To great applause and celebration, Queen Beatrix abdicated her Netherland throne Tuesday after three decades of service, handing over the monarchy control to her oldest son, Willem-Alexander. And other than one lone Republican male in the crowd, it appeared that her subjects supported the transition and continued monarchy practice, according to the New York Times.
Beatrix’s new title will be princess, and she appeared enthusiastic about the ability to step down from the burden of power at the age of 75, and confident that her son, the new Dutch king, would reign well in her stead, saying her 46-year-old son was “ready in every way.”
One crowd participant told the Times that the Dutch monarchy differed from the British monarchy in that they were not as formal. They appeared to enjoy a good party too, donning colorful attire and hair accessories, and even the Republican anti-monarchy crowd member, Hans Maessan, agreed that “even Republicans like a good party.”
And speaking of good parties, Queen Elizabeth hasn’t abdicated her throne just because Beatrix has chosen to, and, in fact, she’s looking for a new French five-star chef to work for a pittance at her parties and other functions, according to the New York Daily News. So it doesn’t appear Elizabeth is going to abdicate anytime soon.
Could the fact that the Dutch are less formal than their British counterparts play a role in why Queen Elizabeth has held on so tightly to the reigns of power rather than abdicating to Prince Charles? Or is it that Elizabeth is not as confident as Beatrix that her future kind is “ready in every way” to reign?
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