Dutch Royal Coronation

The Dutch people are getting a new monarch. Willem-Alexander is being crowned King of the Netherlands in elaborate coronation ceremonies today in Amsterdam.

Willem-Alexander

Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her son, Willem Alexander, ensuring the continuation of rule by the Orange-Nassau dynasty.

Beatrix-abdication

The BBC reports on the coronation.

Crowds of Dutch citizens are attending the celebrations of the coronation and royal souvenirs and memorabilia are available in Dutch shops. This is a powerful reminder of the durability of monarchies, even in the 21st century.

Dutch-royalmania

NIU students in HIST 414 European Wars of Religion will be interested in this story, having read about the Dutch Revolt and William of Orange.

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