THE NETHERLANDS: The Prince Errant Loses His Epaulets

The Royal House of Orange has held sway in The Netherlands almost without interruption for 400 years, and according to the constitution, its monarch is "inviolable." Most of Queen Juliana's royal subjects hoped that the same was true of her dapper, German-born husband Prince Bernhard, 65. When rumors from the Lockheed bribetaking scandals began to gather around Bernhard's royal head last February, the majority of the Dutch public preferred to consider their esteemed merchant prince innocent, at least until proved guilty. Last week, however, the prince was forced to resign from virtually all his...

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