On Friday, King William-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands flew to Greece by government plane to vacation at the couple’s villa (private villa in southern Greece) in the Peloponnese but cut short their vacation short after only a one-day stay in Greece because the couple are criticized for traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. William-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, apologized during a previous vacation in Greece in August after a photo was posted showing them violating social distancing guidelines on the island of Milos.
Though the king’s vacation in Greece did not break any of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules, including new restrictions introduced this week amid one of Europe’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks, the government has discouraged unnecessary travel.
“You can go on vacation, but then go to the place where you’ve booked your cottage or hotel room and don’t move around,” the prime minister said. “If you do go abroad, well your options are limited as there are few countries that want to have us anymore.”
“We have seen the reactions of the people to the media reports,” they said in a joint statement. “We don’t want to leave any shadow over the need to follow the instructions to bring the coronavirus under control.” The discussion about our vacation doesn’t help, ”the couple said.