The Dutch Royal Family
Holland is a fairly young monarchy. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1815, and King William I was its first ruler. The first king of Holland was from the House of Orange-Nassau. The origin of Holland’s motto, ‘Je maintiendrai (“I will maintain”)’, the colors of the flag and the national color orange may all be found in the House of Orange-Nassau. Princess Beatrix was the reigning monarch for over 30 years. In 2013 her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, succeeded to the throne. The monarch has limited power; the King has immunity, but the real power lies with the ministers. The monarch is neutral and does not make pronouncements about political topics.
A walk through the royal city of The Hague, Part 1 Ulrike Grafberger, Thursday, April 11, 2013
Binnenhof (Inner Court), Ridderzaal (Knights’ Hall) and the Historical Museum of The Hague provide a good insight into the royal history of The Hague.
A walk through the royal city of The Hague, Part 2 Ulrike Grafberger, Thursday, April 11, 2013
Explore the Lange Voorhout, the most beautiful place in Holland, and the Hofkwartier with its royal palace.