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Old 06-28-2014, 11:42 PM
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W-A can wear a military uniform now? I thought he had to stop wearing them when he became King.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:50 AM
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He can only wear one at military events I believe. TBH I don't know anybody who understands the logic of the matter. Just a typical Dutch compromise perhaps.

Ironically, during the parade the king stood in front of the statue of Johan de Witt, a 17th century statesman and a nemesis of the House of Orange, who got murdered by the Orangist mob during the disaster year (1672). Alexandre Dumas wrote about it in the 'Black Tulip' and has stadholder/king William III watching from the window while the mod drags his former tutor through the streets.

More pictures: Veel belangstelling voor Veteranendag - Foto - VK
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W-A can wear a military uniform now? I thought he had to stop wearing them when he became King.
He had to quit being an active military man because in the NL a member of the government cannot be an active military man. When he became King he became a part of the government, so that left him no choice.
He did keep permission to wear his uniform for ceremonial events at which he deems a military outfit suitable. He said that because he still feels a strong connection to the military he woul certainly use that privilige, and indeed he does, predominantly at military events..
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Thank you Lee-Z and Marengo for your explanation.
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The King was in daily tenue. When he wears grand tenue or ceremonial tenue, he can wear an orange officers' sash. Since the "investiture" of Don Felipe VI with a "commander sash" I have seen confusions around about the orange sash in the Netherlands. These are worn by all officers (so not only commanders) but only in combination with a ceremonial tenue. This is similar to the British officier sashes. In Dutch it is called "oranje draagband".

When the King wears a ceremonial tenue from the Army or the Air Force, he wears the orange sash which distincts him as an officer but it has not the same meaning as the commander sashes worn in the Spanish Armed Forces. (The Navy has no orange sashes). The King is no longer in active military service. Officers who are no longer in active services but are involved in (honorary or representative or ceremonial) activities linked to the armed forces are allowed to wear an uniform.

Pic: King Willem-Alexander during a parade but now in ceremonial tenue with orange sash: (source Reformatorisch Dagblad)

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King Willem-Alexander attended the premiere of the concert tour "There rode a train to Sobibor" at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam today, June 30:



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The old gentleman in the picture with the king is Jules Schelvis, the only survivor from 3000 Dutch Jews who were transported from camp Westerbork to extermination camp Sobibor in Poland. Mr. Schelvis told about his experiences and the orchestra played pieces of Bach in between. Today he will be in Berlin. The initiative was realized by crowd funding, so Mr. Schelvis could continue his mission to raise more awareness of the atrocities that happened during the war.

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Interesting! Thanks a lot for adding that!


Today, July 2nd, King Willem-Alexander attended the celebrations marking the 100 year anniversary of the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam.



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King Willem-Alexander opened the new building of the music venue TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht today, July 3:



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King Willem-Alexander at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the tram in The Hague. July 5, 2014

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Here are some additional pics:



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King Willem-Alexander reopened the VDL Nedcar factory, an automotive manufacturing company based in Born today, July 17:



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king WA was "asked" to be the next ice bath for youtube.
Gaat koning Willem-Alexander Ice Bucket Challenge aan? - Blauw Bloed
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king WA was "asked" to be the next ice bath for youtube.
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See the other thread on these forums for more on this Willem-Alexander, Máxima and Family, General News Part 2 (May 2013 - present)

But please: it's not a game and it's not "for youtube"...
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Today, September 1, King Willem-Alexander attended the official closing ceremony of the celebration of the centenary of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The closure also marked the opening of the Academic Year 2014-2015 of the university.




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King Willem-Alexander opened the POET-DSM advanced Biofuels' Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, USA, today, Sepember 3. It's a joint venture between Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol-maker POET and Royal DSM, a Dutch biotechnology company.



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The new Dutch ambassador to Trinidad Jeroen de Graaf took the oath in the presence of King Willem-Alexander today, September 5:



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I really like it that King Willem-Alexander ("I am no protocol fetishist") has actually stepped up the protocol and now Ambassadors, King's Commissioners, Governors, etc. appear in jacquet.

I hope he will also do that when a new Cabinet makes the oath in front of the King. After all the ministers all do have jacquets, as we can see every year: http://www.deondernemer.nl/UserFiles...P-10831169.jpg
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I really like it that King Willem-Alexander ("I am no protocol fetishist") has actually stepped up the protocol and now Ambassadors, King's Commissioners, Governors, etc. appear in jacquet.
It would be even more elegant if he would wear an Uniform like the Kings in Spain, Belgium and Sweden do (don't know about Norway). Can't understand that there is no exception that allows to wear the King an Uniform for ocasions like this (or Prinsjesdag).
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I agree. The King is free to wear an uniform anyway but he seems to have made a strict separation in civil and military activities. Apparently he considered (considers) his Investiture, the annual Address from the Throne, the audiences to Ambassadors, etc. as a civil activity. I can follow that logic.

When the King has an engagement with the armed forces involved, he wears an uniform:

The King visits the naval base in Den Helder: http://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/p...0620jh9018.jpg

The King -in army uniform- is stormed by children: https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2840/9...6b23640f_z.jpg

The King in a ceremonial tenue: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3766/...17cdb2cec8.jpg
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