Capturing the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in images was ‘perhaps the biggest audio-visual operation in Dutch history’, according to Dutch broadcaster NOS.
United was proud that NOS entrusted the best part of this operation to their facilities business. United’s images of the ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk (the New Church) and in Dam Square were sent all over the world. To broadcast the abdication and inauguration from Amsterdam, a technical and editorial hub was built in the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam, where the images from 115 cameras were pooled.
In Museumplein (Museum Square), alongside images for the NOS, United also recorded broadcasts for Koffietijd (Coffee Time) and The National Postcode Lottery and, in the evening, for André Rieu Productions. In the early evening, United was available in and around the EYE Film Museum, where, in the presence of the King and Queen, the performance of the ‘King’s Song’ was played via video link-up from a packed AHOY in Rotterdam. This was followed by the festive royal cruise, which was recorded both by boat and from the quay.
In Soestdijk, place of birth of the king’s mother, a broadcast of Time for Max was made for Omroep Max. United Multicamera, United Satellite Serivices and United ENG, as well as colleagues from planning and project management performed, thanks to NOS and other clients, a grand and unforgettable job on April 30th.