Published On: Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013

Máxima regent upon cessation Willem-Alexander

Maxima RegentAMSTERDAM - The Dutch Senate and the House, or the States General, have appointed t Queen Máxima regen in case Amalia, Princess of Orange, is not yet 18 when her father, King Willem-Alexander dies or resigns. The two chambers did this during a joint session in the Great Hall of the Binnenhof in The Hague. The meeting was chaired by Senate President Ankie Broekers-Knol .

According to the law a possible regent doesn’t have to be a member of the Royal Family, even though in practice it has always been the case. The only person that has really exercised this appointment for a long time was Queen Emma. She took care of business for eight years (1890-1898) until the daughter she had with King William III, Wilhelmina, was 18 years old.

Custody of the minor children of Willem-Alexander will also be exercised by their mother Queen Máxima if he dies, but she will get assistance from a ‘college of supervisors’. This will include, among others, the vice-president of the Council of State, the President of the General Court and the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during the brief meeting that the government hopes that this bill will never have to be applied.

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