‘Typical Dutch’

29 January 2013

12:19 PM

29 January 2013

12:19 PM

There has been much hilarity in the wake of the abdication of Queen Beatrix. The obvious comparisons between Willem-Alexander of Orange and our own Prince Charles have been laboured elsewhere; but I was reminded this morning of the Queen’s response to the another Dutch abdication in 1980.

The story goes that Her Majesty’s Press Secretary telephoned her to report that Queen Juliana had just abdicated, to which Brenda replied: ‘typical Dutch’, before promptly hanging up.

Seasoned Royal watchers will know that Elizabeth frowns on abdication, not least as a dereliction of duty, but also due to the impact it had on her own father.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good thought.

  • Iain Hill

    It is a pity that we encourage HMQ in her blind hostility to abdication [altho sympathetic to its source!]. From the state’s point of view do we want to be complicit soon in forcing a 90+ year old woman to go on carrying out her boxes of governmental, functions as opposed to selected ceremonial duties?, Surely it is not beyond us to find another formula which avoids abdication but nevertheless shares the burden? The Plantagenets had a concept of co-kingship under which the “young king” was tutored and made ready for the future role.

    Let Charles do the governmental part, while the Queen remains prominent at the Cenotaph etc.

  • Daniel Maris

    Somewhere in paradise the angel Diana is suppressing a very exuberant laugh.

  • Richard Thomas

    And in his spartan garret at Highgrove or perhaps Clarence House, an aging Kronprinz watches the tape and weeps.

    • Wessex Man

      We can only hope that this is the case foe many more years to come. He seems to think he has a divine right or something.

  • Ron Todd

    She will get to enjoy retirement while she is still healthy.
    The new King can start at a relatively young age.
    The handover can be done at a prearranged time.
    The new king will at the start be able to get advice from the only living person who has done the job. Better than taking over when decrepit and trying to learn the job while arranging your mother’s funeral.

  • sir_graphus

    That was the least sneering blog I’ve read from you, Steerpike.

    • Daniel Maris