Last week, three days before her 75th birthday, the Dutch Queen announced that she will abdicate the throne on Queen’s Day this year. From this day on, April 30th the Netherlands will be reigned by her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. For 33 years Queen Beatrix was on the throne. Now time has come that a new generation takes the throne.
From Prince Pils to Dutch King
Prince Willem-Alexander used to be known as a wild partying college student. However, in the last decades he underwent a remarkable transformation and became a serious and responsible man. Although he is, according to a representative survey of DVJ Insights, commissioned by RTL News, not the most popular member of the Royal Family (5,9%), 78.8% have faith in him as a king. The most popular member of the Royal Family remains according to this survey his wife, Maxima (49,5%).
Willem-Alexander will become the Dutch first king since Willem III who died in 1890. Because of this, there will be some changes. Instead of a king and a princess, we will get a king and a queen. According to the traditions, a ruling queen cannot proclaim her husband as king. But the opposite does apply to a king. Therefore, Prince Clause never stood much in the foreground. This will change. Maxima will be seen as a queen after April 30th.
A new king might mean changes to the monarchy. Not only changes in the currency, the stamps and even bread decorations/spreadables and the celebration of Queen’s Day which is a national holiday in the Netherlands, but in particular important changes in the monarchy. I don’t know that much about the Royal Family but by reading news about this family regularly I believe some things will change. It is not that easy to bring in new ideas at the age of 75 so I believe that a younger generation will come up with contemporary ideas. Moreover, I believe that Willem-Alexander will become a bit more informal and therefore, closer to the people.
If this change from Queen Beatrix to King Willem-Alexander will be beneficial and contribute to the stabilization of the political climate here, I do not know but I am curious about that and hope that this will improve. Time will tell…