oranje!

Congrats to the Netherlands, Euro 2017 Champions!

The Netherlands won, 4-2, in front of a home crowd of 28,182 to become the fourth country to win the competition (Germany, Norway, and Sweden the others).

Goal scorers for the Netherlands: Miedema (2), Martens, Spitse. For Denmark, Nadim (pk) and Harder.

Lieke Martens earns Player of the Tournament honors.

What a wonderful interview with Willem-Alexander for his 50th birthday!

Some things we learned(I am not a translator so not everything is perfect but I did my best)
-where they currently live the downstairs is for work and the family lives upstairs, in the residence thats currently being built it will be the other way around
-in the downstairs library there is a bronze statue of him as a toddler, made by his mum. There is also a small bronze statue of his mum by her sculpting teacher, a typical stance where she is pushing her hair back by using her sleeve because her hands are covered in wax
-he started to realise that something was different when he was about 3-5
-the other children at school weren’t really impressed, their parents were
-he didn’t watch tv till about 12 and then he bingewatched. Maxima had a similar upbringing. To avoid kids finding out he would quiz some kids about last nights tv before the break at school so he could join in the conversation after the break
-when the family moved to the Hague he got made fun of because of his accent, he then started studying characters from a dutch tv show until he could imitate their accent properly and fit in at school
-with three boys only 2.5 years apart there was a lot of discussion and he learned to be very ad rem
-it was hard for him going through puberty, he wanted to rebel and said that as a boy he wanted to rebel against his father but because Prince Claus was going through a heavy depression at the time their was nothing to rebel against, nothing to bounce back his comments. His mum was a new queen at that time.
-he therefore wanted to finish his secondary school abroad which he says shaped him
-he also very much values his military years and said without the discipline&experience he gained there university would have been very different
-he thinks its healthy to have had doubts about his role, because if you peel back the layers of why you don’t want to do it makes you realise why you do(its a good foundation)
-he encourages Amalia to do the same, he also urges her to make mistakes, preferably out of the public eye, and learn
-his protection officers never told on him to his parents, and he encourages his daughters protection officers to do the same. As long as they are safe he does not care and feels they need the freedom
-he met Nelson Mandela when he popped round to his granddads to say hello and MrMandela was there. Nelson Mandela also invited himself to W-A&Maxima’s wedding, was told three weeks before by staff that they had cancelled it because he had to do something else and Mandela was like ‘that can be the next weekend, I’m going to my friends wedding’ and so three weeks before it was fully arranged
-the princesses got a mobile when they were ten, each a hand me down. The plan is not during holidays and at in the evening but that doesn’t always happen
-when asked to be a member of the International Olympic Committee he was sure his father, who was a German and wanted to do nothing to do with the olympics because he felt bad that the Germans failed to protect the Israeli team in 72, would say no but Prince Claus actually encouraged him to take the role
-Prince Claus felt guilty about the Holocaust till the day he died. He wasn’t involved but felt that he as a German was partly responsible. He also didn’t want people to compare the Holocaust to things like Pol Pot
-in just a couple of years they went from being a family of five to losing their father, all three sons married and 3 grandchildren
-Though brother Friso live away in London and shunned the public Dutch life, he could be a harsh but honest critic, something Alexander did not realise he missed until it was gone
-he didn’t feel it was hard to mourn in public after the death of Friso, but felt the public support gave him a lot of strength
-it was hard to see how it affected his mother, and he realised he had been reckless himself(driving too fast for instance)
-after the MH17 plane was shot down the families and loved ones of those who died felt he knew what they were going through because he’d lost his brother the year before.
-when there was a ceremony when the first plane with remains arrived the dignitaries where seated in one place and the families were seated to the side, he felt that there was a difference just days before they were together, so he and Maxima decided to bow to them
-Maxima means everything to him, they’ve only been together for 18 years and he hopes for many more. He can ask her opinion, she can be critical, but also very caring and forgiving when he’s having a bit of a sulk sometimes. It gives him great happiness that she wants to share her life with him