As mentioned previously, the blindness of his daughter Cristina and the growing influence of Hofmans on matters of state, who had moved to the royal palace seriously affects the marital relationship of the queen. During the years following the presence of the healer was accompanied by political controversy. At first the news was hidden from the Dutch press, but eventually became a national debate about the competence of the queen to rule, although it enjoyed a great popularity. Juliana often appeared in public dressed as a woman civilian, and began practicing public walking and bike riding in the open air. Many of their employees are directed to it simply as “Mevrouw” (Lord).
Although the bike and their customs mundane suggested a simple lifestyle, during the 1950s and 1960s, the Dutch royal court enjoyed great economic prosperity and splendor, with magnificent chambelanes with uniforms, golden carriages, luxury cars and splendid celebrations and great celebrations in palaces. At the same time the Queen visited its citizens personally and unannounced, appeared in public schools and institutions. His warm and friendly character eventually became a great speaker. At the international level, Queen Juliana was particularly interested in the problems of developing countries, refugees from wars, and especially the welfare of children, especially in developing countries. The ‘New York Times described it as a’ woman unpretentious common sense and goodwill. “
On the night of January 31 1953 the Netherlands were most affected by flooding in more than five years. Over thirty protective dikes and dunes facing the sea were broken and many towns and villages were submerged by waves of several meters. Dressed with an old raincoat and boots, the very queen Juliana got into the water and mud and went to the devastated areas to bring food and clothing to people in need, showing compassion and interest, consoling people and about a Again the Dutch.
In 1963, Queen Juliana was facing a new crisis that sowed discontent among the Protestant Dutch, when Princess Irene of the Netherlands turned to Catholicism in secret and without the approval of the government if the April 29, 1964 with Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon, Duke of Parma, an aspirant to the throne of Spain, and a leading Spanish Carlist party. Memories resurfaced on the national struggle for independence from the Dutch Catholics of Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which some compared to the recent Nazi occupation. Not help improve the situation that the marriage of Irene was constantly shown in the media and resulted in a feeling of hostility towards the monarchy for having allowed, and even some radicals demanded the immediate abdication of the queen. However, this feeling was temporary, and the admiration and respect of their subjects had acquired over time, allowed the queen Juliana remain on the throne.
This crisis by the marriage of Irene resurgiria with the announcement in July 1965 of the engagement between Princess Beatrix, heiress to the throne, and a German diplomat Claus von Amsberg. The future husband of the queen had been a member of the Wehrmacht and the Hitler Youth. Many Dutch are angry demonstrators in the streets against the ‘betrayal’ of commitment. Although on this occasion asked the citizens not the abdication of the queen, because the object of his anger was Princess Beatrice, however, began a debate on the social needs and functions of the monarchy. Queen Juliana try to cancel the engagement, but ended up giving in marriage, and took place under a continuous storm of protests and a widespread feeling that Princess Beatrice would be the last member of the ruling House of Orange in the Netherlands. Although difficult to resolve this crisis, once again the popularity of Queen Juliana was only temporarily affected.
In April 1967 an event revitalized the popularity of the Dutch monarchy, when the first national direct heir to the kingdom Dutch man in 116 years, the Prince William Alexander of the Netherlands, the first son of Princess Beatrice. On this occasion there were several expressions of enthusiasm and affection, and this event was promoted by the prosperity of the economy.
A new scandal affection to the royal family in 1976 when Prince announced that Bernardo had accepted a bribe of over 1 million from the Lockheed Corporation, a U.S. company to influence the Dutch government in the purchase of several planes.
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