THE NETHERLANDS: Popular Surprise

With their broad faces cracking wide in happy smiles one hard-raining evening last week, groups of loyal Dutch gathered under dripping trees at The Hague around a plain, white-painted house which anyone is free to approach. It was the Royal Palace of that good woman Wilhelmina of Orange-Nassau who for 46 of her 56 years has been Queen of The Netherlands.

"Juliana is coming with her fiancé," murmured the stolidly joyous Dutch who had just learned of their Crown Princess' engagement (TIME, Sept. 14). A car was sighted whizzing toward the Palace and...

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