Wednesday 23 July day of national mourning

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has declared Wednesday 23 July 2014 a day of national mourning. On this day, the bodies of the first victims of the MH17 air disaster will arrive in Eindhoven.

This will take place in the presence of their next of kin. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will also be present, as will representatives of countries whose nationals were among the victims, and other dignitaries.

After the 2 military aircraft have landed, a bugle will be sounded to mark the arrival in the Netherlands. A minute of silence will then be observed, in which everyone in the country can take part.

As part of this day of national mourning, Prime Minister Rutte has specially instructed that the flags outside all government buildings in the Netherlands be flown at half-mast. Municipalities, provinces and Dutch diplomatic missions abroad will be requested to do likewise. Church bells may also be rung at different times of the day, particularly in the last 5 minutes before the aircraft land. They are expected to arrive at 16:00.