Wednesday 21 October 2020

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands's Greek Holiday Apology - English Translation

With a heavy heart, I speak to you.

Our trip to Greece has provoked strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us.

Even though the trip was in line with the regulations, it was very unwise not to consider the impact of the new restrictions on our society.

Our own decision to return was made with the realization that we should not have gone.

From the start of the Coronavirus crisis, we have done our best - within the limits of the corona policy - to find space and to be there as much as possible for everyone who is looking for support in uncertain times.

It is a difficult time for everyone. A time of loss, limitations, and worries. Of fear, anger, and insecurity too. We have heard the moving stories in many meetings, in person, and digital. We feel connected with you and with all those people who have been directly or indirectly affected.

We will continue to work with you to get the Coronavirus under control. So that everyone in our country can then resume normal life as soon as possible.

That is now the most important thing and we will continue to do so, to the best of our ability.

We are involved. But not infallible.