Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima pay their respects at poignant ceremony

Around 20,000 people joined Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima as they attended a poignant ceremony on Saturday to remember the civilians and soldiers who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the Second World War.

The ceremony took place at the Dam Memorial during the annual Remembrance Day service in Amsterdam.

The royals laid a wreath at the National Monument, while watched by large crowds that had gathered to pay their respects. 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several other cabinet members also laid a wreath down, on behalf of the Council of Ministers, with the wreath laying followed by two minutes of silence.

The touching ceremony was preceded by a silent march, which was carried out by Amsterdam primary school children.

In addition to the main service, other events were held throughout the Netherlands with 40 commemorations held in Amsterdam alone.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attend service at the Dam Memorial during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attend service at the Dam Memorial during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attend service at the Dam Memorial during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The royals were joined by a crowd of 20,000 citizens who descended on the square to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers and civilians

The royals were joined by a crowd of 20,000 citizens who descended on the square to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers and civilians

The royals were joined by a crowd of 20,000 citizens who descended on the square to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers and civilians

The ceremony commemorates civilians and Dutch soldiers who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the Second World War

The ceremony commemorates civilians and Dutch soldiers who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the Second World War

The ceremony commemorates civilians and Dutch soldiers who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the Second World War

A large crowd watches Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima placing a wreath at the Dam Memorial for the annual May 4 Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam

A large crowd watches Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima placing a wreath at the Dam Memorial for the annual May 4 Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam

A large crowd watches Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima placing a wreath at the Dam Memorial for the annual May 4 Remembrance Day ceremony in Amsterdam

The wreath laying was followed by two minutes of silence and there were memorial services held throughout the country

The wreath laying was followed by two minutes of silence and there were memorial services held throughout the country

The wreath laying was followed by two minutes of silence and there were memorial services held throughout the country

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave to crowds as they leave following the poignant annual memorial service

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave to crowds as they leave following the poignant annual memorial service

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave to crowds as they leave following the poignant annual memorial service

As well as the royals, members of the government also laid down wreaths, with groups of Amsterdam school children also taking part in a silent march

As well as the royals, members of the government also laid down wreaths, with groups of Amsterdam school children also taking part in a silent march

As well as the royals, members of the government also laid down wreaths, with groups of Amsterdam school children also taking part in a silent march

A line of soldiers salute as they flank the royals walk towards the memorial to place the wreath. Royal fans can be seen straining to get a photo

A line of soldiers salute as they flank the royals walk towards the memorial to place the wreath. Royal fans can be seen straining to get a photo

A line of soldiers salute as they flank the royals walk towards the memorial to place the wreath. Royal fans can be seen straining to get a photo

Stunning photos showed the size of the crowds that had travelled to the national monument to pay their respects to the fallen on Saturday

Stunning photos showed the size of the crowds that had travelled to the national monument to pay their respects to the fallen on Saturday

Stunning photos showed the size of the crowds that had travelled to the national monument to pay their respects to the fallen on Saturday

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