THE NETHERLANDS: Hold the Sea!

Clip-clap, clip-clap through the tidy Hague, good motherly Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands clattered off last week in her State Coach to open Parliament. With her rode buxom, schoolgirlish Crown Princess Juliana and the Queen's fat but studiously self-effacing Prince Consort-Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. A smart troop of cavalry gave dash to the corpulent Royal turnout. Loyal crowds bellowed vociferously not "God Save the Queen!" but that grand old Dutch cheer, "Hold the Sea! HOLD THE SEA!"

Alighting at the grim, medieval Binnenkof, the Queen paced imposingly to her simple throne in The...

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