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30 April. A pop ballad composed for the Netherlands' new king has been withdrawn as the official anthem

A pop ballad composed for the Netherlands' new king has been withdrawn as the official anthem following ridicule and outcry by thousands of Dutch citizens. Released on Friday, John Ewbank's Koningslied (King's Song) drew 40,000 signatures to an online petition calling for the project to be abandoned.

Koningslied was recorded in preparation for the abdication of the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix, on 30 April. On that day, her son, Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Princess Maxima, will become king and queen. An inauguration committee supervised the process of finding a song to mark the occasion, soliciting lyrics from the public and selecting Ewbank, who was born in Eastleigh, Hampshire, to compose and produce the music.

On Saturday, Ewbank officially withdrew the song from use at the investiture.  


 

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