House of Orange-Nassau http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28265/all en Dutch Queen to address nation, prompts talk of abdication http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-6 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Beatrix will address the nation on television and radio on Monday evening, the Royal Household said in a statement, prompting the Dutch media to report that she would abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.</p> <p>Queen Beatrix will be 75 years old on January 31. In 1980, she became the sixth monarch of the House of Orange on the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana, who reigned for 31 years. (Reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Jon Hemming)</p> Beatrix of the Netherlands House of Orange-Nassau Monarchy Nobility Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:30:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740559 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch PM Rutte to address nation after queen's speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-9 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will address the nation after Queen Beatrix's speech on Monday evening, the prime minister's office said in a statement.</p> <p>Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, is expected to announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily called broadcast to the nation on Monday evening, Dutch media reported. (Reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Alison Williams)</p> Government House of Orange-Nassau Politics of the Netherlands Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:00:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740576 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Dutch Queen abdicates, Willem-Alexander to succeed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-dutch-queen-address-nation-expected-abdicate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Queen's quotes, political comment, details)</p> <p>By Anthony Deutsch and Sara Webb</p> <p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announced she was abdicating in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, telling her country it was time to hand the crown to the next generation after more than three decades on the throne.</p> <p>Willem-Alexander, 45, who will be sworn in as king on April 30, is married to Princess Maxima, who comes from Argentina, and has three young children.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-dutch-queen-address-nation-expected-abdicate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard Entertainment House of Orange-Nassau Monarchy Netherlands Nobility Politics War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:30:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740607 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates, Willem-Alexander to become king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Beatrix announced she would abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a televised broadcast to the nation on Monday evening.</p> <p>Willem-Alexander, 45, will become King of the Netherlands on April 30, she said, adding that she considered he was ready for the role. Queen Beatrix turns 75 on Thursday.</p> <p>(Reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Andrew Heavens)</p> House of Orange-Nassau Monarchy Nobility Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740656 at http://www.globalpost.com (Blank Headline Received) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-14 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUTCH QUEEN BEATRIX SAYS PRINCE WILLEM-ALEXANDER WILL BECOME KING ON JAN. 30</p> House of Orange-Nassau Monarchy Nobility Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740659 at http://www.globalpost.com From beer to water, Netherlands gets first king in a century http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/beer-water-netherlands-gets-first-king-century Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, known as "Alex" to his friends and dubbed "Prince Pils" by the tabloids because of his taste for beer, has carefully built up a reputation as an expert in water management and sits on several international committees.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/beer-water-netherlands-gets-first-king-century" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Business House of Orange-Nassau Human Interest Monarchy Nobility Politics World Leaders Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:15:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740691 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch crown prince vows less protocol as 21st century king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/dutch-crown-prince-vows-less-protocol-21st-century-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander vowed Wednesday to be an approachable, 21st century monarch, insisting in a wide-ranging interview less than two weeks before becoming king that he is not a "protocol fetishist".</p> <p>Now still known as the Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, 45, will be enthroned on April 30 as the first Dutch king in more than a century, following in the footsteps of his mother, reigning Queen Beatrix, 75.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/dutch-crown-prince-vows-less-protocol-21st-century-king" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Orange-Nassau Human Interest Nobility Royalty AFP Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:00:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5818863 at http://www.globalpost.com Official song for new Dutch king pulled after protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/official-song-new-dutch-king-pulled-after-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Dutch-British composer who wrote a song officially chosen to celebrate the enthronement of the Netherlands' new king later this month has yanked the tune just days after its release following a storm of public criticism.</p> <p>"Dear compatriots, after having to block yet another insult on my Twitter account, I am now totally done," John Ewbank wrote on his Facebook page late Saturday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/official-song-new-dutch-king-pulled-after-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe House of Orange-Nassau King Monarchy AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:30:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5821465 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Imbecilic' song for new Dutch king withdrawn after outcry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/imbecilic-song-new-dutch-king-withdrawn-after-outcry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dutch organisers were scrambling Sunday to find a new song to mark the upcoming enthronement of the Netherlands' new king after a serenade written especially for the inauguration attracted a storm of criticism for its "imbecilic" lyrics.