Originally Posted by Duc_et_Pair
I think a monarch is succesful when he/she passes the monarchy in a better state to the heir than at the start. In this framework I regard Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as a succesful monarch.
She started her kingship in almost a street guerilla in Amsterdam 1980, under strong anti-everything tendences and passed it to her son in sparkling state and at the height of her popularity in Amsterdam 2013.
This i have to completely agree with it is becoming more and more common for king's and queen's to pass down the crown in much worse state than the got it handed to them. I was sat watching a Royal Family DVD
the other night and it is astonishing some of the things our kings and queens have been through to get where they are today.
At the end of the day it's not easy being a leader of a country so we have to give them a little leeway.....