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Old 01-06-2021, 07:03 AM
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima issued a message marking the start of the vaccination programme in the Netherlands:


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The start of the vaccinations is a turning point that gives hope for a way out of this crisis. Many thanks to everyone who cooperates! Now it is important to persevere together

** koninklijkhuis.nl: Reactie Koninklijk Paar n.a.v. eerste coronavaccinatie in Nederland **
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:14 AM
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Yes, the Netherlands has been the last EU country to start vaccinating.

It has caused considerable controversy there.

The government has apparently stated that the Netherlands simply wasn't ready when the vaccine was available, hence the delay.
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:55 AM
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Well, they had counted on another vaccin being ready first and had made plans accordingly. When it became clear that the Pfizer-vaccine was first to arrive instead they lacked the flexibility to change their plans.
Makes me wonder though, why they didn't have several scenario's ready?
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Old 01-08-2021, 05:50 AM
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That's not the point. Most people can't afford to go to a safe house, so governments have guidelines about travelling, because of the pandemic. Just as there are rules about self quarantining when returning from various countries.... And the King and queen are supposed to set an example.. so like other Ducth people they could have had a holiday within the Netherlands.
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:30 AM
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If you are royal breaking rules or bending htem is going to look very bad. and it has looked bad...
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:34 AM
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If you are royal breaking rules or bending htem is going to look very bad. and it has looked bad...
The King and Queen broke no any rule, to be fair.
There was no lockdown like now and the whole operation started after the last audience with the PM.

It was just unlucky that, shortly before departure, the Goverrnment came with the request to limit all travels if possible. And there he went, the head of state and most prominent member of the very same Government...

Luckily the King and Queen did realize the impact and immediately returned and offered their excuses. Their last sentence now is famous: "Wij zijn betrokken. Niet onfeilbaar". ("We are commited. Not infallible.")

(That is the same category alike when the MP Jozias van Aartsen once removed the sting in debate in the Chamber: "My ladies and my gentlemen, we are discussing the royal family: not the Holy Family".)
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Old 01-08-2021, 12:09 PM
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I think it's adding up that they come across too entitled. People understand that he is King and gets a lot of money for his work and that the family is rich, but this year they kind of overdid it. Flaunting your wealth with a speedboat while having the government still pay for everything possible, I mean people understand that WA travels on a government plane when he does a State Visit, but for his holiday? Come on. Then the apanage of Amalia who doesn't do any public duties in return, breaking the corona rules while on holiday, then I recall there was or still is the issue with the park that is owned by WA but the government pays for maintenance on the condition that the public can use it, still WA closes it for recreation (hunting) for a month each year, so I guess at some point people thought they should give him something to think about. I hope he listens.
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Old 01-08-2021, 01:29 PM
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IMO it's not so much that rules are broken/bent, but rather common sense that seems to be lacking at times.
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Old 01-08-2021, 01:58 PM
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I think it's adding up that they come across too entitled. People understand that he is King and gets a lot of money for his work and that the family is rich, but this year they kind of overdid it. Flaunting your wealth with a speedboat while having the government still pay for everything possible, I mean people understand that WA travels on a government plane when he does a State Visit, but for his holiday? Come on. Then the apanage of Amalia who doesn't do any public duties in return, breaking the corona rules while on holiday, then I recall there was or still is the issue with the park that is owned by WA but the government pays for maintenance on the condition that the public can use it, still WA closes it for recreation (hunting) for a month each year, so I guess at some point people thought they should give him something to think about. I hope he listens.
The State's transport fleet is for the King, 24/24 and 7/7. There is no difference in destination, so that is no argument.

The Princess of Orange has not received one Euro from the State. She will receive the constitutional income for the successor to the King when she reaches the age of consent. So that is no argument either.

The Crown Domain was owned by the Orange-Nassaus since 1684. Princess Wilhelmina donated it to the State in the 1950's under three conditions: the domain must remain intact, the domain will be returned to the Orange-Nassaus in case of an end to the monarchy and the Bearer of the Crown has the exploitation of the domain. In the 1970's Queen Juliana opened the Crown Domain but with restriction in Autumn. This has remained so under Juliana, Beatrix and Willem-Alexander. And like all nature domains also the Crown Domain receives EU and national subsidies for nature, flora and fauna management.

Then the King's speedboat moored in Greece. The King swapped his Wajer 35 for a Wajer 55. Of course the consumer's price of 2 million was formidable, but the King most likely pays "a friendly price" as best advertorial for this small Friesian family company plus his "older" Wajer 35 in return. The orders for the Wajer 55 started in 2016 when the prototype was shown on Yacht shows and the first delivery was in March 2019. The King received his Wajer 55 (probably ordered two years ago) this Spring. And then the pandemic came. Of course ideal for (social) media hyperboles as "look us suffer and see him sailing".

