Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Queen is Cross

Queen Beatrix does not agree with the way her ancestors Willem I, II and III are being portrayed in the book ‘For the Throne No-one is Born Unpunished’ (‘Voor de troon wordt niemand ongestraft geboren’) by historians Dorine Hermans and Daniëla Hooghiemstra. This was reported a few days ago by the Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD)). According to the Queen’s spokesperson the authors have very selectively used documents from the Royal House archives which portray the kings in a less than positive way. This is the first time the Queen has expressed her disapproval of the use of sources from the Royal House archives. Among others things the authors wrote that Willem I got rich at the expense of others, that Willem II was blackmailed due to his homo- or bisexuality and that Willem III was a madman.


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