Do what I say, but not what I do? For a few hours now, the Dutch royal family has been at the heart of a lively controversy. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, the government has asked residents not to go on vacation during their fall break. A clear instruction, which the Crown did not respect. This Friday, October 16 in the afternoon, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima left the Netherlands to fly … to Greece, where they have a second home. Quickly targets of virulent criticism, the royal couple made a big decision to put an end to the controversy. “We are going to interrupt our vacation. We are seeing the reactions of people following the announcement in the media. They are virulent and they affect us,” they said in a statement released in the evening.
“We do not want to leave any doubt about this: to contain the Covid-19 virus, it is necessary that the guidelines be followed. The discussion about our vacation does not help,” concluded the Dutch monarch, who therefore jumped on his plane to return to the Netherlands. A few hours later, King Willem, his wife Queen Maxima and their daughters, Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane, therefore landed in Amsterdam. The family had wanted to go to their vacation home on the Peloponnese peninsula. However, the Netherlands has recently become a risk zone again and partial containment has been imposed. “You can go on vacation, but then go to where you booked your chalet or hotel room and not move,” the prime minister said. If you are going abroad, your options are limited because there are few countries that can receive us. “
Already pinned in the midst of an epidemic
And this is not the first time that the royal couple has suffered a lively controversy during the coronavirus pandemic. This summer, while taking advantage of their holidays in Greece, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima had been singled out for failing to comply with health measures. At the time, they had been photographed next to a restaurant without observing the regulatory distance meter. “In the spontaneity of the moment, we didn’t pay much attention to this,” the royal couple said in response to the commotion that followed. “Of course we should have done this. Because playing by the rules against the coronavirus is also essential on vacation to avoid contracting the virus. ” Back in the Netherlands, they will try to make people forget the controversy.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands © Royalportraits