"We are less powerless than we think", King Willem-Alexander said in his annual Christmas speech on Tuesday. Read the full text of the speech in English below:
In his sixth Christmas Day address to the Netherlands, Dutch King Willem-Alexander spoke in support of equal opportunities and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, even quoting former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Willem-Alexander used his annual platform to speak out against intimidation, extremism, and marginialization of people deemed "different".
In his annual Christmas speech, King Willem-Alexander called on the people of the Netherlands not to get caught up in their own little worlds. But instead to work towards forming a stronger community. The full text of his speech, given from the Eikenhorst palace in Wassenaar, can be found below:
Healthily turning fifty and being able to celebrate it with many people together is a fantastic gift. I am grateful that I could experience this this year.
King Willem-Alexander lashed out at the prevalence of apparent fake news permeating through society in his annual Christmas Day address. "It is often difficult to distinguish facts and falsifications from one another. Nuance and empathy seem to be in jeopardy from the start, and Twitter sometimes makes the debate bitter," the king stated.
On Christmas Day King Willem-Alexander gave his annual Christmas Speech from the palace in Wassenaar. He spoke about war in Syria, fear of terrorism and seemingly growing gaps in society. In these uncertain times, the King called on everyone to focus on what we share and protect what connects us.
Here follows the full text of King Willem-Alexander's Christmas Speech for 2016:
As per Dutch tradition, the King addressed the nation in his Christmas speech on Christmas day. This is the third Christmas speech King Willem-Alexander gave. According to him, the Netherlands fought hard for its freedom, and we must maintain that freedom, but without giving into our base fears.
1.963 million people watched King Willem-Alexander's annual Christmas speech, which ared at 13:00 yesterday afternoon. This is according to figures from the Rating Foundation (Stichting KijkOnderzoek -SKO), which was released this morning.
King Willem-Alexander started his Christmas speech, which was broadcast today from Eikenhorst in Wassenaar, by talking about the grief caused by the disaster with flight MH17. He also emphasized the importance of freedom, tolerance and shared responsibility.
The round-up of some of this week's most noteworthy events and news stories features Sint Maarten battling mosquitos that spread the Chikungunya virus, the Dutch economy making a sharp fall, King Willem-Alexander's first Christmas speech, the sale of 100 Leopard tanks to Finland, the new record by "Serious Request" after being locked up in the Glass House, and a major storm that misses most of the Netherlands.
Nearly 2.3 million people have watched yesterday's Christmas speech of King Willem-Alexander, according to figures from the Audience Research Foundation.
King Willem-Alexander made his first Christmas speech today.