May 4 is a day marked in red on the Dutch calendar, as it is celebrated on Liberation day, the withdrawal of the Nazi army from the country. Every year the Kings William and Maximum they deposit a Crown of flowers in tribute to all the victims of World War II, in a simple ceremony that is followed two minutes of silence which are scrupulously respected. But this year, the pandemic situation has made it an even more sober act, since it has not been attended by the public, which other years did fill the Dam square in the Dutch capital.Before the ceremony itself, we were able to see the Dutch kings arriving at the Royal Palace, located in the center of Amsterdam. Just a few seconds while they entered to check that, as usual, Argentina dressed in rigorous mourning, with the same outfit that he wore in the visit he made to Pope Francis together with her daughters, of whom they have just turned four years old. A set consisting of a blouse and a trompe l’oeil of which the European monarchs like so much, with a design that we would not know to decide whether it is a skirt or pants. Of course, there was no lack of a hat, one of the brands of the house. This time, in felt and also in black.
The Kings of Holland, this Monday in Amsterdam. (EFE)
Of course, more sober and close to protocol, impossible, since he only put a little touch of color with his slopes, made up of diamonds. These are pieces taken from the royal jeweler and we saw on his trip to India, although this time only the upper part was placed. A cape also in black served to protect Máxima from the cold air that flowed through Dam Square, more empty than ever, since the ceremony was only carried out with the kings and some members of the Dutch government, in addition to six photographers, four camera operators and a few journalists. Everyone, without exception, respecting the social distance.
So an act in itself enough solemn and silent, this Monday was even more so. Especially when the testimonies of children and grandchildren of some survivors of the concentration camps were projected, telling their hard and sad story. Especially emotional moments in which Queen Máxima could not prevent her eyes from will fill with tears.
The kings Guillermo and Máxima, depositing the flower wreath in tribute to the victims of World War II. (EFE)