Support for the Dutch monarchy has not recovered since the sharp dip during the coronanvirus pandemic, according to an annual survey by Ipsos on behalf of public broadcaster NOS.
Ten years ago, when Willem-Alexander was sworn in as king, the monarchy commanded the support of 80% of the Dutch. But now just 55% of the Dutch have confidence in monarchy, while the king himself has the trust of 46%.
At the same time, 24% of those polled said the Netherlands should become a republic, a rise of nine percentage points since 2020.
The king’s popularity took a sharp knock after a series of gaffes during the pandemic, in particular his decision to holiday in Greece at the height of the crisis.
Crown princess Amalia, who was forced to cancel plans to live with friends as a student because of threats, can count on plenty of sympathy for the position she finds herself in. And 75% of those polled said they would understand if she decided not to become queen because of the threats against her.
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