The Netherlands: Caged No More

In her first appearance as Queen of The Netherlands, Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria stood on the balcony of her palace in Amsterdam and stared with a small child's wonder at her cheering subjects.

"Mama," she asked, "do all these people belong to me?" "No, my child," replied the Queen-Regent, "it is you who belong to all these people." It was a hard lesson for a strongwilled, privileged little girl of ten to learn, but Wilhelmina learned it well; long after her abdication in 1948, the people to whom she belonged continued to...

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