Pieter van Vollenhoven Struggles With ‘Apeldoorn’
Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of princess Margriet of The Netherlands confessed to reporters that he struggles with the memories he has of the tragedy that happened on Queen’s Day in Apeldoorn.
The professor was a guest speaker at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam today. He was at the university to give a lecture to the students of social sciences. As chairman of the national safety commission he explained the students the importance and the difficulties of independent research after accidents, something he strived for since the early eighties. He also held a plea to quickly impliment a safety law, which has as goal to show that public safety is a primairy task of the state.
After the lecture the professor confessed to reporters of the NOS and NOVA that the entire family is still upset. ‘The images keep returning’, Pieter said. Pieter also told about his experiiences at the Gelre hospital, where he and his wife met the medical staff at April 30th. Around 80 employees of the hospital, from doctors to coffee ladies, shared their emotions with the couple. Almost all victims were first treated at the Gelre hospital, before some of them were moved to other hospitals in the region.Filed under Dutch Royals
Tagged Koninginnedag 2009 Tragedy, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven.