On January 25, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands were in Den Haag to attend an extraordinary meeting and farewell ceremony to Mr. Herman Tjeenk Willink, Vice-President (Viceroy) of the Council of State.  Also in attendance were Prime Minister Mark Rutte as well as other top government officials.

For his 15 years of service, as Her Majesty’s main government advsior, Mr. Tjeenk Willink received the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Queen.

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Sources: NOS, Blik op Nieuws, and Nederlands Dagblad