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Old 04-14-2019, 05:12 PM
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They can not do much about it. The King and the Queen are very popular and have a good rapport. The trick is to convince that a hereditary monarchy is the best form of state. I applaud the Dutch youngsters for having an independent mind and an own opinion. It would be worrisome if youngsters think that a hereditary monarchy is perfectly normal and the best for a country.

At the same time the support for a republic is nowhere. So I interpret this as unease. A monarchy is a strange institution and does this fit in a modern state and should it cost that much? At the same time they see no need to overturn it and call for a republic. Probably because the idea of one of those Dutch politicians as a president is less appealing than leaving the King and Queen (who enjoy great popularity and a good rapport) where they are, despite the doubt about the institution.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:09 PM
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I think that monarchy is a much better form of government than the republic. A king dedicates himself to his country much better than a president. For a king it is a mission. For a president, his job is just an ambition.
I love the idea of a royal family having a mission to represent their country and to have a "special role" in their country.
It is interesting to see how each royal family adapts to the evolution of the times.
Everything may change in the country, but the royal family is still there.
I love that my neighboring country (Spain) has restored its monarchy.
I am sad that my country (Portugal) abolished its monarchy in 1910. I have hope of a day to see it restored.
I will always be a monarchist.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Lee-Z View Post
Popularity of the dutch monarchy among young people (18-34) has decreased from 70% in 2007 to 55% at present. This is one of the results of the annual poll (always held sometime near the King's day celebration)

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It is interesting to see that per the chart, a gap between those 18-34 and the national average only opened around the time of Queen Beatrix's abdication.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Tatiana Maria View Post
It is interesting to see that per the chart, a gap between those 18-34 and the national average only opened around the time of Queen Beatrix's abdication.
There are banners in my town, for these typical big King's Day events and one of them is called "Heimwee naar Bea" (Homesick for Bea).

Anyway the idea that the stately Queen making place for a younger generation would be a boost amongst youngsters was idle. But once again, the popularity and the rapport of royals themselves is very good. It is just that the monarchy, a system of designating the head of state by hereditary succession, is loosing it's appeal. It has been a downward trend for decades. At the same time the support for a republic is not developing, so all by all it is more a moodboard than something practical.
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In regards to the position of various political parties in the Netherlands towards the monarchy, I've found that only the Socialist Party, the GreenLeft, and the Party for the Animals are really interested in a republic. However keep in mind that this a long time goal, not really for a sort of "the moment we are in power" type of goal. As it stands, according to the current opinion polls for the next Dutch general election the three parties combined would get about 35% of the vote and the Socialist Party has actually been losing support in the polls from what I've seen so pro-Republican parties could actually wind up with less than 35%.

So nothing to really worry about, keep calm and carry on.

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