King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix took front row seats at the funeral held for Queen Elizabeth of England at Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday.
Ten days after Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96, it was attended by the Dutch royal family, as well as many other kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers.
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Royal expert Peter Klein Beenink told the Telegraaf that the Dutch family was given a very prominent position in front of flag-draped coffins, a sign that the two families had a close relationship. He said it was for a reason.
Former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix, abdicated by her son in 2013 at the age of 75, often crossed the Channel incognito to have lunch or dinner with Elizabeth, Klein Beenink said.
A black mourning flag was hoisted above the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague in honor of the Queen of England, who visited Holland several times during her 70-year reign.
Vandaag vindt de uitvaart van Koningin Elizabeth II plaats. Op Paleis Noordeinde is de rouwimpel gehesen. De Koning, Koningin Máxima en Princes Beatrix zijn bij de uitvaartplechtigheid aanwezig. pic.twitter.com/rvnULpWKwa
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The Dutch royal family will also attend a much smaller ceremony at Windsor Castle later on Monday, broadcaster NOS said.
The British embassy and consulate in The Hague was closed on Monday, the UK bank holiday, but dozens of supporters left flowers outside the building.
More than 2,000 people, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte, signed a letter of condolence There are also books that can be signed at embassies and at Anglican churches scattered across the country.
For example, the Church of England book in the Kinder Heissingel in Haarlem will be published in the next few weeks.
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