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Dutch king apologizes for violence during Indonesian independence war

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Dutch King Willem-Alexander give the statement during a state visit to the country with Queen Maxima after a ceremony with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the capital Jakarta

APOLOGY. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on March 10, 2020. Photo by Achmad Ibrahim/Pool/AFP

Dutch MPs to debate ending law against insulting king

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Parliament's lower house will on Thursday, February 8, discuss a bill proposed by the progressive D66 party, which would drop clauses against defaming the king contained within wider laws on crimes against the royalty

THE KING AND FAMILY. Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander (R), Queen Maxima (C) and their daughters Amalia (2-R), Alexia (L) and Ariane arrives during celebrations for the 80th birthday of Princess Beatrix on February 3, 2018 in Amsterdam.  Patrick van Katwijk / ANP / AFP

Netherlands honors MH17 victims with memorial ceremony

Nov 10, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Flags fly at half mast across the country and at Dutch diplomatic missions abroad ahead of a commemoration in Amsterdam

The Dutch flag flies at half mast above the first chamber in The Hague, the Netherlands, 10 November 2014, during the national commemoration for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. Martijn Beekman/EPA

First MH17 bodies arrive in grieving Netherlands

Jul 23, 2014 - 10:13 PM

UPDATED The Netherlands has been united in grief and growing anger because of delays in getting bodies home and over the way pro Russian separatists have treated the site the victims remains and personal possessions

Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. Photo by AFP/Genya Savilov

#ARG or #NED? Argentine-born Dutch queen 'divided'

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:54 AM

For the second time since her marriage to Dutch King Willem Alexander in 2002 Queen Maxima – born and bred in Buenos Aires – will look on as the Dutch Oranje play Argentina s La Albiceleste in the World Cup

WORLD CUP DILEMMA. Will Argentine-born Dutch Queen Maxima (L) root for her birth country's team in the World Cup semifinals, or will she be siding with the Oranje? In this file photo, the Queen and her husband, King Willem-Alexander (R), are pictured during an event in Driebergen, The Netherlands, 26 June 2014. Sander Koning/EPA

Dutch prince Friso dies after ski accident: official

Aug 12, 2013 - 9:51 PM

Dutch prince Friso died 18 months after he was left brain damaged by an avalanche while skiing in Austria

A file picture taken on February 19, 2011 shows Dutch Prince Friso and Princess Mabel together with their daughters Luana and Zaria in the western Austrian ski resort of Lech. Dutch Prince Johan Friso, brain-damaged by an avalanche on February 17, 2012, died on August 12, 2013, 18 months after his ski accident. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROYAL IMAGES / FRANK VAN BEEK

King Willem-Alexander takes Dutch throne

Apr 30, 2013 - 4:09 PM

UPDATE Willem Alexander 46 became the first Dutch king since 1890 and the first of a new wave of relatively youthful European monarchs

PAST AND PRESENT MONARCHS. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (C) arrives on April 29, 2013 with her son Prince Willem-Alexander (R) and his wife Princess Maxima to attend a dinner at the National Museum (Rijksmuseum) in Amsterdam on the eve of her abdication. ANP

'Imbecilic' song for new Dutch king withdrawn after outcry

Apr 22, 2013 - 9:12 AM

Tens of thousands of Dutch citizens have been voicing their dismay since the song was unveiled trashing the anthem which is an unlikely combination of traditional rap and choir music

PRESENT AND FUTURE MONARCHS. In this photo dated on April 30, 2012 Queen Beatrix (L) and Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands look on during Queen's Day in Veenendaal. AFP PHOTO/ANP/ROBIN UTRECHT