Today’s annual Summer photo shoot for the Dutch Royal Family has been cancelled. Instead of smiles, the royals swap poses for a somber day mourning with the rest of the world the loss of those aboard the flight that was shot down yesterday, killing all 295 passengers and crew. The flight originated out of Amsterdam, meaning there was a large amount of Dutch nationals aboard, at least 173.
King Willem-Alexander said today in a released statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the terrible news about the crash of flight MH17 over Ukrainian territory.
Like the rest of the Netherlands my wife and I follow the news closely and we hope that soon more becomes clear.
We sympathize intensely with family , friends, colleagues and acquaintances of the victims and those who are still uncertain whether their loved ones were on board the aircraft.”
Other Royals, including Belgian, and British, have expressed their condolences, as well.
Queen Maxima, King Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Mary, and Crown Prince Frederik gather at Fredensborg Palace for the celebration for Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday, April 16, 2010.
Queen Beatrix’s three sons, Princes Constantijn, Friso and Willem-Alexander, in the Italian Porto Ercole during the Summer of 1973.
After Prince William’s latest announcement regarding his career now that he is officially retired from the RAF, and with the upcoming book about the lives of RAF wives and Kate’s foreward, I thought it’d be a great time to recap some royals in the military. (Click the photo for the caption.)
“The King performed his military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987. … After graduating in 1993, King Willem-Alexander gained his Military Pilot’s Licence with 334 Transport Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In 1994 the King spent several months at the Netherlands Defence College, studying aspects of the work of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force.” – nlembassy.org
Crown Princess Mette-Marit: Basic Training for the Norwegian Civil Defense in 2009.
Crown Princess Victoria: Basic military Training at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre in 2003.
“Commander of the General Land Army Corps (Infantry), Lieutenant Commander in the General Navy and Commander of the General Air Force. He is also a helicopter pilot (qualified for instrument flight in Air Force Squadron 402) and has his Helicopter Pilot’s Wings for both the Land Army and the Navy.”-TRF
“Prince Carl Philip completed his military service with the Amphibious Battalion of Vaxholm’s Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander (combat boat 90). … Prince Carl Philip became a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Swedish Navy and went on to become a Lieutenant in December 2004.” – kungahuset.se
“The Prince of Wales currently holds the ranks of Admiral in the Royal Navy, Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force and General in the Army.” – royal.gov.uk
“Prince Joachim began his military education in 1987 as a recruit in the Queen’s Own Regiment. In 1988 the prince became a sergeant, and a year later, a lieutenant of the reserve. Prince Joachim served as a platoon commander of a tank squadron from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 the Prince gained the rank of first lieutenant of the reserve, and in 1992 he was appointed Captain of the reserve. After appointment to Major of the reserve in 2005, the Prince remains active in the defence reserve.” – http://theroyalfamilies.wikia.com
Crown Princess Mary began basic military training in 2008, and in 2009 was made a lieutenant in the Home Guard.
“In April 2004, the Crown Prince was appointed as a commander, senior grade in the navy, lieutenant colonel in the army and lieutenant colonel in the air force. Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence.” -kongehuset.dk
“Prince Harry, who has the rank of Captain, continues to serve in the Armed Forces… Prince Harry remains a Commissioned Officer in the Household Cavalry.” – princehenryofwales.org
“In his military life, The Duke is known as Flight Lieutenant William Wales.” – royal.gov.uk
Princess Marie: Basic Training with the Civil Defense in 2011
Do you think Kate will follow suit of the other Crown Princesses and do basic training?
Princess Beatrix* poses with her six-month-old son, Prince Willem-Alexander*.
His Majesty celebrated his 46th birthday on April 26 with his nation, who had the day off in honor of ‘King’s Day.’
*Now she is the former Queen of the Netherlands since abdicating last August, passing the throne to her son, who is *now King Willem-Alexander.