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Old 09-16-2020, 11:07 PM
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I thought I read another poster mention they talked about her doing a gap year after high school, after the press conference.

Now I am confused, as I went to find the post to see if I was mixing up Amalia and Eloise. I am confused as this was Your post.

The military masters degree open to civilians seems a good option for her if she wants to get some experience.

I agree for her actual bachelors degree I would think she would be in the Netherlands. But I wouldn't rule out a semester abroad. But if she wants to do a whole degree, a masters later in a different country would make sense.
Thanks! It seems that I mixed it up. I guess both parents discussed it (or I am really confused)
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:44 AM
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Not necessarily. In Belgium the King (and eventually queen) is the commander and chief of the armed forces. So it makes sense that Elisabeth is encouraged to at least do the one year program.

In the Netherlands, the monarch hasn't been commander in chief since 1983. So there wouldn't be the same pressure for a monarch to have experience. That doesn't rule out her joining.

I don't know. Is there an option in the Netherlands like Elisabeth is doing? Could she go in for a training program but not actually join the armed forces? Elisabeth is not enlisted, she is simply taking an one year program at the military academy. Is there such an option in the Netherlands?

I don't believe, correct me if I am wrong, that either of the king's brothers did military training. I know he did before he went to university.

I think they will likely wait until spring to make any choices. It seems to have been said earlier that the plan was for Amalia to take a gap year and then go to university. I would thin university plans would need to be cemented in the spring. If it looks like a gap year is not possible next fall, or may not be possible, she may just apply to start university right away.

If she misses her gap year maybe she will get the opportunity for a semester abroad program. Or some other chance to live abroad later on. Both of her Uncles did part of their university abroad. And she certainly wouldn't be the first heir to go to university in another country (Fred spent time at Harvard, Victoria at Yale, Felipe did Georgetown with Pavlos, Haakon at the London school of economics, Philippe at Oxford and Stanford). Her father did his university in the Netherlands but he had the chance to study abroad during secondary school having attended the same school in Wales that Elisabeth just graduated from. Charles and Andrew both spent time during secondary school abroad, Charles in Australia and Andrew Canada.


I assume she will likely take similar courses to many of the heirs have done. Political science, international relations type route. Her sisters will have more freedom in what they study.
Exactly in Belgium and Spain also the king is the commander and head of the armed forces.
Then Princess Catharina-Amalia won't have to have military training.
Princess Leonor of Spain, according to the Spanish press, is expected to have military training as is Princess Elisabeth of Belgium. The Princess of Orange will have more freedom in that regard.
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:30 AM
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In the Netherlands the Government ( = King and ministers) hold the supreme command on the armed forces, on foreign relations, on declaring war, etc.

The modernization in 1983 made the articles in the Constitution in line with reality: yes, in 1815 it was the King, and the King alone, to decide but we have evolued to a parliamentary democracy.

And exactly because the Government ( = King and ministers) hold the supreme command, members of the Government can not be an active military. This would mean the Commander commanding himself. That is why the Prince of Orange laid down all his military commissions before assuming the kingship.

