The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: two mechanics killed in a fire in a wind turbine, the Filipino Sweety attracts a thousand child molesters, an F-16 damages a control tower, eight police officers injured by soccer fans, Labour support for F-35 purchases, and the permanent Body World's exhibition.
On the day of the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs blamed the Netherlands for the arrests of Greenpeace activists
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will dine at the Kremlin Friday evening with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Dutch experts think it is not of much importance for Putin.
Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans will speak to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday concerning sensitive issues that recently came up in the bilateral relations, announced Lavrov's spokesperson Friday
King Willem-Alexander will not hand over the 'Dream Book for Russia', by some gay organizations, to President Putin on Friday. It is not within the package of tasks of the King, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the violent autumn storm that passed over The Netherlands, two dead by fire in wind turbine, top Dutch baseball players, violence against gay people in Vondelpark, and the death of Bonfire.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin will welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima Friday, November 8.
For now Minister Timmermans thinks King Willem-Alexander should proceed with his plans to visit Russia next month, he states in Nieuwsuur Wednesday night.
Prince Friso will be privately buried on Friday in Lage Vuursche, in the municipality of Baarn. That was announced by the Government Information Service (RVD).
Prince Friso died Monday at age 44 from the effects of the skiing accident he had in the Austrian Lech in February 2012. He grew up with his brothers Constantijn and Willem-Alexander at Castle Drakensteyn, which is located near Lage Vuursche and borders the site where is the church called the Stulpkerk. He will be laid to rest at the cemetery that surrounds the church.
Lage Vuursche already crowded
On July 10, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met Queen Elizabeth II in her private residences at Windsor Castle on their first official visit to Britain since his appointment as king.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are scheduled to make their first official visit to the UK on July 19 and July 20, according to Royal Central. This will be one of their first trips as King and Queen.
King Willem-Alexander had an introductory meeting with the chairman of the Senate and the chairman of the House on Thursday. The Government Information Service (RVD) announced that the meeting took place in the working room of the king at Palace Noordeinde.
Before the summer recess, which will start at the beginning of July, the king will also have introductory meetings with the chairmen of the political parties in the House.
Protesters arrested in Amsterdam's Dam Square on April 30 during the inauguration have requested a face-to-face meeting with new King Willem-Alexander.
Republican activist Hans Maessen wrote a letter stating that he and Joanna van der Hoek want to exchange points of views about how to better protect freedom of speech in the Netherlands.
The two activists who were on the Dam Square to protest against the monarchy were arrested by police and released shortly thereafter. The police has since acknowledged an error in judgment, and apologized to both Maessen and van der Hoek.
Willem-Alexander was inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as the new king of the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.
The crowning of Willem-Alexander on the 30th of April will bring a few millions euro extra income to retailers. However it won’t come close to the extra income earned during soccer championships. A representative of retail the Netherlands, Detailhandel Nederland, said this.
In one year's time the confidence in Willem-Alexander as future King has increased considerably. In 2012, 59 percent of the Dutch trusted him for the job. This is now 69 percent according to the Throne Exchange IPSOS survey research commissioned by the NOS.
The increase is primarily due to the television interview with the future King and Queen, which aired last Wednesday. Almost half of the Dutch (48 percent) think positively about Willem-Alexander.
Queen Beatrix will host a farewell dinner at the Hall of Fame of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday. The foreign guests who will attend the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander a day later have been invited to the farewell dinner. For the ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk, many foreign royals have traveled to Amsterdam.
Although companies come up with many 'Oranje' advertising campaigns about the inauguration, these campaigns are fewer than campaigns for a World Cup or European Championship, according to Gonnie Spijkers in his advertisement blog ‘Verse Reclame’.
About 20,000 people want the House to debate on the salary of the future king, Willem-Alexander. They have signed a citizens initiative of the New Republican Society (NRG) circulated in recent weeks.
To get the issue on the agenda of the House, supporters must get 40,000 signatures, as reported by campaign leader Hans Maessen of the NRG on Thursday.
The society thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander. After the inauguration, the king will earn 850,000 euro per year tax free.
After composer John Ewbank withdrew the previously selected official King’s Song, other artists are working hard on songs in honor of the abdication of Beatrix and the inauguration of Willem-Alexander. Among others Henny Huisman, Wim de Bie and Dries Roelvink are busy making an alternative song.
Shopkeepers and cafe owners in the inner city of Amsterdam can pull out their orange and red, white and blue flags, banners and balloons beginning Tuesday. From April 23 till May 1, entrepreneurs may decorate the facades and streets for the inauguration on April 30.
Dutch radio station Radio 2 presented the official song for the new King, ‘het Koningslied’, on Friday. The video clip will follow on Monday at 12.30pm. The song is meant for everyone who supports the royal family.
Prince Willem-Alexander will accept a ceremonial role as a king if the House decides that. He said that in an interview with RTL Nieuws and NOS. “I’ll accept anything, as long as the processes are democratic and laws are followed”.
The New Republican Society (NRG) thinks that the House of Representatives must debate on the “exorbitant salary'' of the king. The Society, which wants an elected head of state in the Netherlands, thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander.
The NRG wants to submit a citizens' initiative. According to the law, at least 40,000 citizens have to sign the initiative.
The NRG further calls on people, who have the same thoughts, to wear white instead of orange on April 30, the day that Willem-Alexander is inaugurated as king.