Queen Abdicates

Stop Press: the Queen is abdicating in favour of her middle-aged son.

Nope, this is not Betty handing over the reins of the monarchy to Charlie (god forbid); it’s Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands handing the reins over to Prince Willem-Alexander.

A well-timed and sensible choice.

The Prince and Princess Maxima are well-equipped to pick up the reins and carry on. They are, like Beatrix herself, not unintelligent, understand both business and society and are well-liked by their subjects. I’m no monarchist, but I have a lot of respect for them.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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4 Responses to Queen Abdicates

  1. Matt Healy says:

    I don’t know much about the Netherlands Royal Family, but from what little I know they do seem a more sensible lot than the House of Windsor, who can be something of a reality TV drama. The closest my country (the US) has to a dynasty would be the Bush family; FOUR TIMES I have voted against a guy named George Bush in an election.

  2. Al Feersum says:

    I think Peggy should give Charlie the reins for the short time that he’ll be around (well… maybe not – given their longevity, he’ll still be on the throne when William is his age now).

    It’s not as if they actually do anything with regard to exercising their royal powers. After all, the UK is up shit creek, and despite furious bailing out, the crap is still coming in the boat because the real problems still aren’t being addressed.

    The Queen (or King as it may be) does have the power to dissolve parliament and force a re-election – but sitting in their cosy palace(s), they don’t seem to have a measure of how the public feel (not that I’m saying that Charlie would be any better). It seems that they don’t care about the little people: after all, it’s not as if they’re going to get voted out of office, is it?

    And as for Matt H. Well… I’m sorry you had to endure the reign of the republicans (12 years of the Parks Department – hell!)… but what can you do? The majority are stupid, and they voted for him.

    • Geoff Coupe says:

      King Charles? Noooo! He has a long history of meddling in politics and pontificating on things that he knows nothing about. It would get worse if he were monarch. Don’t feed his addiction!

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