Flag tribute for Princess Amalia’s birthday
2 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — From now on government buildings will fly the Dutch flag with orange pennant on the birthday of Princess Catherina-Amalia, the future queen of the Netherlands.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende amended the general flag instructions for government buildings to allow the tribute to begin on her second birthday on Wednesday 7 December.
The Princess – known as Amalia – was not saluted in this way on her first birthday as flags were flying at half-mast following the death of her great-grandfather, Prince Bernhard.
The flag instruction applies to all government buildings and institutions, services and other public organisations under the authority of the central government.
Provincial and municipal councils have been asked to follow the instructions, and the Foreign Ministry has made a similar request of foreign diplomatic missions and international organisations in the Netherlands.
The instruction does not apply to individuals, companies and private organisations, but they may fly the flag and pennant if they wish.
Amalia is the first daughter of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima. The couple have a second daughter, Princess Alexia, who was born on 26 June this year.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Princess Amalia, Dutch royals