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Dutch PM offers resignation to King Willem-Alexander

The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has offered his resignation to King Willem-Alexander after the fall of his government today. The fall of the government comes following a parliamentary inquiry into a scandal at the Tax and Customs administration during which thousands of families were faced with financial ruin after they were wrongly accused of fraud with childcare subsidies. In some…
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Oman to appoint its first ever Crown Prince

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said has issued a royal decree to pave the way for a constitutional amendment which will allow him to appoint a Crown Prince. The Royal Decree No. 6/2021 promulgates a new Basic Law of the State which will “set up a specific and stable…

The top five moments of 2020

The year 2020 will go down in history as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the changes that came with it. Nevertheless, there were some happy and interesting moments that made the year for me. Here is my top five: Luxembourg’s royal baby © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue The birth of the first child of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg was quite a…
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The Netherlands

Public's trust in Dutch King plummets

The public’s trust in King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has plummeted from 76% in April of this year to just 47% in December, according to research bureau Ipsos. There were several moments during 2020 when the King was heavily criticised. During his holiday…
The Netherlands

The Dutch Royal Year in Review

The Dutch Royal Family began the year 2020 in good spirits with their annual holiday to Lech and with preparations underway for what would turn out to be their first but also their last state visit of 2020. As usual, the royal family posed for photos in Lech in exchange…
The Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander holds Christmas speech

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands held his annual Christmas speech earlier today. As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic featured heavily in the speech. He made several examples of nurses, and students, longing for a normal life. He sympathised with all those who had lost loved ones in the pandemic and lamented the empty seats at the Christmas table. He thanked those who kept to the measures…
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The exiled Empress and the Führer

Hermine Reuss of Greiz was one of the five daughters of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz and his wife, Princess Ida of Schaumburg-Lippe. Her childhood was overshadowed by the death of her mother in childbirth and the incurable disability of her only brother. A 13-year marriage to Prince Johann Georg of Schönaich-Carolath produced five children before her husband’s death from…
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