MPs from across the political spectrum have called for answers to claims in Wednesday's Volkskrant newspaper that anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders was sidelined during the investiture of king Willem-Alexander.

The paper said master of ceremonies and senate leader Fred de Graaf had taken steps to ensure Wilders was not part of the official escort for the new king, despite his seniority as a politician.

De Graaf told the paper he had tried to ensure the escort reflected the make-up of parliament, was divided between men and women and focused on long-serving MPs.

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