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Tuesday 23 December  
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Does Holland need a monarchy?

Published on : 29 April 2013 - 7:19am | By Margo de Haas (Screenshot: RNW)
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On Tuesday, April 30, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. There are huge crowds in the Dutch capital Amsterdam to catch a glimpse of the new king and his wife Queen Máxima as well as to celebrate the annual national holiday Queen’s Day. RNW took the opportunity to ask young people in Amsterdam what they think of the Dutch monarchy.



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Let Monarchy coexist with democracy. Monarchy is good for maintaining the rich culture and traditions of a country. Also as a symbol and unifier of the nation.
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Anaya 9 December 2013 - 5:10pm

I think monarchy in Holland is a subject that should definitely be discussed more, especially amongst the younger population. Which is why I was very happy to find this interesting interview. Willem-Alexander and his new wife Queen Máxima are like icons of worship within the country. To see them just once live is a dream of many.. however I believe that those who idolize them have no real interested in their real duties or actual impact to the country itself. If they would come out more than in gossip magazines, I believe their existence would be more justified. Let's promote more discussion on this topic!!

jasmin 19 May 2013 - 3:04pm

Great news! Congrats to the new King and may his reign bring peace and happiness in the Netherlands.Very thoughtful of Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favour of his son, she loves him- thus tweets the Prince-in-waiting of UK-Prince Charles...Is Queen Elizabeth listening?

Peter from Zeeland 1 May 2013 - 1:24am / The Netherlands

Holland may need a monarchy, they can keep it. But let the rest of the Netherlands join a modern state structure and establish a Republic. BTW Let's not forget that the Netherlands has been most prosperous as a Republic in their golden age.

Guy Thibault 30 April 2013 - 4:43pm / Canada

Why not?
With our democratic system, we get to choose right, left or center during elections. Monarchies stays as governments goes. if done properly this brings some sort of continuum in foreign policies and might damper the enthoisiasm of far right in domestic policies ;) The senate should be this guard dog but it is too often packed by long ruling parties...

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