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Two new ministers were sworn in. The lady in the picture is also a new minister: Stientje van Veldhoven. Just like Raymond Knops she was a state secretary until now (but at a different ministry). More importantly, she is a member from the same political party as the one that is temporarily stepping down; so she must have been added to make sure that they don't go back in number of ministers for the time being.

Two more changes were made but in those cases the ones with added responsibility already were minister of a department, so no need to be sworn in by the king.
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THE OATH

The oath is read out by the Director of the Kabinet van de Koning:

" I swear that, in order to be appointed as minister, I have not given or promised any gift or favor, neither directly nor indirectly, under any name or pretext.

" I swear that, in order to do - or not to do- anything in this Office, I have not accepted or will accept any gift or promise, neither directly nor indirectly.

" I swear allegiance to The King, to the Statute for the Kingdom and to the Constitution.

" I swear that I will faithfully fulfill the duties that my Office imposes on me."

The director requests the minister to step forward. The minister raises his hand and declares in front of the King:

" So truly help me God almighty! " (religious version)
or
" I do declare and promise that! " (non-religious version)
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Today, November 6, King Willem-Alexander has paid a working visit to the Leeuwarden Air Base for the inspection of two new aircrafts:



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King Willem-Alexander has received political group leaders today, November 7:



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This is a start of a series of meetings with the group chairmen/women in the senate ('first chamber') after the senate was installed in June. 8 of them are new in this position; the other 5 have been group chair for some time (most about 4 years but one up to 14 years)

Typically the group chairman/woman in the 'lower house' ('second chamber') is considered the party leader.
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Today, November 6, King Willem-Alexander has paid a working visit to the Leeuwarden Air Base for the inspection of two new aircrafts:



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Yes, the King visited the first delivery of 47 new Joint Strike Fighters and also the first of 9 new MQ-9 Reapers (Predator B), which are unmanned aerial vehicles. It comes with 4 Mobile Ground Stations.

The 306 sqn of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, based in Leeuwarden, will operate the Reapers.

The 322 sqn of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, also based in Leeuwarden, the squadron which is part of the "Quick Reaction Force", will operate this first batch of new Joint Strike Fighters.
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King Willem-Alexander received Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Palace Huis ten Bosch today, November 8.

The Patriarch is visiting the Netherlands for the "Water in times of climate changes, a values-driven dialogue" symposium.


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Two new ministers were sworn in. The lady in the picture is also a new minister: Stientje van Veldhoven. Just like Raymond Knops she was a state secretary until now (but at a different ministry). More importantly, she is a member from the same political party as the one that is temporarily stepping down; so she must have been added to make sure that they don't go back in number of ministers for the time being.

Two more changes were made but in those cases the ones with added responsibility already were minister of a department, so no need to be sworn in by the king.
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THE OATH

The oath is read out by the Director of the Kabinet van de Koning:

" I swear that, in order to be appointed as minister, I have not given or promised any gift or favor, neither directly nor indirectly, under any name or pretext.

" I swear that, in order to do - or not to do- anything in this Office, I have not accepted or will accept any gift or promise, neither directly nor indirectly.

" I swear allegiance to The King, to the Statute for the Kingdom and to the Constitution.

" I swear that I will faithfully fulfill the duties that my Office imposes on me."

The director requests the minister to step forward. The minister raises his hand and declares in front of the King:

" So truly help me God almighty! " (religious version)
or
" I do declare and promise that! " (non-religious version)
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This is a start of a series of meetings with the group chairmen/women in the senate ('first chamber') after the senate was installed in June. 8 of them are new in this position; the other 5 have been group chair for some time (most about 4 years but one up to 14 years)

Typically the group chairman/woman in the 'lower house' ('second chamber') is considered the party leader.
Thank you both for providing information about these functions.

When one appreciates the frequency of new installations in legislative positions, one assumes the King's involvement contributes by offering the impression of continuity.

I wonder if "in order to be appointed as minister, I have not given or promised any gift or favor" was included in the oath because of ministers earlier in history who did exactly that.
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Yes, this is in Huis Den Bosch.
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Thank you both for providing information about these functions.

When one appreciates the frequency of new installations in legislative positions, one assumes the King's involvement contributes by offering the impression of continuity.

I wonder if "in order to be appointed as minister, I have not given or promised any gift or favor" was included in the oath because of ministers earlier in history who did exactly that.
The Oath is in fact an assemblage of two oaths: an Oath of Purification and an Oath of Office. This double oath exists top down in the whole machinery of state: from the minister to a civil servant.

A breach of an Oath of Purification is prosecutable as an Act of Perjury.
A breach of an Oath of Office is prosecutable as a Misconduct in an Office.

After declaring himself or herself "pure", the road is free for the Oath of Office.
In the Netherlands it is an ancient custom, going back to the Republic, where officials and clerks in the service of the Lords Burgomasters and Aldermen, in the service of the Lords States and in the service of the Lords States-General had to make these Oaths. Including the holders of the supreme Office, the Stadtholders, which were the Princes of the House (Orange-) Nassau.
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King Willem-Alexander received the new Ambassadors of Turkmenistan, Mali and Zambia at Noordeinde Palace today, November 13:


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Today, November 20, King Willem-Alexander received the new Ambassadors of Algeria and Ecuador at Palace Noordeinde:


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Later he paid a working visit to CVO Accent Practical Education:



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King Willem-Alexander pay a working visit today to the Fontys Venlo educational institution.


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King Willem-Alexander received the Ambassadors of Burundi, Qatar and the Maledives today, November 27:


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Later he opened the renewed memorial centre of the National Monument Camp Vught:


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Two more galleries from the King's visit today


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King Willem-Alexander during the opening of the new TechMed Center of the University of Twente today


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King Willem-Alexander arrives at the city hall in Raalte, for a workvisit today 3 December

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and a working visit to the Groningen Drenthe public transport agency in Assen

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King Willem-Alexander has received the Chairmen of the Senate today, December 4:


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King Willem-Alexander opened the Unilever Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen this afternoon, December 6:



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