Willem-Alexander

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Apr 26 '13 08:46

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.

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Apr 22 '13 09:01

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.

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Apr 22 '13 08:42

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.

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Apr 19 '13 17:08

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.

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Apr 18 '13 15:11

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”.

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Apr 15 '13 09:05

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.

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Apr 12 '13 10:02

Prince Willem-Alexander has known for about a year and a half that he is going to be crowned on April 30 of this year. 3FM DJ Gerard Ekdom says that he heard this directly from the Crown Prince during the “uitblinkers” lunch at Noordeinde Palace, according to a report by the NOS.

“The prince was almost sitting next to me, so I had a very nice talk with him,” Ekdom said in the Coen & Sander Show. “Frankly speaking, I know it already for one and a half years,” Ekdom quotes the prince.

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Apr 12 '13 09:31

The inauguration on April 30 has caused an unprecedented demand for large television screens. The demand is so high that rental companies in the Netherlands are out of stock. Screens are now arranged from Belgium and Germany, according to a report by AD.

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