Just as the Dutch government ordered its population to stay at home as much as possible and ordered its bars and restaurants to close for a month, the tax-funded royal family went off on a vacation to Greece. After a public outburst, they quickly returned home.
The autumn holiday of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to the Greek sun lasted exactly 24 hours. They flew back from Athens after their trip to the Greek holiday villa yesterday caused an unprecedented national outburst of anger.
Willem Alexander and Maxima have since returned to Huis ten Bosch. The royal couple are expected to return with the whole family.
Although the government aircraft, with which the Oranges flew to Greece yesterday, was available all day, the king and queen returned with a “normal” KLM flight. Whether they will spend the rest of the autumn holidays at home at Huis ten Bosch palace in The Hague or elsewhere in the kingdom is not clear. Nor is it clear whether the three daughters of the royal couple traveled to Greece with them. Willem-Alexander and Máxima announced in a statement last night that they will interrupt their holiday.
Because the travel advice for the Greek mainland, where the villa is located, is not on code orange, the trip to Greece could be made strictly formal. At the same time, members of Willem-Alexander’s government are urging the Dutch population to stay at home as much as possible in the fight against the corona virus and especially not to travel abroad if this is not strictly necessary. The fact that the head of that government flew to Greece for a pleasure trip caused fierce reactions throughout the country and in political The Hague.
Prime Minister Rutte, responsible for the actions and statements of members of the Royal Family, will have to explain to the House of Representatives about the royal couple’s desire to travel. He was aware of the King and Queen’s vacation plans beforehand.
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