Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wilhelmina & Hendrik arrive in The Hague

December 14, 1901

Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik of the Netherlands arrived in The Hague this afternoon, reports the New York Times.  Flags were on display throughout the capital.  Local residents came out to show a "great loyal demonstration.  This was viewed as an impartial display "bestowed on the Queen and the Prince Consort, at least there was no open display of hostility" toward Prince Hendrik.

The queen and her husband left the railroad station and drove through crowded streets to the residence of Queen Emma, the Queen Mother, who "welcomed them within sight of the public, kissing Queen Wilhelmina warmly and shaking hands" with her son-in-law. 

Crowds gathered outside the palace and sang the National Anthem, and Queen Wilhelmina "responded by appearing on the balcony."

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