As HM The Queen of the Netherlands prepares to abdicate at the end of this month in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander to become King, we examine the differences (and similarities) between the British and Dutch Monarchy.
Wrong coat of arms for the Kingdom of the Netherlands!
I am missing the information that the connection between the house of Oranje-Nassau (the latter in Dutch) and the Netherlands goes much further back in time than the connection between the (German) house of Windsor and Great-Brittain (or UK or even England). This especially because of the connection to William and Mary of whom William was in the end foremost and all the stadhouder of the Dutch republic…..
What connection? Every Dutch is as much related to Willem van Oranje as this king to be. And don’t forget Willem 1 crowned himself king in 1815 after arriving penny-less in Scheveningen 2 years earlier.
Let me guess: republican?
This is the second Dutch monarchy. The first one ended in 1581. As the States-General no longer recognized King Philip II as their lawful ruler.
7 Kings in 200 years, but you forget the Kings and other rulers before them; the Spanish Kings, the Dukes of Burgundy, the Dukes of Brabant, the Dukes of Gelre, the Counts of Holland. This article makes it seem like there was nothing prior to 1813, which was of course not true. Not only did the aforementioned rulers shaped the country, the period of the Dutch Republic made the country the most powerful nation in the world with a navy that was superior to the English navy.
There’s been considerably more than 40 British monarchs, if you consider that the British Monarchy had two origins – one English, the other Scottish.
Scotland has had 41 monarchs of it’s own, starting with Kenneth MacAlpin and ending with Mary I (Mary Queen of Scots). England has had 46 monarchs of it’s own, starting with Æthelstan and ending with Elizabeth I. We have shared 7 monarchs as seperate Kingdoms, starting with James I & VI, and ending with Anne, and a further 11 as a united kingdom. So in total that is 105 British monarchs.
You can’t only count the English ones, Elizabeth II’s claim to the throne goes in both directions. The total goes considerably above 105, if you consider that England’s Royal Family decends from the royal family of Wessex.
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