of great trial for our country, when so many people are overwhelmed by grief. It is important that we hold onto one another, that we support each other and do what we can to help. And, that we open our hearts to anyone who wants to share their story. Not only now, but also in the months and years to come.

I would like to express my appreciation for all the people who are rallying around those affected by the disaster. Relatives, friends, neighbors and colleagues: you are all very much needed now.
I would also like to say how much I value the work being done by the hundreds of professionals involved in carrying out the many sad and difficult tasks that need to be done.

My wife and I sympathize deeply with all those who have been bereaved. We are with them in our thoughts. These sentiments are shared by my mother and by the other members of my family, who feel a particularly close bond with our country in these dark days.

This terrible disaster has inflicted a great wound on our society. The scar it leaves will never truly heal.

When the need is greatest, what counts is inner strength, compassion and solidarity – the very qualities that, at crucial times, our country has shown it possesses.”

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News Regarding Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

KingWAOn Monday, July 21, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met with the families of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) in Nieuwegein. 298 innocent lives were lost that day.

As you may know by now flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK ground-to-air missile (by, what many believe to be, Pro-Russian rebels) near the Ukraine-Russian border.

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News Regarding His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

TheKingWAOn July 5, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated the 150th anniversary of the tram in Den Haag.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Buzinezzclub in Den Haag.

MaximaOn July 4, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Buzinezzclub in Den Haag.

Established in 2009 the organization guides young people on benefit in education, work, or their business venture. The Buzinezzclub is also a member of the Oranje Fonds Groeiprogramma.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the Tivoli Vredenburg. (VIDEO)

PrinceofOranjeOn the evening of July 3, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the opening of the new Tivoli Vredenburg music center in Utrecht.

According to RVD, the new building contains “…five halls for classical, pop, jazz and dance…”

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits Mumbai, India.

Princess Maxima 2011On July 2, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, participated in a meeting and press conference at the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, India.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam.

PrinceofOranjeOn July 2, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA). According to RVD, the theme of the celebrations is, Shaping the Future of Energy through Innovation.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the Premiere of Er reed een trein naar Sobibor.

dutchOn Monday, June 30, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam to attend the premiere of the concert tour, Er reed een trein naar Sobibor.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the 10th Nederlandse Veteranendag

TheKingWAOn June 28, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, attended the 10th Nederlandse Veteranendag (Veterans Day) in Den Haag.

According to RVD, Veteranendag was established by the:

“…government and is organized by the Comité Nederlandse Veteranendag with the support of the Ministerie van Defensie. It is a tribute to the more than 100,000 Dutch veterans – from World War II to the mission in Mali – who have worked in the service of peace.”

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Attends the Reopening of the Mauritshuis.

PrinceofOranjeOn Friday, June 27, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the reopening of the newly renovated Mauritshuis in Den Haag.

According to RVD, the museum houses famous works by:

“…Dutch and Flemish painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Masterpieces include ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer, ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ by Rembrandt and ‘The Goldfinch’ Fabritius.

The core of the collection consists of paintings that were once owned by William V, Prince of Orange-Nassau. Before the Mauritshuis in 1822 became a public museum, among others the building served as the residence of Count Johan Maurits of Nassau Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil.”

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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Present Certificates. (VIDEO)

KingWAOn June 26, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands presented Groeicertificaten (growth certificates) to 18 organizations who participated in the 3rd Edition of the Oranje Fonds Groeiprogramma in Driebergen.

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His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens an Exhibition at the Koninklijk Paleis.

TheKingWAOn June 20, 2014, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands arrived at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam to officially open the exhibition, In All Their Glory.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends a Conference in Den Haag. (VIDEO)

MaximaOn Friday, June 20, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the international conference, Innovation in Oversight/Oversight in Innovation, held at the Nieuw Babylon in Den Haag.

During today’s event Her Majesty gave the opening speech which focused on “…improving access to financial services…” according to RVD. 

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