The Dutch position is constitutionally the most true to daily reality, in this aspect, as in reality King Philippe has zero comma zero authority as "supreme commander" as every hiccup has to be covered by the ministers. We have seen with Leopold III what the outcome is when a King does not follow ministerial limits.
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:29 PM
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Lots of 'Amalia'-news today. At least four of today's headlines at the NOS-website include her:
Dienstplicht nu ook voor meisjes, prinses Amalia krijgt ook een uitnodiging (Conscription now also for girls, princess Amalia also gets an invitation)
Wekdienst: Bedreiger prinses Amalia voor de rechter (Wake-up service: Threatner princess Amalia in court)
OM eist cel en tbs voor man die prinses Amalia bedreigde (OM demands prison and tbs for man who threatened princess Amalia)
Amalia en Alexia bleven achter in Griekenland, keerden vanavond pas terug (Amalia and Alixia remained in Greece, returned only tonight) (see general family topic for this discussion on TRF)
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:04 AM
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So we will see if Amalia accept call for duty or not.
I liked to discover how other RF prepare their future heirs, the Dutch RF does very differently lets hope it will work out for them. I am sure though Amalia does not show much effort in the public eye she is getting prepared secretly .
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:40 AM
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So we will see if Amalia accept call for duty or not.
I liked to discover how other RF prepare their future heirs, the Dutch RF does very differently lets hope it will work out for them. I am sure though Amalia does not show much effort in the public eye she is getting prepared secretly .
Maybe it's good to explain this a little better. Conscription still exists but the compulsory attendance has been suspended, so, the letter that Amalia will receive will tell her (as it has been telling 17-year old boys since 1996) that she is conscripted but that she is not expected to show up (as the Netherlands has a professional army) but might at a later point be called to take up the arms if it the security situation would require so. Her year of birth is the first in which not only the boys but also the girls receive this letter.

So, she isn't turning anything down or taking anything up. If she would decide to register for military training that would be unrelated to this letter.
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Old 10-29-2020, 11:51 AM
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Does the Netherlands have a Home Guard/Territorial Army/National Guard that she could join on a part time basis? And thereby have some indirect affiliation with the armed forces.
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Old 10-29-2020, 12:53 PM
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Yes as future Queen she will be the Commander in Chief of all the Military. So yes she should get to know the workings of the Armed Forces of the Netherland, hopefully she will serve as well.
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Old 10-29-2020, 01:08 PM
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Yes as future Queen she will be the Commander in Chief of all the Military. So yes she should get to know the workings of the Armed Forces of the Netherland, hopefully she will serve as well.
The monarch has not been the commander and chief of the Dutch army since 1983. The position lays with the government now, not the monarch, since the change in constitution in 83.

There is a Dutch National reserve if she wished to have some service.
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:28 PM
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Does the Netherlands have a Home Guard/Territorial Army/National Guard that she could join on a part time basis? And thereby have some indirect affiliation with the armed forces.
Since she’s not head of the Armed Forces, I don’t think she needs to unless she wants to. Its not the same as the Duchess of Brabant who will be head of the Armed Forces in Belgium I don’t think her Grandmother did any military training?
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Old 10-29-2020, 04:11 PM
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And her father even laid down all his active military status when he became king because it was considered not compatible with his new role as head of state.
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Old 10-29-2020, 04:14 PM
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The monarch has not been the commander and chief of the Dutch army since 1983. The position lays with the government now, not the monarch, since the change in constitution in 83.

There is a Dutch National reserve if she wished to have some service.
Yes indeed, see the website 'Reservist worden' (become a 'reservist'; it's in Dutch but as always, google translate is your friend )

One of the requirements is that your employer is ok with it; would her father be considered her employer? Or the government as a whole? Or only the Cabinet (excluding the king)? Or the State-General? Or will she be self-employed?
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Old 10-29-2020, 04:31 PM
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Yes indeed, see the website 'Reservist worden' (become a 'reservist'; it's in Dutch but as always, google translate is your friend )

One of the requirements is that your employer is ok with it; would her father be considered her employer? Or the government as a whole? Or only the Cabinet (excluding the king)? Or the State-General? Or will she be self-employed?
Ah, so it's a Home Guard.

I imagine there would be very little to hinder her in joining up. Do some basic training and go through a crash course as NCO, officer and later staff work, ending up having a rank a la suite. I.e. without having a command.
Pretty much like CP Mary.
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Old 10-29-2020, 05:11 PM
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The monarch has not been the commander and chief of the Dutch army since 1983. The position lays with the government now, not the monarch, since the change in constitution in 83.

There is a Dutch National reserve if she wished to have some service.
Since 1983 the Constitution says that the Government holds the supreme command of the Armed Forces. The Government comprises of the King and the ministers.

