The King of the Netherlands has apologized for vacationing in Greece during a partial lockdown of the country.
King Willem-Alexander said Wednesday the Dutch royal family regretted going on vacation despite a partial coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands, admitting that it hurts to have betrayed people's trust.
The Dutch king and queen canceled a vacation in their private villa on the Greek peninsula of Peloponnese on Saturday, one day after their departure from Amsterdam by government jet.
The Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima recorded a personal video message on Wednesday in which the King talks about the cancellation of their vacation in Greece
The royal couple returned to the Netherlands on Saturday (see picture) after being criticized for new starting rules
The Dutch king and the Dutch queen took a short vacation in their private villa (picture) on the Greek peninsula of Peloponnese
In a video statement alongside his wife, Queen Maxima, broadcast on Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander admitted that it was "very unwise" to "ignore the impact of the new restrictions on our society".
& # 39; Our trip to Greece generated strong reactions from many Dutch people. It hurts to have betrayed your trust in us, ”said the king.
& # 39; Our own decision to return was made with the realization that we shouldn't have left.
& # 39; We have done our best since the coronavirus began. It is a difficult time for everyone.
& # 39; We are part of it. But we are not infallible. & # 39;
The King, Queen and their youngest daughter Ariane returned on Saturday, while their two oldest daughters Alexia and future Queen Amalia returned on Tuesday, according to public broadcaster NOS.
The trip took place when people were told to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The royal couple with their two eldest daughters, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia. The King, Queen and their youngest daughter Ariane returned on Saturday, while their two oldest daughters Alexia and future Queen Amalia returned on Tuesday, according to public broadcaster NOS
The royal couple said in a statement that they saw the reactions of people "which are intense and touch us".
The couple faced a storm of outrage after the royals' travel plans under the new anti-coronavirus rules leaked and the government urged people to restrict international travel.
The couple left when the Dutch government introduced new lockdown measures that included discouraging unnecessary travel, but they didn't break any rules.
They said, “There is no doubt: to fight the COVID-19 virus, the rules must be followed. The discussion caused by our vacation doesn't add to it. & # 39;
The Dutch government last week ordered all bars, restaurants and cannabis cafes to close for about four weeks in what Prime Minister Mark Rutte described as a "partial lockdown" to curb a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (pictured) admitted on Sunday that he made a "misjudgment" by not preventing the royals from flying to Greece
The Netherlands saw 8,764 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a new daily record as the country struggles to get a grip on one of the highest rates of new infections in Europe.
Rutte also admitted on Sunday that he had made a "wrong assessment" by not preventing the royals from flying to Greece.
In a letter to parliament, he said that he "realized too late" that the holiday "could no longer be reconciled with the increasing infections and stricter measures".
"Although the trip was compliant, it was very unwise not to consider the impact of the new restrictions on our community," said Willem-Alexander.
Although Willem-Alexander is still very popular with the Dutch, he comes at a time when Willem-Alexander is increasingly criticized for being out of touch. The Rutte government recently ordered a review of the annual royal budget.
Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands had to apologize in August after being pictured in a restaurant in Greece without social distancing. Pictured: the Dutch royals with a restaurant employee
The Dutch royals have apologized to Twitter for the August snapshot, stating that the photo was taken on the fly and they believe it is important to follow the guidelines in place to prevent the spread of covid-19
It also put pressure on Rutte over its response to the pandemic, with elections coming up in March.
It is the second time during the pandemic that King Willem-Alexander has been forced to apologize.
Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander responded to a backlash after following social distancing guidelines during their summer vacation in Greece in August.
The Dutch couple, who visited the Greek island of Milos with their daughters Princess Amalia (16), Princess Alexia (15) and Princess Ariane (13), have been criticized for failing to practice guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while on vacation.
A photo uploaded to social media shows Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander posing next to an unidentified restaurant worker less than three feet apart.
They gained weight Twitter at the time to apologize for failing to comply with the 1.5 meter directive imposed by the Netherlands and not wearing face masks.
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