King Willem-Alexander is also charmed by flowers. During his maiden speech to the European Parliament in Brussels, he had many inspiring words. He talked about the European bouquet with Spanish, French, Greek, Danish, German, Austrian, Croatian, Dutch, Hungarian and British flowers.
In his speech he emphasised the importance of the European collaboration. "Especially because we believe in our values and in our common tradition."
The king was talking on the occasion of the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union. He said that the European bouquet is not complete without the English rose. With this metaphor he made it clear that the British must remain in the European Parliament.
His literal words were: "Europe is united in its diversity. Everyone's contribution is essential. The European bouquet is not complete without the Spanish carnation, the French fleur-de-lys, the Greek acanthus, the Danish marguerite, the German cornflower, the Austrian edelweiss, the Croatian iris and the Dutch and Hungarian tulips. And not without the English rose."