Princesses Amalia and Alexia stayed in Greece when King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima broke off their holiday, the Government Information Service (RVD) confirms on Tuesday RTL Boulevard. The two oldest daughters of the royal couple flew back to the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon and arrived at Paleis Huis ten Bosch around 8.30 pm.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima left for Greece with their three daughters last Friday to spend the holiday there. There was, however, a fuss about the trip, because Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) earlier that week urged Dutch people not to travel unnecessarily during a press conference.
On Saturday, part of the royal family returned to Schiphol on a scheduled flight from KLM. Sixteen-year-old Princess Amalia and 15-year-old Princess Alexia are said to have stayed behind in Greece, because a plane ticket was not available for all members of the family.
“This day was deliberately chosen,” said royal expert Justine Marcella in the broadcast RTL Boulevard. “When the tickets turned out to be exhausted, the choice was quickly made to leave Amalia and Alexia in Greece. But the princesses did not go for the next available flight and were allowed to stay in Greece.”
“We see people’s reactions to media reports. They are intense and they affect us,” said King Willem-Alexander on Saturday in response to the controversy surrounding their holiday. “We do not want to leave any doubts about it: to get the COVID-19 virus under it, it is necessary that the guidelines are adhered to. The discussion about our holiday does not contribute to that.”
Rutte was aware of the king’s holiday plans, the RVD announced on Friday evening. The prime minister said on Sunday that he “realized too late” that the trip to Greece was actually not possible. He said nothing about the princesses being left behind. D66 Member of Parliament Joost Sneller tweets Monday night that the Prime Minister should have.