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Old 03-22-2008, 11:21 PM
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Did Prince Claus have an accent in his Dutch?
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:21 AM
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I like her red dress,it's very pretty.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:15 PM
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Did Prince Claus have an accent in his Dutch?
He spoke dutch very well, but always with hint of a german accent..
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:39 AM
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Engagement of Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta: 30 March 2001

The couple announced their engagement on 30 March 2001; Máxima addressed the nation in Dutch (which at the time she only spoke to basic conversational extent) during the live televised broadcast. Máxima was granted Dutch citizenship by a royal decree on 17 May 2001 and now has dual citizenship: Argentine and Dutch. The engagement was formally approved by the States General later that year—a necessary step for Willem-Alexander to remain in line to the throne.



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Queen Beatrix announces - in the presence of Prince Claus - the engagement of the Prince of Orange and Máxima Zorreguieta.

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The engagement remains most famous for Máxima's words "Je was een beetje dom" ("You were a little stupid") referencing her future husband's actions regarding his comments on Videla's letter.
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who is Videla and why was Willem stupid?
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General Jorge Videla was a former Argentinian dictator who was responsible for the murder of 7000-8000 Argentinians. Máxima's father had served this dictatorship for some years as under-minister for Agriculture.

During a visit to Boston the then Prince of Orange told members of the Dutch press about a letter that was published in the Argentinian newspaper 'La Nación' in March 2001. He talked about 'an open source' that would help to get a full view what happened in Argentina in the years of the dictatorship.

Dutch journalists did their work, read the letter and to their astonishment noticed that the letter -which defended the dictatorship against a new book that was published, called 'El Dictador'- was signed by Jorge Videla himself.

The Prime Minister [Wim Kok] was livid. He telephoned the Crown Prince in the United States - who due to the time difference was woken up in the middle of the night. In a public statement the prime minister said that 'the crown prince would better have overcome his urge to make personal statements on this matter'. The Prime minister told the crown prince that he was expected to keep his silence concerning the history of Máxima's father. In parliament the PM emphasized that the remarks of the prince did not meant that the prince agreed with the content of the letter but merely pointed emphasized the need for broad orientation on the matter.

The PM was praised for his quick reaction, as this could have grown into a more serious issue. All parties in parliament disapproved of the remarks of the crown prince but agreed that the PM had solved the issue sufficiently with his humiliating public reprimand. In general the prime minister's competent brinkmanship in handling the situation around Máxima's father is credited for preventing a constitutional crisis where parliament might have voted against the wedding of the prince and Máxima.

Two months later the engagement was announced. The RVD (Government information service) knew that there would be questions from journalists on the matter. The crown prince and Máxima prepared for the press conference in Scheveningen. Together it was decided to let Máxima say 'he was a bit silly' when the question would pop up.

When the question popped up during the press conference you can see the crown prince giving Máxima a little cue (unknown at the time but explained much later) and she dully said 'he was a bit silly'. It became the most quoted remark of the press conference but it managed to turn around the situation completely and the country was charmed. According to a historian who was present at the press conference the temperature among the other journalists warmed up from 'an icy cold' to 'a great heat'.
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Thanks. yes it seems he was pretty stupid....
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Old 09-10-2020, 02:37 PM
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Question and answer in Dutch:
Reporter: U heeft in New York een brief van Videla aangehaald in een interview. Premier Kok zei dat had u beter niet kunnen doen. Hoe kijkt u daar zelf op terug op dat incident?

Willem-Alexander: Dat had ik beter niet kunnen doen dat zegt u juist. Nee, dat was ehh... stom... hè? (kijkt naar Máxima)

Máxima: Je was een beetje dom. Je was een beetje dom. (gegiegel)

Translation:
Reporter: You quoted a letter from Videla in an interview in New York. Prime Minister Kok said you should not have done that. How do you look back on that incident yourself?

Willem-Alexander: I shouldn't have done that, that's correct. No, that was um ... dumb ... huh? (looking at Máxima)

Máxima: You were a bit stupid. You were a bit stupid. (giggle giggle)
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Poor Maxima. It was really hard for her. But she made this very well!
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i know i asked this before, but i wonder if a translation of the interview exists anywhere?
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i know i asked this before, but i wonder if a translation of the interview exists anywhere?
I'm not aware of a fully transcribed interview (which would be a requirement for translation) nor a video with subtitles in English.
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