Originally Posted by NGalitzine
I gather the Mayor of Amsterdam was not happy when TM made the decision to get off the boat to greet the DJ and orchestra because it was not in his plans for the event. He later admitted that it was the right decision because it made people happy.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van de Laan was concerned when the King in his "stubbornness" wanted to make an unexpected stop. Just before Willem-Alexander disembarked, we can see Mayor Van der Laan
in a pressured telephone consultation. "But then there was the wisdom of our own king himself who left the boat wanting to shake Armin van Buuren's hand and my concerns were completely ignored. But this is right.
" said Mayor van der Laan
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima personally greeted Armin van Buuren
and the concertmaster of the orchestra, Vesko Eschkenazy. Máxima is the patron of the orchestra. The action of the royal couple was unexpected and led to an enthusiastic response from the audience. "The Policy Centre is just through the roof. Now we 'adjust' and are back on the official program,"
twittered the Mayor's spokeman Bartho Boer. Followed by: "What a King!"