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Queen Maxima overcome with grief as Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims return to the Netherlands

Queen Maximaof the Netherlands was overcome with grief

on Wednesday as she watched the arrival of a plane carrying the victims from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.The Dutch queen was accompanied by her husband King Willem-Alexander and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at Eindhoven Airbase

Throughout the ceremony the royal couple held each other's hands tight as the coffins were brought off the plane.Last week's devastating incident saw

298 people killed


flight MH17

crashed in eastern Ukraine after taking off from Amsterdam.The majority of the passengers were Dutch and

Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning

for the Netherlands.

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Queen Maxima holds on to King Willem-Alexander

The king and queen have met family members of the deceased this past week, and last Friday the couple signed the book of condolences that has been placed outside of the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Hague, Netherlands.A second book has also been set up outside of Schiphol Airport where the flight took off from on 17 July.

Princess Mabel van Oranje

, the king and queen of the Netherlands sister-in-law, has also spoken out about the shocking events.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima sign the book of condolences

"My thoughts go out to all those families, friends and colleagues have lost. So pointless. Such a tragedy. # MH17" she tweetedBritain's

Prince William last week gave a statement on the tragedy.

"For all of us who have lost countrymen and women in the tragedy,

words cannot do justice to our sense of loss

," William said.

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