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King Willem-Alexander swaps his crown for a hard hat
Photo: Nathan Reinds/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS

King of the Netherlands visits Rotterdam Ahoy

With less than a month to go until the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Rotterdam Ahoy received a royal visitor.

Who better to check in on the progress of the project than King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands!

King Willem-Alexander joins in with the CelebrationsNathan Reinds/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS

No word as yet on whether he’s #TeamDestiny or a member of ‘the Roop Troop’, but His Royal Highness did praise those working in the venue:

“It is very impressive to see this come together. We can be very proud’ he said, before telling the press that the royal family were looking forward to watching the Contest.

King Willem-Alexander checks out the stageNathan Reinds/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS

On his tour of the venue, the King of the Netherlands got to meet stage designer Florian Wieder, as well as some of the 600 volunteers who will help to make the Eurovision Song Contest happen in the coming weeks.

King Willem-Alexander inspects the venue from top to bottomNathan Reinds/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS

He also got to see how this year the green room is now firmly back in the arena, giving participants the best view of the stage and those massive LED screens.

King Willem-Alexander gets a great view of the stage and green roomNathan Reinds/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS

Royal tour complete, the crew got back to work with the stage construction due to finish on 28 April and stand-in rehearsals to begin shortly after.

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