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Marengo 06-04-2007 06:06 AM

Future of the Dutch Monarchy
As a simular thread has been introduced in other forums we might as well start it here.

What are your thougts on the future of the Dutch monarchy? What changes do you expect in the future or what traditions do you want to keep?

Henri M. 06-04-2007 06:58 AM

Since the monarchy in the Netherlands is strong and can met widely approval, I expect almost no changes.

When The Prince of Orange assumes the kingship, he can use the 'brand new' (restored) Royal Palace Amsterdam, he can use an almost completley restored carriage collection, inclusive the Golden State Carriage and the Royal Hearse, he can live and work in two excellent royal palaces (Huis ten Bosch and Noordeinde) and use the fabulous Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

The Court Organization is modernized and updated. All processes are precizely described in blueprints and is certified with an ISO90002 certificate.

The future King has a strong, well-educated and experienced spouse, who will probably bring Latin flavour in the proceedings at the Court. Where the Oranges have a bit of restrained attitude towards glanz und gloria, I expect the spouse of the future King to upgrade or re-instate the old glitz back at Court.


With other words: the future is sunny and bright.

lucien 06-04-2007 09:50 AM

As the Monarchy,or better The House of Orange,is a deep rooted institution here in the Netherlands I don't expect any changes at all in respect of the form of State for the future,not near,and not the distant under Queen Catharina-Amalia.

Besides that,imho,Alexander and Máxima are second to none in the field of education,experience and involvement with modern global issues,their intellectual approach of tackling issues combined with charm,passion and humour,elevates them to another level then many of their collegues,however nice,or older,they may be.

Duc_et_Pair 12-10-2014 01:16 PM

After last general elections, the Second Chamber (House of Representatives) choose to appoint a so-called "informateur" by itself, to look for possibilities to form a new Government which can count on a majority in Parliament. This has always been a royal prerogative, vested in tradition (nowhere in the Constitution is stated that it is the King who has the lead in the formation of a new Cabinet).

Today the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant had a report about an evaluation of this constutional novum, see article.

In essence the Commission (the Professores Paul Bovend'Eert, Carla van Baalen and Alexander van Kessel) advised to give more attention and 'body' to the King's right to be informed. As head of state ánd member of the Government (in the Dutch Constitution the Goverment comprises of the King and the ministers) the King should be "more regularly and more precizely" informed about the proceedings. The End Report of the Formateur should be offered to the King as well.

The King should not be used for "last help" when the formation of a new Cabinet fails. When such an attempt fails, it is the Chamber itself to solve the deadlock and it should not to mix the old procedure (the King has the lead) with the new procedure (the Chamber has the lead).

One of the fraction leaders commented: "Courtesy towards the King is fine, but the right to be informed is about the Government. This is a procedure of the Chamber, not of the Government." By the way: the Commission pointed that the staff of Queen Beatrix was updated all the time by the Chamber's Clerk Office.

Another member of the Chamber: "I still see a danger (of again involving the King): the last elections gave a clear direction. When there are four possible combinations to form a majority, I still have to see who is the one to give the final go-ahead."


Blog Real 02-28-2017 09:25 AM

Dutch monarchy remains safe in elections
This is confirmed by Piet van Assendolk, a reporter for the public television network NOS covering the information of the Dutch royal house. Van Asaendolk has analyzed the programs of the political parties that are presented to the next elections, and if conclusion is clear: the king Willem-Alexander has little to fear.

Some of the candidates do talk about introducing greater mechanisms of direct democracy, and in more left or minority parties include proposals to cut the costs of the crown or to pay more taxes. But those who question the monarchy are counted.

The political formation that can become the "star" of these elections is the ultra-right Freedom Party, which rejects immigration and the "Islamization" of Holland, contrary to the European Union, and led by Geert Wilders.

In its program, the Freedom Party makes no mention of the monarchy, while those who follow it in the surveys do, but in a positive way.

This is the case of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the center-right liberals led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the candidate for the elections. The VVD is committed to making changes in the institutional distribution of power, but without that goes against the monarchy: as the Liberals declare in their program, "it is the best form of state for the Netherlands."

As for the Social Democrats of the Labor Party, who have governed the last five years in coalition with liberal lis, they insist that the monarchy is "an important factor of union in the Dutch society". Of course, they add that it is necessary to modernize the institution, also in the economic area.

Also expressing their support for the figure of the king are smaller political formations of Christian social, Catholic, Protestant and Calvinist, while the retired 50Plus party praises the modernity of the current monarchy.

More critical is the center-left party Democrats66, which bases its program on defending direct democracy mechanisms: it recognizes the "unifying" role of the king and the royal family in the Netherlands, but calls for greater economic sobriety of the crown .

The only proposals that really contradict the monarchy come from the Greens and the Socialists. Both bet that in the future the Dutch vote to elect their head of state, but meanwhile the Socialists propose that the king has no political influence - which now has in the process of forming the government - and that the members of the house Real pay all taxes on income and wealth.
La monarquía holandesa se mantiene a salvo en las elecciones

Empress Merel 02-28-2017 10:06 AM

What some parties think is not important. The monarchy is as strong as ever.

Duc_et_Pair 02-28-2017 11:34 AM


Originally Posted by Empress Merel (Post 1964529)
What some parties think is not important. The monarchy is as strong as ever.

Hm... while surveys show great personal popularity for the King and especially Queen Máxima, the general support for a monarchy as form of state is years and years downhill.

There is no direct danger for the monarchy and the complete fragmentation of the political landscape keeps it away from big changes (it is easier for two parties having a majority to propose changes than when 5 or 6 parties are needed to obtain a majority).

But it all hangs on personal popularity. And the verb says it: it comes by feet and leaves on horseback (gaining and keeping popularity is long work and it can go downhill overnight). We will see how long a system of state based on hereditary succession can survive purely because charismatic Máxima is so liked.

Blog Real 02-28-2017 01:24 PM

The monarchy in the Netherlands is not in danger. Most people support the monarchy and the Royal Family is very popular. The King and Queen are also very popular.

Duc_et_Pair 02-28-2017 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by Blog Real (Post 1964576)
The monarchy in the Netherlands is not in danger. Most people support the monarchy and the Royal Family is very popular. The King and Queen are also very popular.

The monarchy is not in direct danger but the approval for the institution on itself is crumbling for years and years. The Dutch monarchy is also the most expensive one in Europe (but this open for debate because of different accountancy methods in other monarchies). Du moment that polls indicate that support has crumbled to 50%, mechanisms will start to have an own effect.

Note that, like in Sweden, popularity of individuals like Máxima or Victoria can be sky high, but at the same time the answer on the question: "Do you prefer a form of state with an elected head of state or do you prefer a head of state by hereditary succession?" can actually show a majority of the Dutch going for a republic. It would not surprise me at all, to be honest. The monarchy is simply still there because the individuals are liked. But look to Belgium or Spain: Albert II and Juan Carlos were once very popular figures.... With other words: when Willem-Alexander or Amalia, in this 24/24 media society make a serious error, or scandal, or misdemeanour, it is enough to let the monarchy rock on its crumbling fundaments.

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