The Netherlands: Death of a Princess


With 17 suitcases, a pair of bright blue skis and a parakeet in a cage, Princess Irene of The Netherlands tripped gaily aboard a chartered KLM airliner last month, unnoticed by the press. Prettiest of four royal sisters and second in line of succession (after Princess Beatrix, 27), blonde, buxom Irene, 24, took off for Spain, whose culture and language she studied at the University of Utrecht. By last week, when she finally returned home, Irene had stirred bitter animosities among her people, delighted many others, flouted her family's sternest tradition, and rocked the House of Orange to its...

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