The usual and spontaneous smile is the signature and hallmark of theQueen MaximaBut this week he has experienced a painful, inevitable situation and it was through an act with hints of historical reparation against a suffering country like Indonesia where the Netherlands has been responsible for many lost lives.
After impacting everyone with her unique and elegant styling, combining retro garments with accessories of a real royal, the smile disappeared from theQueen Maximawhen I accompanied theKing williamfor the actions of the Dutch Army during the War of Independence of its former colony between 1945 and 1949.
“In keeping with the previous statements of my Government, I would like to express my regret and apologize for the excessive violence by the Dutch in those years,” said King Guillermo accompanied by theQueen MaximaVisibly dismayed by the events that occurred.
King William and theQueen MaximaThey were received by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, at the Bogor Palace: after disinfecting his hands with gel alcohol in the face of fears of the coronavirus, Guillermo deepened his speech of forgiveness: “I ask for forgiveness with full awareness of the pain and the pain that affected families continue to suffer today. “
The Government of the Netherlands had formally apologized to the relatives of those who died on the Island of Java in 1947 by the then colonial Army in the struggle for the independence of Indonesia. More than 200 Indonesians died in Clebes and another 430 in the village of Balongsari. King William and theQueen MaximaThey have expressed their apologies after the complaints to the UN and the null condemns any Dutch soldier.
The Dutch state was ordered to pay € 20,000 compensation to each plaintiff victim of the actions of the Dutch army. The Netherlands transferred the compensation money to the lawyers to distribute it among the victims, but a gesture like that made by King William and theQueen Maxima.
It is a facet of theQueen Maximathat he has not stopped showing during his visit to Auschwitz 75 years after the Holocaust or in the death of his father or sister. The Queen does not hide her emotions in difficult times that contrast with the good times experienced during her extensive tour of Southeast Asia. It is a tour that ends this Friday.