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Prime minister denies haste over naming Máxima queen

Friday 15 February 2013

Criticism of the decision to call princess Máxima queen once her husband Willem-Alexander becomes king on April 30 were shrugged off by the prime minister's office on Friday.

A number of legal experts said in Friday's NRC that royalty law states Máxima, as wife of the king, should be known as 'princess of the Netherlands'. It is up parliament to determine if she should be called queen, the experts said.

Twan Tak told the paper the situation could lead to confusion abroad. 'In other countries, people are used to the queen of the Netherlands being head of state,' he said. 'This confusion could have a negative effect on our international relations.'

However, a spokesman for the state information service RVD said Máxima will be known as queen as a courtesy. It is not a formal title, and has no legal status, the spokesman said. The decision is also in line with what happens in other countries, the spokesman said.

Queen Beatrix' husband Claus was known as prince not king throughout their marriage. However, the wives of Willem 1, II, and III were known as queen.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

What an absolutely ridiculous discussion. Why not call her Máxima? Why does she need a title of any kind just because of who she sleeps with? Come to think of it, why does Willem-Alexander need a title just because of who his mother is?

I wonder how much of the taxpayers money this discussion is going to cost us. At minimal, now that females can ascend equally, the rules for spouses should be equal regardless of gender.

By Quest | 15 February 2013 5:56 PM

Is it just the need to prove that Dutch are fair people why they keep jumping through hoops for Maxima? If you buy into the idea of royal titles, Princess Maxima should be just fine.

By Mel | 16 February 2013 12:30 AM

It's always King and Queen, Queen and Prince Consort in every kingdom! What's the fuss all about?!

It's protocol!

Dutch like to complain don't they ;)))!

Like the MP's who's does not want to reswear to the new king, as they are republicans! Didn't they know NL is a kingdom when they came to parliament? Bfff media attention seekers!

Hip hip Hurray

By Mo Jordan | 16 February 2013 7:32 AM

@Mo Jordan,
So, where is the King of England? ..

By simon | 18 February 2013 12:53 PM

Calling Maxima queen could create confusion that may have a negative effect on foreign relations. Hilariously ridiculous.

By phantom | 18 February 2013 1:50 PM

Perhaps the Netherlands will find it more beneficial the confusion as Maxima has a really high profile and is loved worldwide since she became part of the royal family and besides that, let's be honest she really raised the image of our future king who was known in the past as a party guy. Dutch national here love my country, love the royal family and proud to have Maxima as my Queen...!

By Jan-Joost | 18 February 2013 7:34 PM

@simon: sometimes reading the other comments exactly first before stating his own comment is the better way... like Mo Jordan said: If the born heir to the throne is male, in almost every monarchy his wife is called queen, as a king traditionally stands higher in the royal protocol than a queen (like in Sweden). If the heir is female (like in England), her husband is called prince to observe the traditional rules..

By Mike | 18 February 2013 8:33 PM

Be thankful you have royalty. Look at how much better off you are. There are countries who don't have royalty they are not in good stead. Canada has a Queen and is in good shape compared to the US who is not. Count your blessings.

By h bartlett | 18 February 2013 11:37 PM

Prime minister denies haste over naming Máxima queen. The problem could disappear. In the time of Alexandra the great, not you Alexandra, the ancients said “A King is made, not born”. The open question is your King born or hatched?

By Terence Hale | 19 February 2013 10:58 AM

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