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Prince pays for drinks again, 33 years after palace pays beer mat bill

Friday 22 February 2013

Prince Willem-Alexander has continued a royal tradition and paid for a round of drinks in a Limburg bar, after a cheeky request from local cafe-goer Foppe ten Broek.

Ten Broek bought a round of drinks at his local bar in Sevenum when queen Beatrix announced her abdication. As they drank to the queen, he told the other patrons about a friend who had bought a round when Beatrix was inaugurated as queen 33 years ago.

After toasting the new queen, the friend wrote a bill on the back of a beer mat and sent it to the royal household, asking for it to be paid. It was.

Ten Broek decided to do the same, and wrote to Willem-Alexander including his bar bill of €97.20 and reminding the prince about the bill of 33 years ago. To his suprise, he received a letter from the prince's private secretary saying 'as a one-off, his royal highness is prepared to refund you the money'.

The letter also stated the original beer mat is still kept in the royal archives.

Read the correspondence

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

nice to know that some one has the money to pay for a beer tab. I can think of better things to spend the money one.

By dee | 22 February 2013 5:33 PM

Nice to read a good story from time to time.
Do you not agree, Dee?

By Jan K. | 23 February 2013 2:42 AM

The headline should read Prince uses tax payer's money to buy alcohol.

By Jason | 23 February 2013 9:52 AM

love it.......ignore Mr. or Mrs Miserable above !!

By jenny | 23 February 2013 6:03 PM

So Dutch......

By Taxedtothemaxxxx | 25 February 2013 11:43 AM

Given the amount of money the royal family receives while budget cuts are happening and taxes remain high, they really ought to do this more often.

By B | 25 February 2013 1:14 PM

I agree with Jan: It IS nice to read these kinds of stories from time to time. It's cute - no need to insult the King for doing a nice gesture. I guess he is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't, eh?

By Stupid | 25 February 2013 8:54 PM

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