All in all it is a stir in a cup of tea. It is not corruptism, cronyism, nepotism, fraud, embezzlement, theft, favoritism, clientelism, bribery, abuse, prostitution, adultery, drugs use, whatever. Just an unlucky come-together of events (new boat + pandemic) and a clumsy handling (not able to stop the logistic operation of leaving for Greece when the Government came with a new advice the day before).

It is business as usual again. Yesterday's news on today's cat's litter box.
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:50 PM
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The State's transport fleet is for the King, 24/24 and 7/7. There is no difference in destination, so that is no argument.

The Princess of Orange has not received one Euro from the State. She will receive the constitutional income for the successor to the King when she reaches the age of consent. So that is no argument either.

The Crown Domain was owned by the Orange-Nassaus since 1684. Princess Wilhelmina donated it to the State in the 1950's under three conditions: the domain must remain intact, the domain will be returned to the Orange-Nassaus in case of an end to the monarchy and the Bearer of the Crown has the exploitation of the domain. In the 1970's Queen Juliana opened the Crown Domain but with restriction in Autumn. This has remained so under Juliana, Beatrix and Willem-Alexander. And like all nature domains also the Crown Domain receives EU and national subsidies for nature, flora and fauna management.

Then the King's speedboat moored in Greece. The King swapped his Wajer 35 for a Wajer 55. Of course the consumer's price of 2 million was formidable, but the King most likely pays "a friendly price" as best advertorial for this small Friesian family company plus his "older" Wajer 35 in return. The orders for the Wajer 55 started in 2016 when the prototype was shown on Yacht shows and the first delivery was in March 2019. The King received his Wajer 55 (probably ordered two years ago) this Spring. And then the pandemic came. Of course ideal for (social) media hyperboles as "look us suffer and see him sailing".

All in all it is a stir in a cup of tea. It is not corruptism, cronyism, nepotism, fraud, embezzlement, theft, favoritism, clientelism, bribery, abuse, prostitution, adultery, drugs use, whatever. Just an unlucky come-together of events (new boat + pandemic) and a clumsy handling (not able to stop the logistic operation of leaving for Greece when the Government came with a new advice the day before).

It is business as usual again. Yesterday's news on today's cat's litter box.

Nobody is accusing the King of any crime, just of lacking common sense or clumsy handling as you call it. Obviously a lot of people saw it this way, hence the result of the poll. We will see if it is yesterdays news soon and the King continues in this way of handling his affairs in a clumsy way or if he pays attention to the state of mind of his subjects and adapts his behavior, at least in public for image reasons (as he already seems to have started).
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:10 PM
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The King himself apologised for his trip so contrary to some posters here the king himself does seem to understand now why his trip was unwise.

A small correction: the PM did not announce the new Corona measures one day before the king's departure. He announced it on tuesday the 13th while the king left on friday the 16th. As a head of state it would not be abnormal to expect him to somehow have found the posibility to read or listen to the new announcements, especially as they were the main topic in the national press for days.

I agree that it is an insignificant issue if we compare it to other problems in the world, but so are most things. The reaction may have been overblown, not helped by -forseeable- reactions in the political world in The Hague. But it does not change the fact that the king ignored the advice of his own government and prioritised yet another vacation abroad with his new speedboat over the effort against the pandemic.

The trip was indeed legal but the polls suggest that from somebody who was born in great privilege and who is lavishly rewarded to lead a country people expect more than just that.
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:36 PM
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The Dutch king has chosen well with his Wajer 55 https://www.wajer.com/models/wajer-55/

He is supporting Dutch design and Dutch entrepreneurs. The family money is being used for a good investment that will only appreciate in value.
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Old 01-08-2021, 10:24 PM
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It's just a lack of decency and common sense.
If your country man can't travel, neither should the King and his family.
In the middle of a pandenic where thousands of Dutch men and women have lost their jobs due the pandemic, the King goes and buys 2 million Euro speedboat.

Willem-Alexander's actions are "beetje dom".
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Old 01-09-2021, 01:10 AM
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Royals are meant to be role models. They should be who the public can look to for a good example during this. A vacation to play captain of his boat, when his people are in pandemic lock downs, is beyond stupid.

While its great he supported a Dutch company in buying the boat, its perhaps also not the best time to be advertising spending such money on a Luxury.
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Old 01-09-2021, 01:23 AM
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I think most of the posters here hadn't said that their action was illegal (especially after some poster already explained the whole story). However, it violated nothing doesn't mean that it's appropriate, doesn't mean that it doesn't make they look senseless, ignorant and arrogant.

I agree that sometimes royals are being treated too strict, but also I think it's not okay to use "it's legal" to defend their not-so appropriate action. TBH the standard is pretty low if only using legality to judge one's action, whether they're royal or not. I suppose a normal responsible adult has the capability to do more than "not doing illegal thing". Still taking an overseas vacation during the pandemic, may be legal, but also is dumb and irresponsible .
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Old 01-09-2021, 03:35 AM
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It's just a lack of decency and common sense.
If your country man can't travel, neither should the King and his family.
In the middle of a pandenic where thousands of Dutch men and women have lost their jobs due the pandemic, the King goes and buys 2 million Euro speedboat.

