She asked me if I could show them around The Hague as she had previous commitments for that day and so I did. I took them to the Houses of Parliament, we visited Panorama Message, the Prisoner's Gate, Scheveningen and we ended the day at the main square in The Hague (Plein) and sat down at one of the terraces.
While we were enjoying a drink, our prime-minister of the time, sat down at a table next to us and I pointed at him and told them that he was the prime-minister. They were shocked that he could just come and sit at less than two meters from us and they were looking around to spot the security detail.
As this was before several high-profile killings in The Netherlands (Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh), the PM didn't have a security detail. They were absolutely shocked, especially when I told them that at that time, the last political murder was probably the murder of Willem van Oranje back in 1584 .
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