Thursday, March 20, 2014

Queen Emma dead

March 20, 1934        

all photos: Marlene A. Eilers Koenig Collection

Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands died "early today," at the Hague, reports international press agencies.

The widow of King Willem III and mother of Queen Wilhelmina, was 75 years old.

The cause of death was bronchitis.

Princess Emma of Waldeck und Pyrmont was only 20 years old when she became the second wife of King Willem III.  When he died in 1890, she was named as regent for their only child, Wilhelmina.  She remained the Regent until Queen Wilhelmina reached her 18th birthday in 1898.

The Dowager queen was held in "high regard" by the Dutch people, due to her "kindness, sincerity and good works."

The Queen's funeral will take place after the reading of her will. 

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