Willem-Alexander's actions are "beetje dom".
But all could travel. That was the point. It was an advice to restrict travels when not possible. It was no lock-down. The royal family actually went to a safe "yellow area" where travels to were permitted, plus they did travel with own transportation to an own secluded domain in a safe and not closed area.

All this while lots of Dutch went on holiday (I myself went to Colmar in France with friends) and in the Netherlands the city centres, the IKEA's, the beaches, etc. we're so full that police had to close off and re-direct traffic.

The King and Queen immediately returned and publicly offered their excuse. That was it. Then it was the time of the End-of-the-Year reviews and the traditional stand-up comedian shows with the one joke after the other was fired about this unlucky Autumn break. That is why this episode came back in the end of the year.

It was mainly fed by (social) media and picked up by politicians with a shortage of attention like Lilian Marijnissen (Socialist Party) and Jesse Klaver (GreenLeft) - not coincidentally both leaders under electoral pressure- aiming to damage the quite favourably polling Prime Minister by attacking him for "poor leadership" by not even able to control the Government (the King is a member of Government).

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Royals are meant to be role models. They should be who the public can look to for a good example during this. A vacation to play captain of his boat, when his people are in pandemic lock downs, is beyond stupid.

While its great he supported a Dutch company in buying the boat, its perhaps also not the best time to be advertising spending such money on a Luxury.
I doubt any Dutch sees their King or Queen, or the princes and princesses as a role model. I am a Dutchman and I have never ever seen any Dutch doing something or not doing something because of the royal family. That is so typically un-Dutch, following the royal family...

That is also not at all their existence. The Kings and Queens are the head-of-state by birthright. And that is it. How can any Dutch follow their "role model" without a Golden State Carriage, without a safe stacked with glittering parures, without private estates in Italy, Argentina, Greece, without 600 people working for them, without the planes, jets, helicopters, limousines and SUV's at their disposal?

How to follow a "role model" speaking to us in a 17th C Chinese Salon studded with fabulous artworks? That whole "role model"-thing is in no any job description. Otherwise we all are bribing (Bernhard), deny extramarital children (Albert), evade taxes (Juan Carlos), befriend criminals (Andrew) or bitterly fight each other in public (Charles and Diana).

For so far the "role model" of royals, nipping a cool glass of De Nonancourt bubbling champagne Grand Siècle Rosé Millésimé while watching a concours hippique seated in a royal loge.
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I´ve read in a german magazine today that, besides the things mentioned before, many dutch people prefered the more "royal", a bit more reserved style of the then Queen Beatrix and that the King would compulsionary try to present himself and his family as "common", as people such as you and I - while at the same time being not.
They also claimed, it is criticised that the King was obviously trying to transform the monarchy from a constitutionally relevant institution with a "real" constitutional task into a somewhat mere symbolic, ceremonial royal house. I don´t know of course if this is true - it is just what I have read.
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:22 AM
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"role model" is a matter of definition, i think practically no one in the netherlands thinks or the RF as a role model literally, as in "what they would model their own life to be".

but imo almost everybody thinks the RF should "lead by example" or "have an exemplary function".
If a head of state is not even supposed to lead by example, there is very little reason to have such a head of state.

The fact they issued a public apology means that at least someone in the government of the country realises that what they did was, though not illegal, not setting a good example.

At least they don't downplay the issue themselves, i think we'll see more of the RF this year in an official way (in whichever way covid will allow)
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Old 01-09-2021, 08:18 AM
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The prime minister when he announced the regulations (3 days before the king left) -i.e., advising to only go on necessary trips -, said among other things:

"We have to be stricter to ourselves and stricter in our behavior"
"In addition, I want to say that not everything that is formally allowed, should be done"
"It is up to us, it is up to us all. Don't be that stubborn person who is pushing the boundaries of the rules. Be that realistic Dutch (wo)man who stands up and takes his/her responsibility when it comes down to it. And that is now."

The PM was aware that not everybody would heed his advice, i.e., take his/her responsibility, so did indeed specify that if you were to ignore his advice, a 'yellow' country was preferable over an 'orange country'; so it was a bit of a mixed message.

Nonetheless imho holiday trips cannot be considered necessary; so, anyone going on such a trip is ignoring the advice of the government (most of the year the government worked with 'advice' instead of 'laws' thinking the Dutch might be more rebellious if something was ordered instead of advised; this only changed in December when several formal regulations were implemented) and by doing so not taking the responsibility the PM called for. Of course, the king was not the only one showing irresponsible behavior by ignoring the strong advice of the government to not unnecessarily travel abroad. Nonetheless, there were many others who did take the situation seriously and changed their plans - many of them felt let down.
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Will they have Vacation in Lech this year ?
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