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Marking a new era in The Netherlands

Willem AlexanderA social evening this week with an invitation from the Dutch Ambassador, based in Kuwait, and Dutch Consul, based here,  to celebrate the Abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands the oldest reigning Dutch monarch, and the coming Investiture of Crown Prince Willem Alexander as King. It sounds a popular move, not because Queen Beatrix is unpopular – far from it – but the recognition that she deserves some relaxation at 75 and that the new King has many gifts and a delightful family. May he reign in peace and harmony.