The king’s speech: Royal House releases video of the king apologising for Greek holiday

Following outrage both in the parliament and online, King Willem-Alexander has addressed the nation in a video released by the Royal House today. 

The king sits on a sofa next to Queen Máxima as he delivers an apology to the nation. In his speech he concedes that the decision of the royal family to go on holiday to Greece was “very unwise.”

The king takes note of the public’s opinion, saying, “Our trip to Greece has provoked strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us.”

The king goes on to say that the family “feels connected” to all those who are struggling during these times. The video can be seen below.

Much controversy

The royal family have been under attack for the past few days ever since it was discovered that they had flown with a government plane to their villa in Greece. The family left on Friday but the king, queen and youngest princess returned to the Netherlands 24 hours later.

Princess Amalia and Alexia arrived back from Greece yesterday, provoking further criticism.

How do you feel about the royal’s recent trip? Let us know in the comments below! 

Feature Image: Richard Broekhuijzen/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0


Sarah O'Leary
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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