King Willem-Alexander honours veterans

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King Willem-Alexander honoured veterans on National Veterans’ Day in The Hague.

He was present at the Lange Voorhout to present medals to about 70 veterans. This took place near a former royal palace at the Lange Voorhout, as the usual site is under renovation. Among others, the medals were presented to Dutch military police who did forensic investigation work in Ukraine. Several recipients received a medal from Prime Minister Mark Rutte or Minister of Defense Kajsa Ollongren.

National Veterans’ Day is a tribute to the over 100,000 Dutch veterans who contributed to peace since the Second World War.

Later that day, King Willem-Alexander took the salute at Kneuterdijk. Almost 4000 veterans and present military personnel took part in the march-past. Also included in the march-past was a team of the Invictus Games, which is a sports tournament supported by the Duke of Sussex.

Ahead of the march-past, 18 historical and modern aircraft from the Royal Airforce flew in formation for a fly-past.

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