This week the first episode of a documentary about the wedding of the current Dutch monarch will air.
It's already known that the series reveals that in 2002 the father of Queen Maxima had to be convinced to stay away. It was not his free choice (as it had been presented) but the opinion of Labour PM Wim Kok.
The PM came in conflict with the Prince of Orange about his intentions to marry Maxima and the attendance of her father.
Willem-Alexander was ready to marry without consent and would thus have given up his rights of succession. Friso would have become the Prince of Orange. He either would have given up his rights as well had he married Mabel or might have remained a bachelor. In either case Constantijn would have become his mother's heir.
I think he'll probably consider he had a lucky escape from the responsibilities of the crown but i think he might have done better than Alexander. His wife does not have the glamour of Maxima but she is respected and liked (though her speech was for the first years of their marriage subject of ridicule because it was overly posh).
Im looking forward to seeing what other revelations about the organisation of the wedding come up.
Where Maxima's father could not be present for the event, the day turned into the crowning event for the other father. Prince Claus was dying but did attend the most important parts. His short car-ride from the Berlage exchange to the New Church turned into a very impressive ode from the public to him.
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