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Attack on Dutch Queen LIVE on TV (subtitled) - Queensday 2009 - ) .. Aanslag Koninginnedag 2009


From the Daily Mirror in the United Kingdom

This is the horrific moment a crazed driver ploughs into spectators as he tries to attack the Dutch royal family yesterday.

Five people were killed and 13 injured when he hurtled at high speed towards an open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix.

Witnesses said the maniac deliberately targeted the royals after crashing through a police cordon, sending terrified bystanders flying through the air.

The drama ended when he smashed his car into a statue just feet away from the bus carrying Beatrix and her family during the popular Queen's Day celebrations.

Local journalist Peter von de Vorst saw the horror. He said: "It was a really nice day. Then you hear a bang and see people flying through the air. This must be a joke or a strange prank. Then, suddenly, panic, and that's when you realise something terrible has happened."

Queen Beatrix later told the country: "What began as a great day has ended in a terrible tragedy that has shocked us all deeply."

None of the royal party was hurt in the attempted attack at Apeldoorn, 60 miles south-east of Amsterdam.


But Dutch TV footage showed a stunned Crown Prince Willem- Alexander and wife Princess Maxima watching the drama.

Princess Maxima held her hand over her mouth in horror.

Police found the driver, a 38-year-old Dutch man not known to them, slumped at his wheel and covered in blood after the smash.

He was taken to hospital where he later died. Detectives who searched the Suzuki car ruled out terrorism.

Queen's Day celebrations around the rest of Holland were cancelled after the tragedy.


Just another example of the hatred of Royals around the world.

May God defend Queen Beatrix and her family.

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny