Dutch royal family sends special message to health care workers during coronavirus pandemic

By Heather Cichowski

The Dutch Royal Family took to social media on March 17 to express their gratitude and support for health care workers and everyone working to keep the Netherlands functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

A video clip of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima and their three teenage daughters, Princess Amalia, 16, Princess Alexia, 14, and Princess Ariane, 12, was shared on the official Instagram account of the Royal House of the Netherlands, Koninklijk Huis.

The Dutch royals are seen clapping their hands and cymbals on a balcony of the Paleis Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands at night. After their thankful applause, Willem-Alexander says a few words in Dutch.

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"Applause from King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane to all health care workers, aid workers and everyone who keeps our country running, to support them in their fight against the coronavirus and their commitment to the health of everyone in the Netherlands," the caption, translated from Dutch, reads.

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Commenters are showing their support for the tireless workers who are battling COVID-19 by responding with heart and clapping hand emojis.

There were 1,705 coronavirus cases in the Netherlands as of this writing, according to the World Health Organization.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a televised speech on March 16 in which he announced closures of several places, including schools, restaurants and cafes. He also praised the nation and encouraged togetherness.

"All the other people who have stayed at their posts in schools, childcare centres, public transport, supermarkets and elsewhere, I want to say: you are doing a fantastic job – thank you very, very much," he said.

"I would like to close with an appeal to you all. Despite all the uncertainty, one thing is perfectly clear: The challenge we face is enormous, and all 17 million of us will have to work together to overcome it.

"Together we will get through this difficult period.

"Take care of each other.

"I'm counting on you. Thank you."

Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander with Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and his wife Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas at Kraton Yogyakarta Palace in Yogyakarta earlier this month. Photo: © Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Máxima and Willem-Alexander recently returned from a royal tour of Indonesia. They touched down in Jakarta on March 9, and had a few busy days of touring. The intention of the engagement was to deepen relationships between the two countries.

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