(Post by Christy)
“The real reason why Beatrix did abdicate was that she had made a mess of her position over the past 10 years.
She made highly moral speeches from her palaces but she didn’t even realise how hypocrite she was, all those moral rules didn’t count for her… She is solely responsible for the diminishing political role of the head of state. She also didn’t realise what the effects of her political decisions would be, the Dutch monarch has lot’s of political powers compared to other european monarchs. The monarch is part of the goverment but she thought her people would accept every move she made, big mistake.
I’t is a good thing that King W-A made it very clear in his inauguration speech that he sees his role of head of state more like a ceremonial role and is willing to let the politics over to the members of parliament.” - Submitted by godius