Thursday , August 11 2022

Beau Monde | Commemorating the dead: a royal couple dying on the Dam


Very rarely it was so cold during National Remembrance Day. Not only was the public shaking, it was also a color for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Everywhere in the Netherlands, two minutes silence was held at 8 am, including Dam Square in Amsterdam. The familiar program was completed there: from 19:00 short ceremonies in the Nieuwe Kerk, including the May 4 lecture, given this year by Diederik van Vleuten.

Just before eight o'clock, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima left the church and walked through a veteran guard to the monument on the Dam.

A short lecture was given, after which the royal couple placed a wreath at the monument on behalf of all Dutch citizens. Then the sign of the tattoo that the two minute silence announces the Death and then the Wilhelmus and the rest of the program.

What is that tattoo?

The command "Tap!" ('Close the beer tap') It was used in barracks to make it clear that the day is over and it's probably being blowing since the beginning of the seventeenth century. The Taptoe signal has built a strong ceremonial tradition over the years and is an unmistakable companion of memorials and burials with military honor.

Photos © ANP, Royal Family, source: Committee 4 & 5 May.

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