We Celebrate 200 Years, But That’s Half The Story…

Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_NetherlandsThe Kingdom of the Netherlands has been an independent monarchy since 16 March 1815, but has been hereditarily “governed” by members of the House of Orange-Nassau since 1559, when Philip II of Spain appointed William of Orange as stadtholder.

William became later the leader of the Dutch Revolt and the independent Dutch Republic. As stadtholder, he was followed by several of his descendants, and during the 18th century, the function of stadtholder developed into a hereditary head of state of the thus “crowned” Dutch Republic. The last stadtholder, William V, was succeeded by his son, William-Frederick, who became the first king under the name of William I.

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