The Netherlands: Orange Blossoms


All Amsterdam was agog as the banner with a heart and crown went up across Kalverstraat, the city's Fifth Avenue. And huisvrouwen goggled from their windows at open-topped limousines bearing 300 royal guests through town for a little prenuptial sightseeing at the Rijkmuseum and the city's famed diamond-cutting centers. Europe's wealthiest reigning family, the 400-year-old House of Orange, was about to marry apple-cheeked Crown Princess Beatrix, 28, to West German Diplomat Claus von Amsberg, 39.

Some of the preparations, of course, had a slightly nervous tinge about them. Ever since the engagement was announced last spring, a small but angry Dutch...

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