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Welcoming WA

After 123 years The Netherlands have a king again. Today Queen Beatrix abdicated and left the throne to her son, Willem-Allexander. His name is not Willem or Alexander but Willem-Alexander written altogether, hence shorted as WA.

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The first official picture of King Willem-Alexander with his Argentinian born wife, Queen Máxima.

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Here is a picture of Willem-Alexander, his wife and daughters on the balcony of the Dam palace in Amsterdam few moments after he signed his mother’s abdication act. His oldest daughter, princess Catharina-Amalia has become the new Dutch crown princess. It was the first time for the little princesses to appear in public except the annual photo session with the photographers.

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Modern king
In his acceptance speech during his crowning in Nieuwkerk today, Willem-Alexander stated to wanting to be a modern king. Fulfilling his tasks as a king he strives to mutual trust between Dutch people and him by serving the democracy. In a television interview with his wife 3 weeks ago When or if Dutch parliament decides to change his role to a ceremonial one, he would not mind.

Having living in The Netherlands for 18 years I see the Dutch royal family (Oranje clan) as a symbol of unity. There are of course people who prefer a republic but most Dutchies love the Oranje like they showed today during the crowning.

PS First pic is a souvenir I bought for my daughter, a cookie tin box from a well-known Dutch cookie brand, Verkade.

4 thoughts on “Welcoming WA

  1. Though I’m not an active republican I can’t stop wondering how a hereditary head-of-state position fits in with a genuine democracy (the new King promises to serve)..

    • I don’t know either Colson. I only wrote his speech🙂 I am not a royalist nor a republican. When I see royal families I twonder who did their ancestors thought they were, claiming to be a royal? On the other hand I don’t mind royal family being a symbol to keep the nation united. Didn’t know what Beatrix really did and wonder how Willem-Alexander will so it as the people are now getting more critical.

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