Tuesday, January 29, 2013
JAN 29 DUTCH QUEEN BEATRIX ABDICATES THRONE
History occurred at seven o'clock last night. In Amsterdam, the Dutch monarch delivered a somber address on National TV. All across the Netherlands, citizens listened closely to their Queen as she made her brief but sudden announcement. Effective April 30th, (the Queen's Day holiday) she is abdicating. Loved by many...hated by some...but respected by all...Queen Beatrix is a monarch no more. Her tumultuous twenty-three year reign is officially over. So...join us at the DUNER BLOG as we take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of a truly great world leader.
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of Orange was born 75 years ago in Utrecht. Her baptism a year later in The Hague was massive. A horde of European dukes and duchesses cheered, as the Great Cathedral erupted in adoration. Her godparent, King Leopold III of Belgium, stood next to her mother, Princess Juliana and her grandmother, the glorious Queen Wilhelmina. Unfortunately, the fun would be short lived. A year later, Princess Beatrix and the entire House of Orange were forced to flee in exile to London when Nazi Panzer forces overran the Low Countries. Although the Dutch Monarchy was reinstated after war, things were different. When Queen Wilhelmina died in 1948 and Queen Juliana took over the throne, the pomp and circumstance of the past was missing from the ceremonies.
In 2009, Queen Beatrix again showed her toughness when she survived a horrific assassination attempt. KARST TATES, a derranged anti-Monarchist, crashed his cheap Suzuki compact car into the Queen's motorcade. Eight innocent people were killed but Beatrix survived. Afterwards, she shocked the world with a compassionate speech, again emphasizing 'peace and harmony' over 'anger and distrust.' Rather than demonize her killer, the assassin is currently serving a life sentence without parole and is receiving much needed psychiatric treatment.