The Royal Women

Queen Wilhelmina’s white funeral

Princess Wilhelmina had died on 28 November 1962 at 1 in the morning in a small staff apartment at her beloved Loo Palace. As early as 1919, Wilhelmina had settled on a so-called “white funeral.” Her husband had also requested a white funeral, and she observed his wishes upon his death in 1934. In her [read more]

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The Royal Women

The death of Queen Wilhelmina

By 1947, Queen Wilhelmina was physically worn out and suffering from a heart condition which made it necessary for Princess Juliana to act as regent twice. Though her daughter tried to convince her to hold off her abdication until her golden jubilee, Wilhelmina dreaded celebrating another jubilee. In her memoirs, Wilhelmina wrote, “It was only [read more]

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The Royal Women

Queen Wilhelmina – The loss of Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had been a province of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since its foundation in 1815 before becoming independent but remaining in personal union with the Kingdom following the Treaty of London of 1839. It consisted of the territory of the duchy of Luxembourg, which had been a state of the [read more]

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Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Queen Wilhelmina – Becoming Queen

Princess Wilhelmina has last seen her father on 25 September 1890. She wrote in her memoirs, “Although during the last few months his suffering was such that I could no longer visit him, this period left a deep mark on my life. The atmosphere at The Loo was dominated by his illness. Everything became strained. [read more]

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The Netherlands

Queen Wilhelmina and Arkansas

The last place one would expect to see a connection to Queen Wilhelmina would be the southern US state of Arkansas. However, surprisingly, the state has a national park named in her honour.  Arkansas has a state park called Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which was named after the Wilhelmenia Inn at the top of Rich [read more]