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Old 09-08-2021, 05:39 PM
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I have watched the discussion programme 'Jinek' and they were discussing the issue. Surprisingly the editor of the -leftleaning- newspaper the Volkskrant was the most sympathetic to the King and suggested that the decision may be an indication that the King was listening to the objections of people and tried to make a concession. He assumed that the sudden and unexpected decision of the government was made with the support of the king. Others at the table were less positive and were using simplistic arguments such as the king closing the domain for three months to get the right dish at the christmas table.

It is interesting to see the gap between the public perception of the issue and the reality as you correctly describe it above. And it seems there is nobody around who can actually explain the matter from the viewpoint of the king. This prime minister -who gives the royal house a lot of freedom- also fails to protect the royal family when it is needed, as we have seen during other issues in the last years as well.

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Old 09-09-2021, 04:39 AM
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The King gets the critics from animal activists and all sorts of what grabs anything just for being against something. But the annual closure of the Crown Domains predate his very life. Queen Juliana had little interest in the Crown Domains, so her daughter Princess Beatrix got a seat in the Board and practically was in charge since 1971, when the King was four years old.

So King Willem-Alexander conveniently is portrayed as a hunter wanting to shoot his Christmas dinner but the current management structures of the Crown Domain, the beheersplan (management plan), the organigram, the licenses, permissions, wild management, all predate his "rule" as Bearer of the Crown and so as manager of the Crown Domains. The management plan of the Crown Domains is in close cooperation with the State Domains and with the Province of Guelders, two other major landowners in the same region.

By hindsight Queen Wilhelmina better donated the Crown Domans to one of the Orange-Nassau family foundations instead of "to the People". King Willem-Alexander would then not have all this nosey-pokey into "his" affairs. But at the same time: the Golden State Carriage, not at all owned by the State, it's restoration paid for by the King, will probably never be used again with the same society and politicians pressing on the Cabinet.

So probably, even when the Crown Domains were not donated 'to the People' in 1956 but placed into an Orange-Nassau Family Foundation, all and everyone would blab their opinion about it as well, pressuring the King to do this or to do that.

Illustrative is that citizens of Brussels for years demand that the Royal Domain of Laeken should be opened for "the people" because they see it as unfair that one man has such a big park in densely populated Brussels. That domain was part of the Royal Donation of King Leopold II to the State, on condition of usufruct for the King. More or less the same as with Het Loo.

But that does not stop people to demand this and to demand that. That unique flora and fauna at Crown Domain Het Loo of the Royal Domain of Laeken thrive because of the serenity and lack of people, is of course easily woven away by the same 'nature / animal lovers'.

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