Thursday, 30 April 2009

Four killed in attack directed at Queen Beatrix

During the celebrations of the Dutch national holiday, Queen's Day, in Apeldoorn today four people were killed when a 38-year-old man drove his car at great speed towards an open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix and members of her family. The car narrowly missed the royal bus and crashed into a monument to Queen Wilhelmina, killing four and injuring thirteen. A Dutch public prosecutor later said it was a deliberate attack directed at the Queen.
Queen's Day is celebrated annually on the anniversary of the birth of the late Queen Juliana. Queen Juliana, the present Queen's mother, would have turned 100 today.

A video of the attack:

Articles on the attack in The Guardian and The Times:

1 comment:

  1. The death toll has now risen to five, one of those seriously injured having died in hospital.


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