The artist made a sculpture of Willem-Alexander, who then left his beard standing

A statue of King Willem-Alexander has been unveiled in the new council chamber of the municipality of Overbetuwe. With beard.

The bronze statue was made on the occasion of the renovation of the town hall in Elst by artist Maria Stams. Initially she made a statue of the king without a beard.

When it turned out that the king had left his beard behind, she first wanted to add a beard to her work, reports Omroep Gelderland. Eventually she decided to make an entirely new statue.

The statue was unveiled yesterday by the artist and mayor Patricia Hoytink-Roubos. She is happy to be the first to have a statue of the king with a beard: “It suits the king who gives substance to the kingship in a contemporary way”

The king is already depicted with a beard on, among other things, a commemorative coin. Last year a statue of Willem-Alexander with beard of Lego blocks was also made.