Royal succession in Netherlands reminds us that thrones of monarchy are safe in Europe – The Irish Times

May 6, 2013

According to The Irish Times:

…Europeans are in love with blue-blooded families.

…royalty has proved remarkably resilient. Even as the French Revolution seemed to have sounded the death knell for kingship, the Habsburg Empire, for example, existed until the first World War. Today, 10 European countries are monarchies.

The uncomfortable truth for republicans is that royalty remains popular – almost 78 per cent of the Dutch population supports monarchy.

Despite mumblings of discontent, the position of royalty has never seemed so safe. At a time when public satisfaction with directly elected representatives is at a low, for advocates of democracy this is a cruel irony.

To read the entire article in The Irish Time, please click here.

King Wilem-Alexander and Queen Maxima,  and their royal guests. Photo released by the House of Orange.

King Wilem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, and their royal guests. Photo released by the House of Orange.

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Also of interest:

First official picture of the new Dutch king and queen – Hello! Magazine

As Dutch prepare for new king, republicans ask to abolish monarchy – The Christian Science Monitor

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