After 123-years our new King is (almost) therePOSTED: 04/26/13 12:30 PM
St. Maarten – Tuesday is a momentous day in the history of the Dutch Kingdom. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will abdicate and her eldest son Willem-Alexander will succeed her. He will be the first King in 123 years after Willem III (Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk) died in 1890 after a reign of 41 years. Willem-Frederik van Oranje-Nassau was de first king (1815-1840); his successor Willem II held the throne for just nine years. Willem III was a peculiar man according to history books that describe him by his nickname King Gorilla. From 1890 on, the Kingdom has been ruled by Queens Wilhelmina (1890-1948), Juliana (1948-1980) and Beatrix (1980-2013).
In this issue of our paper, most local news has to take a backseat for stories linked to this royal and historic event in our King’s Edition.