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Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. During the celebration, special attention is paid to the liberation of the southern Netherlands and the Battle of the Scheldt
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The Dutch and Belgian royal families came together today to commemorate the Battle of the Scheldt 75 years ago, which marked the turning point of the Second World War and led to the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The battle saw Allied forces open a shipping route to Antwerp, allowing the port to be used to supply allied forces in northwestern Europe – a crucial step for the liberation.

King Willem-Alexander started the event today in the presence of 700 guests from all over the world, and was accompanied by Queen Maxima, the Belgian King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The service begins a year of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but today focused mainly on the liberation of the southern part of the country.

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Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. During the celebration, special attention is paid to the liberation of the southern Netherlands and the Battle of the Scheldt

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. During the celebration, special attention is paid to the liberation of the southern Netherlands and the Battle of the Scheldt

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Mark Rutte during the 75th anniversary of the liberation during the Second World War in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. In the presence of 700 international guests, they take part in a spectacle of testimonies and evocations for the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Mark Rutte during the 75th anniversary of the liberation during the Second World War in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. In the presence of 700 international guests, they take part in a spectacle of testimonies and evocations for the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Mark Rutte during the 75th anniversary of the liberation during the Second World War in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. In the presence of 700 international guests, they take part in a spectacle of testimonies and evocations for the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt

The battle saw allied troops open a shipping route to Antwerp, allowing the port to be used to supply allied troops in northwestern Europe - a movement that was crucial for the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands

The battle saw allied troops open a shipping route to Antwerp, allowing the port to be used to supply allied troops in northwestern Europe - a movement that was crucial for the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands

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The battle saw allied troops open a shipping route to Antwerp, allowing the port to be used to supply allied troops in northwestern Europe – a movement that was crucial for the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands

At the invitation of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are taking part in the commemoration of the Battle of the Scheldt today, where guests from all over the world were invited

At the invitation of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are taking part in the commemoration of the Battle of the Scheldt today, where guests from all over the world were invited

At the invitation of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are taking part in the commemoration of the Battle of the Scheldt today, where guests from all over the world were invited

The two kings invited veterans from different countries to mark the year of the festivities by ringing a buoy. A naval parade closes the ceremony

The two kings invited veterans from different countries to mark the year of the festivities by ringing a buoy. A naval parade closes the ceremony

The two kings invited veterans from different countries to mark the year of the festivities by ringing a buoy. A naval parade closes the ceremony

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands sounds a bell when he attends the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands
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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands sounds a bell when he attends the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands sounds a bell when he attends the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

Eight veterans, who came from Poland, America, Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands and who helped liberate the Netherlands during the Second World War, were central on Saturday.

They received a standing ovation when the royal family and the hundreds of people present thanked them for their role in the Battle of the Scheldt.

An international fleet, consisting of 11 naval ships, also fired a series of shots over the Westerschelde estuary in honor of both the veterans present and the 10,000 soldiers and civilians who died in the offensive.

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This was followed by King Willem-Alexander who sounded on the same bell that sounded in 1944 to say that the passage to Antwerp was free.

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde during today's ceremony. The service begins a year of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but today focused mainly on the liberation of the southern part of the country

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde during today's ceremony. The service begins a year of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but today focused mainly on the liberation of the southern part of the country

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde during today's ceremony. The service begins a year of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but today focused mainly on the liberation of the southern part of the country

An international fleet, consisting of 11 naval ships, also fired a number of shots over the Westerschelde estuary in honor of both the veterans present and the 10,000 soldiers and civilians who died

An international fleet, consisting of 11 naval ships, also fired a number of shots over the Westerschelde estuary in honor of both the veterans present and the 10,000 soldiers and civilians who died

An international fleet, consisting of 11 naval ships, also fired a number of shots over the Westerschelde estuary in honor of both the veterans present and the 10,000 soldiers and civilians who died

King Willem-Alexander later sounded the same bell that sounded in 1944 to say that the passage to Antwerp was free
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King Willem-Alexander later sounded the same bell that sounded in 1944 to say that the passage to Antwerp was free

King Willem-Alexander later sounded the same bell that sounded in 1944 to say that the passage to Antwerp was free

The festivities will continue until the fall of 2020, to celebrate 75 years since the launch of the United Nations.

Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

British veteran Roy Maxwell, who fought for the 4th Command & # 39; s in the Battle of the Scheldt, was also greeted by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima during the celebration.

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The American ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said: & # 39; We have had 75 years of freedom and prosperity & # 39 ;, said the ambassador. & # 39; We want to continue for another 75 years. & # 39;

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde celebrate the start of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were present at the event today. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were present at the event today. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were present at the event today. Among the veterans was Max Wolff, 93, who as a teenager was an interpreter for Allied forces who were part of the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The American ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said: & # 39; We have had 75 years of freedom and prosperity & # 39 ;, said the ambassador. & # 39; We want to continue for 75 years & # 39;
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The American ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said: & # 39; We have had 75 years of freedom and prosperity & # 39 ;, said the ambassador. & # 39; We want to continue for 75 years & # 39;

The American ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said: & # 39; We have had 75 years of freedom and prosperity & # 39 ;, said the ambassador. & # 39; We want to continue for 75 years & # 39;

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