King Willem-Alexander made a plea for tolerance while emphasising the fact that everyone is different in his televised Christmas address to the nation.

'Unity without diversity is suffocating,' the king said. 'Diversity without unity is grains of sand. The Netherlands is more than 17 million selfies.'

Willem-Alexander also spoke about the sadness generated by the MH17 plane disaster, 'for thousands of people in our country and abroad.' The tragedy overshadowed the Christmas celebrations for 'them and everyone affected by the suffering'.

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