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The opening of the television series , about Prince Alexander. I forgot the plot but I remember a scene in the end where Wilhelmina and Juliana were burning a box that contained letters of the Prince. I believe this was based on a rumour. I also recall that there was a freule Roell who was an anarchist and that a doctor was treating a mental patient who said he was Alexander. What I remember best however were the scenes of Carine Crutzen as Queen Sophie, the best Dutch actress of her generation IMO.
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A plaque at Willemstad,Curacao,Netherlands Antilles,in remembrance of abolishing slavery by HM King Willem III.
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I read somewhere on the net that Sophie caught the eye of Royal Prince of the French. If anyone knows about it, can he/she post it?
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I read somewhere on the net that Sophie caught the eye of Royal Prince of the French. If anyone knows about it, can he/she post it?
It didn't go further then the eye that dropped,just a symphathy.

She was however on very good terms with the Emperor Napoléon III and Empress Eugenie.
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From the new biography on king Willem III by Dr. van der Meulen it appears that Willem III wanted to renounce his rights so he could settle on the French countryside with his pregnant mistress, the opera singer Louise Rouvroy. When his father dies in 1849 he decides to accept the throne after all. What happens to Rouvroy and their child is unknown, though she did work as singer in Paris for a while.

Willem I en III hadden bastaarden - NOS Nieuws

The rumours that the king could not have been the father of Queen Wilhelmina due him having syphillis is untrue. The king never received any medication for venereal diseases. And he was even present at her birth, which was very exceptional for those days. The biographer emphasizes that esp. the last 10 years, áfter his marriage with Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont, the king became more stable and more productive even.
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Prince Willem, the eldest son of King Willem III, did not marry Princess Alice of Great Britain. Did his parents have any other princesses in mind as a possible wife for Prince Willem? Was Prince Willem's brother, Prince Alexander ever engaged?
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Prince Willem, the eldest son of King Willem III, did not marry Princess Alice of Great Britain. Did his parents have any other princesses in mind as a possible wife for Prince Willem? Was Prince Willem's brother, Prince Alexander ever engaged?
For Willem also Maria daughter of the russian tsar Aleksandr II was considered but she turned him down (apparently Willem had quite a bad reputation).
Willem's brother Alexander was never engaged (he was considered sickly and of nervous disposition)
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To awnser one of my own questions earlier: Sophie's doctor was not superior to the Dutch one. He actually was the reason her son died. He misdiagnosed the illness of Maurits, saying it was nothing serious. King Willem III insisted on a 2nd opinion of the court doctor (after some urging of de Casembroot). By that time it was too late, and the boy died. The queen must have felt very guilty about it.

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I believe nobody expected Alexander to get married. He was too 'melancholic'. Thopugh elsewhere I have read that Thyra of Denmark was considered for both Alexander as for his father Willem III.

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About the Frederiks: Prince Frederik at one point was forbidden to visit Queen Sophie too often. King Willem III wanted to evade the impression that he was chosing her side. The ever-acid Queen Sophie in her letters to Lady Malet complained about the constant attention from her husbands uncle.
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