Belgium's northern neighbor was also royally expectant last week. If reports from The Netherlands were true, Queen Wilhelmina, 64, might soon abdicate in favor of her son-in-law, Prince Consort Bernhard. At the same time she would raise his status from Prince Consort to King. Behind the rumored move were the Queen's age, the Prince's sudden popularity and the fluid Dutch political situation.

For the flood tide of Europe's social unrest was lapping over into The Nether lands. But Queen Wilhelmina had her finger in the dike. Her new Government for a country radically...

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