Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

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Wilhelmina as a young woman

Wilhelmina Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria (31 August 1880 – 28 November 1962) was Queen of the Netherlands from 1890 until her abdication in 1948.


  • For the whole world I became a heroine, very easy, but not complimentary, since I had done nothing in this case, received the most ridiculous letters from places all over the world; especially a steady flow of praises came from France! I have never seen such a exaggerated reaction
  • I have done more for the w:Boers than my fellow countrymen will ever know
  • only in the intimacy with mother I could be just a human
  • the government did not fulfil the urge in their hearts and felt that the public wished to see me openly revealing my sympathy for our kinsmen; how could I as the head of state!
  • Already then, there was in my subconsciousness as unsatisfactoriness about powerlessness, which was accompanied by being locked in a cage, whereby made taking an initiative, of any kind, impossible
  • to one of which I am attached by bonds of friendship, to other by ties of common origin
    • Queen Wilhelmina and the Boers, 1899 - 1902, MA PCNI dissertation, E.R.J.G. Picard, S1029215, Prof.dr.H. te Velde, 26-06-2018.