Prince Philip of the United Kingdom walking in the funeral procession of King Paul of Greece. 1964.
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Guests arriving at George’s birthday party
Happy first birthday to the world’s most adorable little prince, Prince George of Cambridge!
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.We’d like to take this opportunity on George’s first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them both home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Today a large gathering took place of families of the victims of the air disaster in eastern Ukraine. My wife and I were among those present. We were deeply touched by the moving, personal accounts of those who have lost loved ones. People whose lives are in ruins. Their sorrow, their feeling of powerlessness and their despair are heartrending. Many people said to us, ‘We at least want to take dignified leave of our loved ones’.
We understand their frustration and their pain. And we share their heartfelt wish for clarity on the cause of this disaster.
We know that their loss can never be made good. Their grief is immense. The only thing we could do today was to be with them, and listen to what they had to say.
In the last few days, people have gathered together all over the Netherlands, and they will go on doing so. In offices, schools, sports clubs and living rooms across the country. People are there for one another.
And that is especially important now, at a time of great trial for our country, when so many people are overwhelmed by grief. It is important that we hold onto one another, that we support each other and do what we can to help. And that we open our hearts to anyone who wants to share their story. Not only now, but also in the months and years to come.
I would like to express my appreciation for all the people who are rallying around those affected by the disaster. Relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues: you are all very much needed now.
I would also like to say how much I value the work being done by the hundreds of professionals involved in carrying out the many sad and difficult tasks that need to be done.
My wife and I sympathise deeply with all those who have been bereaved. We are with them in our thoughts. These sentiments are shared by my mother and by the other members of my family, who feel a particularly close bond with our country in these dark days."
Brief statement by His Majesty the King after the gathering of next of kin of the air disaster victims on Monday, 21 July 2014, Nieuwegein
Source: Koninklijk Huis
It is so disgusting what happening right now, it one thing to kill these innocent people, it is a whole different level to disrespect their bodies and belongings the way they have.
Dutch Anger Swells at Treatment of Ukraine Bodies
It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger.
The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of loved ones have been treated in Ukraine and the fact they have not yet been returned home, four days after Thursday’s tragedy.
It’s time for The Netherlands to man up to Russia
Dutch King Willem-Alexander Monday expressed his condolences and shared the grief of the relatives of the victims of the Malaysian plane crash in eastern Ukraine during a speech on national television and radio.
The king addressed the Dutch people after he and his wife Queen Maxima held a closed door meeting with relatives in Nieuwegein, a city in the province of Utrecht.
The disaster cost the lives of 193 Dutch citizens from all over the country.
We are deeply touched by the poignant personal stories, the king said in his address.
Their grief, their desperation, their impotence and desperation cut through the soul. We understand the frustration and share your grief. And we share the fervent desire for clarity on the cause of this disaster, he said
We cannot make up for the victims… This scar will continue to be felt in the length of years. The only thing we can do is listen and support. All over the country people gather to support.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also attended the meeting and gave a statement afterwards.
There is so much sorrow, Rutte said. I’ve spoken to people who have lost sometimes three, sometimes four people.
The Netherlands feels the anger and deep sorrow, Rutte concluded. The whole country stands behind the relatives.
get to know me meme (royalist edition) || (1/15) memorable royal moments: King Christian X of Denmark being a national symbol during World War II
In 1940, Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany, and unlike his European colleagues – his brother, King Haakon VII of Norway; and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, King Christian X of Denmark chose not to go into exile. Though the country was occupied, he was adamant to be seen as a man of “mental resistance” to the Danes. The King – unaccompanied by any guards – took his horse, Jubilee, for a daily ride through the streets of Copenhagen. The Danes would wave at their king, or doff their hats, and he would salute back. The majority of the Danes saw this image of their ageing King riding through the streets of the capital as heroic and a symbol of national independence and resistance.
In 1942, when Christian X turned seventy-two, Adolf Hitler sent him – a man whose country he had invaded – a long telegram congratulating him. In return, he replied with a mere “Spreche Meinen beste Dank aus. Chr. Rex (Giving my best thanks, King Christian)”. This greatly enraged Hitler and caused a dispute known as the Telegram Crisis.Though the Star of David badge was never introduced in Denmark, the King mentioned that if it ever was, he would encourage every Dane to wear it in sympathy with the Jewish Danes. When the Nazis wanted to replace the Danish flag on the top of his residence, Amalienborg Palace, with a Nazi rag, the King was very aggravated and said that should they do so, he would send a Danish soldier to replace it with the Danish flag. The Nazis then replied that they would shoot said soldier, to which Christian X answered “That Danish soldier would be me”. And so the Danish flag stayed in place all-through the war.
Christian continued his daily rides till a fall from his beloved horse on 19 October 1942, left him more or less invalid for the rest of his reign. He died on 20 April 1947, but to this day he remains known as “Rytterkongen" (The Riding King) in Denmark (+more).
The future king