Netherlands: Threatened, Crown Princess Amalia leaves only to go to university

Crown Princess Amalia of the Netherlands is currently seeing increased security measures around her person. She only goes out to go to school and returns to live with her parents.


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Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, 18, has been forced to live with her parents instead of her student accommodation in Amsterdam due to threats and is only moving out to attend university, the royal family said on Thursday.


Security measures around the princess have recently been significantly beefed up, as authorities fear a kidnapping or attempted attack. The situation is “very difficult,” King Willem-Alexander told a press conference during a state visit to Sweden.

According to Queen Máxima, the threats surrounding the princess – who is in her first year of a bachelor’s degree in politics, psychology, law and economics (PBLE) – are having “major consequences” on her life.

“She doesn’t come out of the house. I mean she doesn’t live in Amsterdam, she can’t go out. The consequences are very difficult for her,” said the queen, visibly moved.

“It’s not a student life for her,” said the royal couple, who live in The Hague. Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the situation as “terrible” and said he was “very concerned”, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported.

“I can guarantee you that our security services are working hard day and night to ensure his safety,” Justice and Security Minister Dylan Yesilkos-Jejerius said on Twitter. Popular Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported in September that security around the princess had been beefed up due to an underworld threat targeting the prime minister.


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