King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have issued a statement on Monday, 16 March 2020 regarding the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands.

Source: The Royal House of the Netherlands

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressed the nation live on television at 7.00 pm about the coronavirus situation, including the government’s measures to prevent further infection.

Healthcare professionals are working all out to combat coronavirus. Our thoughts are with them and their patients, and with everyone in our Kingdom who is under intense pressure at present: business owners worried about their company, teachers working on remote teaching methods, and public leaders doing whatever is necessary. The widespread solidarity is heartwarming, if only because of the many helping hands reaching out to the elderly. Thank you!

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

Official Engagements Cancelled

The Dutch Government has taken a number of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Netherlands, which has affected the Royal Family carrying out official engagements.

  • 13 March: Princess Laurentien opens Neude Library in Utrecht
  • 17 March: Princess Beatrix will attend the Anglo-Netherlands Society Centenary
  • 18 March: Queen Máxima hosting a reception for aldermen of more than 40 municipalities at Noordeinde Palace for the signing of the pact ‘Towards a debt-free Netherlands’ in collaboration with the SchuldenlabNL Foundation. 
  • 20 March: Princess Beatrix to open the exhibition ‘Royal Blue’ in the Kunstmuseum The Hague, paying tribute to ‘Royal Delft’, the blue and white pottery for which the Netherlands is renowned for. 
  • 23 March: Queen Máxima to open the tenth Money Week.
  • 26 March: Queen Máxima to attend National Teachers Day Commercial Education
  • 2 April: Princess Margriet will open a food forest in Apenheul in Apeldoorn.
  • 3 April:  Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will open the exhibition ‘Child of Liberty’ in the National Hiding Museum.
  • 6 April: Koningsdagconcert (King’s Day concert) in Maastricht
  • 8 April: Queen Máxima attends the celebration of the first lustrum of the Foundation in Huize Voordaan in Groenekan.
  • 15 April: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to attend Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s 80th Birthday celebrations, including a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace on Wednesday evening, April 15, and dinner at Fredensborg Palace on Thursday, April 16. Princess Beatrix was planning to be present at the dinner on April 16. 
  • 16 April: King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix to attend a dinner at Fredensborg Palace to celebrate Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s 80th Birthday.
  • 16 April: Princess Margriet reopens the Willem Barentsz Maritime Institute (MIWB) on Terschelling.
  • April 27: Koningsdag 2020 (King’s Day) in Maastricht

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is closed to the public until Sunday, 6 April 2020.

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