At first Queen Beatrix hesitated. She didn't want to be caught red handed, with a smoking gun. She wasn't sure how to use the gun, and declined the offer to start the 25th Palace Relay, connecting Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn with the former royal residence Soestdijk Palace, some 70 kilometers away.
In one of the Dutch teams, of the Royal Military Police ("Koninklijke Marechaussee") ran Prince Pieter-Christiaan, son of Beatrix' younger sister Princess Margriet. He is employed by the Marechaussee and works in Den Haag. His aunt gave him a warm welcome.
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