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King in video message: ‘Hurts to have betrayed your trust’

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima expressed their regret in a video message on Wednesday for their holiday trip to Greece. “Our trip to Greece has provoked strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us,” said the royal couple.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima expressed their regret in a video message on Wednesday for their holiday trip to Greece. “Our trip to Greece has provoked strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us,” said the royal couple.

“Even though the trip was in line with the regulations, it was very unwise not to take into account the impact of the new restrictions on our society. Our own decision to return was made with the realization that we should not have gone,” says the king in the video message.

Last week, there was a fuss about the trip of the royal family, because the cabinet had urged the Dutch not to go on holiday abroad due to the increasing number of corona infections in the world.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte also went through the dust. Last Sunday he admitted that he had been aware of the king’s vacation plans, but he said he realized too late that this was not really possible.

The royal couple decided on Friday, on the day of arrival, to end their holiday in Greece and returned to the Netherlands on Saturday. Princesses Amalia and Alexia, however, stayed a little longer in Greece. They did not return until Tuesday afternoon via a scheduled flight, as it turned out on Tuesday evening. Rutte said on Wednesday that he also knew about this, but he did not think it necessary to share this as, according to him, it was a “private matter”.

‘We did our best from the start of the corona crisis’

The king said in the video message on Wednesday that he and the queen have done their best since the beginning of the corona crisis to “find space within the boundaries of the corona policy and to be there as much as possible for anyone looking for support in uncertain times”.

He continues: “It is a difficult time for everyone. A time of lack, limitations and worry. Of fear, anger and uncertainty as well. We have heard the poignant stories in many encounters, in person, and digitally. With you and in all. We feel connected to those people who have been directly or indirectly affected. ”

“We will continue to work with you to get rid of the corona virus. So that everyone in our country can then resume normal life as soon as possible. That is the most important thing now and we will continue to do so, to the best of our ability.”

Politicians express appreciation for regrets

Some politicians from the House of Representatives are happy that the King and Queen have expressed their regret in the video message. They think it is good that the Royal House is taking the situation seriously and that an apology has been offered.

“Important signal that the king has expressed regret about the planned trip to Greece”, says Suzanne Kröger (GroenLinks). “From now on, everyone is working hard to fight this pandemic together.”

VVD member Bart Smals calls it “wise of the king and queen that, after all the consternation, they should turn to the Dutch people immediately. I thought it was a sincere and empathetic message. As they say themselves: committed but not infallible.”

Those words also touched SGP leader Kees van der Staaij. “After the accountability letter Prime Minister Rutte now has a clear personal message from our king: committed, but not infallible. Good motto in these difficult times,” he writes on Twitter.

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