From December 7, her 18th birthday, Amalia’s life changes. Then, if necessary, she can actually ascend the throne. “The Council of State is waiting. Prince’s Day is approaching. The ministerial responsibility applies,” writes the constitutional lawyer with a PhD.
“It is to be expected that the Princess of Orange will take place with her parents in the Glass Coach on September 20, 2022,” it says about her first Prinsjesdag on which she is eighteen. Tomorrow will be the last opening of the States General that will take place without her in the coming years.
On her 18th she would also receive her controversial allowance, for which she thanked herself with a simple note. Rehwinkel calls it “a golden opportunity” in an explanation of his book, in which he notes: “The financial allowance for the heir apparent has led to heated discussions before. To get rid of all the misery, Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers showed his willingness in 1984 to raise the age limit for the monarchy from eighteen to 21 years. The PSP MP Andrée van Es responded: ‘It makes no difference to me whether a snot-nose of eighteen gets so much money or a snot-nose of 21. I object to the fact that members of the Royal House earn so much money.’ “In retrospect, Van Es thinks she was actually a snot herself,” concludes the author.
In his view, it is an example of “how finances and privileges determine the discussion in the media. I argue in favor of conducting the debate properly, substantively and fundamentally.” The book can be helpful in this, full of cultural-historical background about the family, traditions and customs that determine Amalia’s position.
On the balcony of the palace on Dam Square, on the day of the inauguration in 2013.
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The book also mentions the possibility of making the heir apparent only available to the throne from the 21st or 23rd birthday. “Shouldn’t you give someone some more years of space and self-development?” Rehwinkel wonders. “Don’t we want a head of state with a completed education?”
In addition, he describes the option of limiting the Royal Household to only the king, the spouse and the heir apparent. “It gives the family more freedom”, quotes Rehwinkel in his book constitutional lawyer Prof. Paul Bovend’Eert. In a conversation he adds: ,,He also says that you should not knock on the door with drooping legs now that the cabinet formation is stalled, because the head of state previously appointed an informateur. I think: now have a fundamental discussion and try to see longer lines.”
Not because the monarchy would be in danger in his eyes: ,,The popularity of the royal family has declined, but still not bad. And Amalia seems fit for the job. She is not tangled with herself, she is balanced, friendly and she moves easily. She also has the presence to match her future role.”
Princesses Amalia (m.) Ariane and Alexia during the summer photo session five years ago. Amalia had sprained her ankle.
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The author realizes: ,,The circumstances have rarely been more ideal for an heir to the throne. Amalia has a grandmother who can still accompany her to the kingship,” it sounds about Princess Beatrix. “She comes from a protective family with a good marriage. When the king was her age, Prince Claus became ill. And when Princess Beatrix was this age, her parents’ marriage almost broke up.”
Precisely that note about her allowance testifies to Rehwinkel how well Amalia understands her environment: ,, I think we desire a sober and subservient monarchy. She sensed that well with that note.”
It does not alter the fact that he would like the discussion about the monarchy to be conducted more fundamentally, beyond the incidents: ,,Amalia can lay new accents later. But we can ask ourselves: What kind of kingship do we want?”
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