Professor Niek van Sas on the Dutch monarchy

The Dutch royal couple visiting the province of Drenthe
The Dutch royal couple visiting the province of Drenthe (© Marcel J. de Jong)

Bertine Krol speaks with Niek van Sas, professor of modern history, about the Dutch monarchy and how it came about. He also discusses the powers and influence – real and presumed – are of the Dutch head of state.

How does he see the current fuss over Willem-Alexander’s Argentinian girlfriend? What is the role of his mother in this, and what is that of the government and parliament? Who can stop such a marriage. Bertine Krol and Professor van Sas discuss various scenarios in this unedited interview.

Interviewer: Bertine Krol

Recorded: March 21, 2001