Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2012

Queen’s speech leaked due to computer fault

THE HAGUE – A government-computer error led to Queen Beatrix's traditional Christmas speech being circulated on Monday, one day earlier than planned.

Viewer Anne Jan Roeleveld was able to download the video after going to the royal family's Website and then changing the date on the Uniform Resource Locater (URL) of the most recent royal video.

"I knew enough when I heard the Queen talking about trust," Roeleveld told news agency ANP.

Earlier on Monday, Dutch government information service RVD said trust would be the theme of this year's Christmas speech.

RVD declined to comment on the leak. Parts of the Dutch government's budget also leaked early in 2011, because of the same mistake.

In this year's speech, the Queen thanked citizens for their support of her and her family since Prince Friso's skiing accident, ANP said. The prince has been in a coma since he was caught in an avalanche while vacationing in the Austrian Alps in February.

Queen Beatrix also called for trust in the rule of law. The rule of law is the basis for a just society, the Queen said.

"Openness and tolerance are an important basis for trust. Through the centuries our society has taken its strength from the presence of people from different cultures and religious backgrounds. Tolerance has made our country strong," said Queen Beatrix.

As occurs every year, the pre-recorded speech was broadcast on Christmas Day, December 25, at 1:00pm local time. The speech was broadcast simultaneously on television, radio and the Internet. A video of Queen Beatrix's Christmas speech can be viewed on YouTube. The speech can also be read in Dutch on Koninklijkhuis.NL.

It was not made public where Queen Beatrix spent Christmas this year. Her oldest son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family are in Argentina to celebrate the holidays with Princess Máxima's family.

On Sunday, Queen Beatrix visited the traditional Christmas circus in Carré theatre in Amsterdam with her other daughters-in-law Mabel and Laurentien and their children.

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