Royal Family

Monument for the people killed in an attack on the Royal Family in Apeldoorn on 30 April 2009
Apr 30 '19 12:40

Today Apeldoorn is commemorating the 10th anniversary of an attack on the Royal Family in the city on Queen's Day 2009. Today ten years ago Karst T. drove his car through the Queen's Day crowd in an attempt to crash into a bus containing the Royal Family. A total of eight people were killed, including T. himself, and dozens were injured, Omroep Gelderland reports.

Family members of the victims and others involved will gather at a closed meeting in Apeldoorn on Tuesday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Apr 15 '19 12:40

Support for the Dutch monarchy among young people fell sharply over the past years. In 2007, 70 percent of Dutch between the ages of 18 and 34 were enthusiastic about the Royal Family, last year it was only 55 percent, according to surveys by Ipsos commissioned by NOS. 

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Jan 8 '19 10:50

D66 parliamentarian Salima Belhaj called on Prime Minister Mark Rutte to ask the Royal Family to temporarily abandon the auction of a number of artworks. The Royals want to sell the works at an American auction, but Belhaj hopes they can stay in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Sep 18 '18 07:30

The police searched multiple addresses in the Netherlands on Monday, looking for Erwin L., a man who threw a votive candle holder at the Golden Carriage on Budget Day 2010. With this year's Budget Day happening today, the police don't know where he is, AT5 and RTL Nieuws report.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Apr 28 '17 14:50

This year the Royal Family will cost the government budget, and Dutch taxpayers, 41.4 million euros, according to Business Insider. That includes the "constitutional benefit" for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix as well as expense compensation for them.

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Feb 22 '17 13:20

A police officer was arrested on Monday on suspicion of leaking investigation information to a Moroccan-Dutch criminal organization, NRC reports. According to the newspaper, the officer in question is of Moroccan descent and works at the so-called Safety and Security Department, tasked with providing security to the royal family and threatened politicians like Geert Wilders, among others.

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Nov 1 '16 09:22

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's three daughters started receiving pocket money from the age of 6. The Queen wanted them to understand the value of money from an early age, she said in an interview with a street newspaper, which Trouw got a look at.

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Oct 27 '16 15:25

A number of parties in the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - criticized Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the "vague" manner in which he handles files on the Royal family. According to the parties, Rutte was not transparent in his information and a series of incidents invovling the royals is bad for support of the monarchy, NU.nl reports.

Oct 27 '16 08:16

On Wednesday Prime Minsiter Mark Rutte wrote to parliament stating that no evidence was found to suggest that the Dutch government compensates the Royal family for the taxes they pay. A few hours later RTL Niuews published more evidence that such a deal indeed exists.

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Oct 26 '16 15:45

Prince Bernhard is accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl in the new biography of his wife Juliana. According to the book by Jolande Withuis, which was published on Tuesday, Bernhard groped and kissed a 16-year-old girl, NU.nl reports.

King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix and Queen Maxima (Source: Wikimedia/Floris Looijesteijn)
Oct 11 '16 11:10

King Willem-Alexander and his predecessors were and still are compensated for the taxes they must pay on their private assets, according to research by RTL Nieuws. This started in the 70's, when it was first decided that the the ruling Royals will pay taxes on their personal assets.

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Aug 16 '16 12:00

Queen Maxima was so enthusiastic about congratulating Dutch windsurfer Dorian van Rijsselberghe on his gold medal win on Sunday, that a presenter for NBC thought she was his wife.

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Jul 22 '16 12:25

For the first time ever the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague is open to the public, or to those who bought tickets at least. For the next four Saturdays the 20 thousand ticket holders will be allowed an in-person look at certain areas in the palace.

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Jun 3 '16 16:05

Prime Minister Mar Rutte is willing to lower the maintenance budget for the Groene Draeck, Princess Beatrix's private yacht, to 87 thousand euros a year instead of 95 thousand euros, he wrote in a letter to parliament

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May 17 '16 09:42

Queen Maxima turns 45 years old today. The government is celebrating by hanging the Dutch flag on the main government buildings. Individuals who wish to congratulate her, can also hang the flag with pennant

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Apr 27 '16 08:47

King Willem-Alexander and a number of other royal guests are celebrating his 49th birthday in the city of Zwolle this year. The royal family will be greeted by Mayor Henk Jan Meijer and Commissioner of the King Ank Bijleveld-Schouten on the Nieuwe Haven bridge at 11:00 a.m.

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Feb 17 '16 09:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will not reveal the costs involved in repairing the Royal Family's Golden Coach, he said on Tuesday in response to questions from D66 leader Alexander Pechtold

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Dec 29 '15 14:10

D66 Parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven wants to know whether pressure from the Royal Family is affecting parodies and satire about them. This follows comments made by NOC/NSF boss Gerard Dielessen in NRC that after the Royal Family reacted angrily to satire on the 2012 Sports Gala, the satire on the Sports Gala is much tamer

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Sep 21 '15 15:36

ABN Amro's financial director Kees van Dijkhuizen has a function as a board member of King Willem Alexander and other members of the royal family's "financial holding company" that is not mentioned in any of the bank's documents.

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Apr 27 '15 13:03

A disturbed man was arrested at the Town Hall in Dordrecht on Monday morning, where King Willem-Alexander and the royal family are attending the King's Day festivities.

Apr 2 '15 18:23

The police unions have handed Justice Minister Ard van der Steur an ultimatum to come up with a better collective proposal than the last offer from former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the police union Nederlandse Politiebond wrote in a statement. The new Justice Minister has until April 13th to respond, after which "tougher actions" can be expected from police personnel.

Osprey
Aug 5 '14 09:43

Dutch King Willem-Alexander has dipped deep into the royal purse to purchase a luxury speedboat costing around €700,000, De Telegraaf reports. The pleasure-yacht was bought from Dutch dockyard Wajer & Wajer Yachts, Quote writes.

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Jul 2 '14 14:57

The miniature city park Madurodam in Den Haag has used a 3D printer to make a very realistic mini Royal Family. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and daughters are standing, in miniature, in front of the Huis ten Bosch Palace.

May 1 '14 15:46

Willem-Alexander has been the King for one year. In his first year on the throne, Willem-Alexander has been a modest ceremonial King, performed his duty, made royal visits and demonstrated his interest in society.

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