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Re: Sex/gender in old constitutional articles/legislation...
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Surprisingly the only abdicated Dutch monarch to retain the style of Majesty and King was King Willem I who became HM King Willem Frederik of the Netherlands once he signed the act of abdication in 1840. His son became HM the King and his daughter in law became HM the Queen. Queen Wilhelmina did not inspire her abdication on her great grandfather as he abdicated in troubled times. He himself would not accept the independence of Belgium and yet wanted to marry one of his late wife's Catholic and Belgian ladies in waiting.
Wilhelmina went further back in time and was inspired by emperor Charles V.
In the Netherlands even high ranked officials mistake the constitutional term King (meaning Monarch with the style of King or Queen) with the actual title.
If all of those politicians and officials who brought the argument that in the Netherlands there can only be one king had learned their history we might have had a different situation at present.
Had we punished them with no income or pension the state could have easily afforded to buy and restore Soestdijk Palace for the monarchy.
But unfortunately ignorance and stupidity rule in many countries and my own nation is not exempt from it.
...is frequently understood to mean both male and female where it just mentions “male” with changes to laws, etc, to allow for equality or succession of women without repealing whole slews of things just to slightly change wording.
I don’t think anyone considers the Dutch queens regnant to actually be kings because literally only men can be kings.
Queens regnant are equal in rank to kings regnant too.
This squares with the point I brought up (previously confirmed by somebody else, years ago) that queens do not constitutionally exist in the Netherlands. Each of those women simply used QUEEN as a courtesy title, by virtue of assuming the throne (in her own right) of the kingdsom.
Indeed, I think it incorrect to state that Beatrix is no longer Queen of the Netherlands: it's more correctly to state that she is no longer KING of the Netherlands. It's just that during her 33-year reign, she was called Queen.
Wilhelmina opting to go for the style of HRH princess of the Netherlands had nothing to do with being confused with her daughter the Queen.
She simply concluded that Queen Wilhelmina died when she signed the act of Abdication. The person Wilhelmina of Orange-Nassau however was still alive and she took the title she got from birth as a daughter of King Willem III: HRH princess Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Once she died in 1962 she was referred to as Queen Wilhelmina again. The same principle was applied to her daughter Juliana and her granddaughter Beatrix followed the example.
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