Princesses Amalia and Alexia stayed in Greece when King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima ended their holiday, the Government Information Service (RVD) confirms Tuesday after reporting from
The two eldest daughters of the royal couple fly home on Tuesday evening.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima had left for Greece on Friday with their three daughters to take a holiday there.
However, there was a lot of commotion about that trip, because earlier that week during the press conference of Minister Hugo de Jonge and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, it was urged not to travel.
On Saturday, the royal family returned to Schiphol on a scheduled flight from KLM, but now it appears that sixteen-year-old Princess Amalia and fifteen-year-old Princess Alexia were left behind.
The reason would be that there were not enough plane tickets back to the Netherlands when the royal family wanted to return.
"This day was deliberately chosen," reports royal family expert Justine Marcella on the basis of contact with the RVD in
"When the tickets turned out to be exhausted, the choice was quickly made to leave Amalia and Alexia in Greece. But the princesses did not go for the next available flight and were allowed to stay in Greece."
On Saturday, Willem-Alexander responded to the controversy surrounding the holiday in Greece.
"We see people's reactions to media reports. And they are intense, and they affect us," he said at the time.
"We do not want to leave any doubts about it: to get the COVID-19 virus under it, it is necessary that the guidelines are followed. The discussion during our holiday does not contribute to that."
Prime Minister Mark Rutte was aware of the vacation plans of King Willem-Alexander, a spokesman for the RVD reported on Friday evening.