How the Monarchy of the Netherlands Differs from That of the United Kingdom

M G Singh By M G Singh, 20th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_nc5pwm2/
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Two important countries in Europe like the United Kingdom and the Netherlands still have monarchies. Both are constitutional monarchies yet they are an institution by themselves. However both monarchies have subtle differences that distinguish them from each other

Two Monarchies that Have Survived

Background
In an age when monarchies are an ancient relic, two important countries in Europe like the United Kingdom and the Netherlands still have monarchies. Both are constitutional monarchies with very little political power, yet they are an institution by themselves. However both monarchies have subtle differences that distinguish them from each other.
The British Monarchy
The British monarchy is the older of the two and traces its lineage to 1066, when William the Conqueror landed in England. In contrast the Netherland’s monarchy is just about 200 years old having been established in 1815. The Dutch have had only 6 monarchs till date and prince Willem-Alexander will be the seventh. The British monarchy is male centric and the heir apparent is known as the Prince of Wales. There is no Princess of Wales. . This is likely to change in England with a new law on the anvil. In contrast the Netherlands monarchy is not male centric and the heir apparent is known as the Prince of Orange or if a girl as the Princess of Orange. This title is associated with the Principality of Orange in Southern France.
Constitutional Monarchies
Both are constitutional monarchies, but there is a difference. The British monarch reigns till death and as such there is no abdication. Thus Queen Elizabeth continues to rule though crowned in 1953. Abdication in the British context can only take place with the approval of the government like King Edward abdicated when he fell in love with a married lady Mrs. Simpson in 1930 and wanted to marry her. He abdicated his throne at that time. In the Netherlands a monarch can abdicate anytime or when he or she is old. Thus Queen Beatrix of Netherlands has abdicated her crown in favor of her son Prince Willem-Alexander. She ruled for 33 years and is now 75.
English King/Queen is also Temporal Head
The English sovereign is temporal and political head. Thus in England a King or Queen is crowned. She or he also heads the angelical church. This is not the case in the Netherlands where there is no coronation ceremony, but an investiture ceremony attended by members of both houses of parliament. The Netherlands sovereign is not identified with any religious connotation. And during the investiture ceremony the crown, orb and scepter are only displayed on a table.
Cost to State
The Dutch royal family cost the state 31 million pounds a year. In contrast the British royal family also known as the House of Windsor cost a shade lower at 29.7 million pounds. The Dutch economy is much smaller than England, thus this expenditure is quite significant.
Last Word
ast Word Both monarchies have adapted to the 21st century and are likely to see this century through.

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King, Monarchy, Netherlands, Rulers, United Kingdom

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting article.

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Jun 2014 (#)

thanks Randhir

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author avatar micheal
22nd Jun 2014 (#)

interesting stuff!

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Great analysis of the two monarchies and I think in Spain too we have monarchy system.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes, I was just reading about the Spanish monarchy as a result of the football World Cup. Monarchies are very interesting to those of us who have different systems. Well done article (no surprise there).

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