On the eve of his Kingship, the Prince of Orange had to lay down all military assignments because active military can not be a member of Government: it would mean that military are commanding themselves.
This modernisation of 1983 is in fact an adaptation to standing practice since 1848. Since then no any monarch has hold a real command over the armed forces.

In Belgium the Constitution has not been modernised on this topic but it is clear that no any King of the Belgians in modern era has ever held real authority over the armed forces. Always and ever they were moving within the cadres set by the Government.

Like any retired officer, the King can wear uniforms. Special insignia have been made, comprising an orb, a sword and a sceptre. See picture, not the insignia of a general, or insignia of an admiral, but the exclusive insignia of The King: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cf/48...9051686e7c.jpg
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Old 10-30-2020, 01:35 PM
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Maybe it's good to explain this a little better. Conscription still exists but the compulsory attendance has been suspended, so, the letter that Amalia will receive will tell her (as it has been telling 17-year old boys since 1996) that she is conscripted but that she is not expected to show up (as the Netherlands has a professional army) but might at a later point be called to take up the arms if it the security situation would require so. Her year of birth is the first in which not only the boys but also the girls receive this letter.

So, she isn't turning anything down or taking anything up. If she would decide to register for military training that would be unrelated to this letter.
I know. My post was not related to it but the general discussion about her future.
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The Letter

All dutch 17s get this letter, this "invitation" to the armed service.

But as a Crown Princess you ain't an ordinary teenager, but a role model, a super influencer.

It makes me wonder, if the Crown Princess has any realistic chance to turn down this offer...

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I think that Princess Amalia has no career choice and that such is one of the huge drawbacks for royalty.
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I think that Princess Amalia has no career choice and that such is one of the huge drawbacks for royalty.
It is however also an opportunity to really get to know and bond with very different people from all parts of the Dutch society.
As well as giving her an opportunity to test herself and some of her limits and win the respect of her mates in that way.
The first 30 km forced cross country march with full gear in darkness and no sleep, popping blisters together, being soaking wet together, being muddy and ending in a: We did it! That's a good little victory for a young person.

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Old 10-31-2020, 08:23 AM
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Every citizen aged 17, regardless gender, gets a letter in which they are told that they have been registered, but that they do not have to present themselves for service.

From the 14 grandchildren of Queen Juliana only the Prince of Orange (Royal Navy and pilot's license at the Royal Air Force), Maurits van Vollenhoven (Royal Navy) and Pieter-Christiaan van Vollenhoven (Royal Marechaussee) had any link to the military. The first two because there still was compulsory military service. The last one by own career choice.

The compulsory attendance has been officially suspended since 1 May 1997. This means that cadets entering the Royal Military Academy (officers) or aspirants entering the Royal Military School (non-officers) are aiming for a professional career in the Armed Forces.

I doubt Princess Catharina-Amalia is aiming for a professional career in one of the armed forces. No any of her female predecessors ever had military assignments but all were great Queens.
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Old 10-31-2020, 10:24 AM
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All dutch 17s get this letter, this "invitation" to the armed service.

But as a Crown Princess you ain't an ordinary teenager, but a role model, a super influencer.

It makes me wonder, if the Crown Princess has any realistic chance to turn down this offer...

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As Duc_et_Pair and I explained that is not the main point of this letter. It is just to inform her and all others born in 2003 that they will be subscripted but their services is suspended unless the need would arise (which hasn't happened since the Dutch turned to a fully professional army).

While in other countries, there is a much stronger military tradition within the royal family, as the Dutch have had reigning queens for over a decade, this is not a traditional expectation in the Netherlands. I do think some people might appreciate it if she did something military related but most don't care at all. If she would forfeit university education, that would be completely unexpected but forfeiting military service not so much.

So, yes, it is definitely an offer she can refuse: she is not expected to be in the military as her professional career choice; her career is very straight-forward: 'princess of Orange' followed by 'queen' (followed by support act of her heir as 'princess Catharina-Amalia' after abdication).
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