The Netherlands: A Vote for Love

Seldom had a Dutch television show drawn so large an audience. Before a nationwide hookup, Parliament was debating a bill approving the marriage of Crown Princess Beatrix, 27, to West German Diplomat Claus von Amsberg, 39. Ever since the engagement was announced last spring, Von Amsberg has been attacked bitterly because he served in Hitler's army at the age of 17.

The attacks ranged from letters addressed to Von Amsberg's 71-year-old mother in West Germany, and signed "with hate," to a petition with 66,000 signatures protesting the wedding. As the argument raged in Parliament, ex-Resistance Hero Frans Goedhart arued that...