Dutch royal family visits victims of Queens Day attack

May 2nd, 2009 - 10:16 pm ICT by admin  

Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) – Queen Beatrix, along with members of the Dutch royal family, visited victims of the Queens Day attack on Thursday, the Government Information Service said in a press release on Saturday.

The attack happened on Thursday, during the national Queens Day holiday when a 38-year-old man crashed his car through fences, into a large crowd and then slammed into a monument in an attempt to attack a bus carrying the royal family. No one on the bus was injured but six bystanders were killed and several others were injured when they were struck by the speeding car as the royal family watched in disbelief. The attacker was also killed and it is believed to be the first attack on the Dutch royal family in modern time.

Queen Beatrix, Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima, Princess Margriet and her husband, Pieter van Vollenhoven, visited hospitals in Zwolle, Utrecht, Amersfoort, Tilburg and Arnhem on Saturday morning and afternoon. They spoke with victims and their families. The ANP news agency released a photo showing Queen Beatrix leaving a hospital in Zwolle.

The attack was caught on tape and shown on live television as it happened during a national parade. Some of the shocking footage can be found here (reporter footage) and here (live report on NOS Television).
Dutch royal family visits victims of Queens Day attack

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