In addition to his political tasks, such as signing laws, making appointments, consulting with the Council of Ministers and reading the Speech from the Throne, the king has less visible tasks. These are, also by himself, described as: binding together, representing and encouraging.
During the commemoration, for example, he connects various population groups that had a hard time in World War II with the rest of society. The king symbolically represents everyone. As a result, all residents commemorate with him, as it were. In this way he encourages everyone to consider what happened in the war.
The recognizable wreath of the royal couple. All wreaths are removed at night to freshen them up and then put them back.
Ⓒ Photo RONALD BAKKER
“I know that you, that you, experience this National Commemoration and that we are standing here together,” said the king last year on the impressively empty Dam. Well before the pandemic broke, it was agreed that he would be the first Orange in history to speak at the commemoration, because of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
“Don’t look away. Not justifying. Do not erase ”, he drew a parallel to abuses in the present time. “Fellow citizens in need felt insufficiently supported, if only with words. Also from London, also through my great-grandmother ”, the king did not want to look away from the criticism of Queen Wilhelmina.
Every year he shows his commitment through the wreath he lays with Queen Máxima. This tribute to the victims is recognizable to every passerby for days afterwards by their crowned initials on the red, white and blue ribbons.
Prior to the corona outbreak, the Dam was full of people every year who did not want to experience the commemoration via TV, but from up close.
Ⓒ Photo ANP
Just like last year, the square in front of the Palace on the Dam was almost deserted. Then it remained with the Royal Couple, their chief military house Ludger Brummelaar, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and Gerdi Verbeet, chairman of the organizing National Committee on 4 and 5 May.
The organization then decided against inviting organizations that represent the war victims on the empty square. On Tuesday, however, more involved people had the opportunity to be there. “There is a small group of guests on Dam Square,” the organizing National Committee on May 4 and 5 announced in advance. “In addition to the wreath layers, speakers and musicians, they are representatives of organizations of various groups of war victims and surviving relatives.”
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