Queen's Day celebrations should remain open: Prince

4th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Prince Constantijn said the failed attack on the Dutch royal family should not result in the end of the traditional celebrations where the royal family can mingle freely with its people.

THE NETHERLANDS – Queen's Day should keep its open character, said Dutch Prince Constantijn at the prize-giving of the World Press Photo exhibition.

Queen Beatrix's third and youngest son said everyone in the royal family is dealing with the tragedy in his or her own way after witnessing the failed attack on the royal family in Apeldoorn on Queen’s Day.

On Thursday, a man tried to ram his car into the Dutch royal family, killing six onlookers at a parade. The man, who is believed to be operating alone, is said to have acted out of desperation as he had lost his job and was about to lose his home.

The prince’s views echoed that of former prime minister Ruud Lubbers who said earlier the failed attack should not result in the end of the Queen's Day celebrations.

On the television programme Buitenhof, Lubbers went on to suggest that the succession to the throne would be an opportune moment to turn a page and involve fewer members of the royal family in events such as Queen's Day.

In doing so he echoed the chairperson of the Society of Orange Committees, Michiel Zonnevylle, who stated in de Volkskrant on 30 April that arranging security for all 45 members of the royal family in one town was a huge problem for Orange Committee volunteers.

Zonnevylle suggested holding a concert on the eve of Queen's day for the royal family after the succession. Security can be easily tightened as compared to securing a route several kilometres long lined by spectators.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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