Marianne's portrait and quote for young Wilhelmina
'The last time Princess Marianne appeared in public in The Netherlands was in 1880, at the baptism of her great-niece, the future Queen Wilhelmina. She gave the little child a portrait of herself on which she wrote 'Oh there are so many things that I wish for this little girl. I know what it is like to be both Queen and woman. It causes such an internal struggle; many a queen may wish only to be born as a woman'. Wilhelmina kept the small portrait of Marianne in her studyroom untill she died, which must say something as Wilhelmina only surrounded herself there with (deceased) familymembers that she admired.'
Thanks for sharing a wealth of photos and information about Princess Marianne, Marengo! I did not know she gave a portrait to baby Wilhelmina and even wrote something to her. I was wondering if you could quote a source for this particular bit of information? Where is the portrait and/or quote to be found? Thanks so much!