Royal attack: Queen’s Day will continue

Next year Queen’s Day will also be celebrated in the traditional way, with a walk-about by the royal family, the Telegraaf reports on Saturday.

Sources within the royal household told the paper queen Beatrix was determined there would be no changes. It is not clear what the impact of this will be on the family’s safety, the paper said.
On Thursday a 38-year-old man drove his black Suzuki car throw the crowd watching the royal motorcade in Apeldoorn, killing six people. He died of his injuries on Friday.
Some 2.4 million people were watching the parade on tv when the attack happened, Nos tv reported on Saturday.
On Friday it emerged that the queen, crown prine Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima would attend the Remembrance Day commemorations in Amsterdam on Monday. The queen has made it clear that public appearances are an integral part of her job, the Telegraaf said.
Senseless crime
The queen will also be in the capital for the annual Liberation Day concert on May 5.
Some changes have been made to the May 4 and May 5 events. ‘We cannot let May 4 and 5 fall apart because of the senseless crime of a single person,’ the festivities director Jan van Kooten told the paper.
American president Barack Obama is among the world leaders who have written to queen Beatrix expressing sympathy for victims of the Apeldoorn attack, the state information service RVD said.
Speculation continued on Saturday about Karst Tate’s motives for the attack. The 38-year-old had recently lost his job and had given up his flat because he could no longer pay the rent.
Neighbours describe him as a polite pleasant man who had become more withdrawn in recent weeks.

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