Wearing silver-laced kippah, new Dutch king visits Amsterdam Jews
Visit comes less than three months after King Willem-Alexander’s coronation, in which he replaced his mother, Queen Beatrix.The visit by Willem-Alexander to the representative organ of the city’s Jewish community, known by the Dutch acronym NIHS, came less than three months after his coronation, in which he replaced his mother, Queen Beatrix.
Dutch media reported in April that some Jews were upset because Beatrix’s official farewell party is scheduled to take place in Rotterdam on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Beatrix last visited the NIHS offices in 2010.
Willem-Alexander, 46, toured the NIHS offices with his Argentine-born wife, Queen Maxima, while wearing a blue yarmulke laced with silver threads. The royal couple also entered the nearby synagogue on Jacob Obrecht Square. They met with Jewish teachers, representatives and rabbis, according to the AD daily.