</p> <p>"Dear compatriots, after having to block yet another insult on my Twitter account, I am now totally done," Dutch-British composer John Ewbank wrote on his Facebook page late Saturday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/imbecilic-song-new-dutch-king-withdrawn-after-outcry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe House of Orange-Nassau King Nobility AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:31:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5821627 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch crown prince tames paparazzi en route to throne http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130422/dutch-crown-prince-tames-paparazzi-en-route-throne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When the Netherlands' Willem-Alexander and Maxima next week become Europe's youngest king and queen, they will already have dealt with arguably the greatest challenges facing a 21st century monarch: taming the media.</p> <p>Unlike British royals, relentlessly stalked by the paparazzi many still blame for the 1997 death of princess Diana, the Dutch royal couple appear to have established the ground rules for their relationship with the press.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130422/dutch-crown-prince-tames-paparazzi-en-route-throne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European people House of Orange-Nassau Nobility AFP Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5822818 at http://www.globalpost.com The castle where Queen Beatrix hopes to live happily ever after http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/the-castle-where-queen-beatrix-hopes-live-happily-ever-after <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A tiny hamlet in the green heart of the Netherlands is preparing to roll out the orange carpet for its latest retiree, former Queen Beatrix, but some here wonder whether she'll be as happy as the woman who left 33 years ago.</p> <p>At first glance Lage Vuursche, population 250, looks like any other village in Het Gooi, an area between Hilversum and Utrecht famed for its wealthy inhabitants and natural forests.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/the-castle-where-queen-beatrix-hopes-live-happily-ever-after" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beatrix European people House of Orange-Nassau Human Interest Nobility AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:30:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5823788 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch enthronement: the key moments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/dutch-enthronement-the-key-moments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Here are the key moments on Tuesday when Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander becomes king, succeeding his mother Queen Beatrix after 33 years on the throne. All times local (GMT+2).</p> <p>10:00 am -- Queen Beatrix arrives to sign her abdication in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Willem-Alexander, who turns 46 on Saturday, and his Argentine-born wife Maxima witness the document. Beatrix reverts to her title of princess and her son becomes king.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/dutch-enthronement-the-key-moments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Orange-Nassau Netherlands Nobility AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:00:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825613 at http://www.globalpost.com Willem-Alexander: from 'Prince Pils' to Dutch king http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/willem-alexander-prince-pils-dutch-king <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Future Dutch king Willem-Alexander has undergone a remarkable transformation from his image as a boozing Casanova, ill-equipped for the throne, to a serious family man well-loved by his people.</p> <p>Due to take over from his mother, Queen Beatrix, when she abdicates on Tuesday, he has been preparing for his accession by taking on more and more duties in a bid to shake off his immature reputation.</p> <p>In an interview two weeks before the ceremony, Willem-Alexander, who turns 46 on Saturday, said he wanted to be a traditional 21st century king but will not be a "protocol fetishist."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/willem-alexander-prince-pils-dutch-king" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European people House of Orange-Nassau Nobility AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:01:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825623 at http://www.globalpost.com Orange fever as 21st-century king takes Dutch throne http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/orange-fever-21st-century-king-takes-dutch-throne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander becomes Europe's youngest monarch Tuesday when Queen Beatrix abdicates and his country hails the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive orange-hued party.</p> <p>Willem-Alexander, 46 on Saturday, will be the first Dutch king since 1890 and the first of a new wave of European monarchs, whose ageing blue blood -- average age 71 -- is increasingly watered down.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/orange-fever-21st-century-king-takes-dutch-throne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European people House of Orange-Nassau Nobility Social Issues AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:01:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825626 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch love their Argentine queen despite father's past http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/dutch-love-their-argentine-queen-despite-fathers-past <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Maxima, the Argentine-born future queen of the Netherlands, has worked hard to win over Dutch hearts and is immensely popular despite her father's murky role in his country's military junta.</p> <p>As the wife of Crown Prince Willem Alexander, former investment banker Maxima Zorreguieta, 41, will on Tuesday become queen of the Dutch following Queen Beatrix's unexpected announcement in January that she will abdicate in favour of her son.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/dutch-love-their-argentine-queen-despite-fathers-past" target="_blank">read more</a></p> House of Orange-Nassau Maxima Zorreguieta Nobility Royalty Technology AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:01:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825627 at http://www.globalpost.com