When Queen Beatrix abdicates on 30 April, the Netherlands will get its first male head of state in 123 years. In the April issue of the British monthly magazine Majesty (Vol. 34, No. 4), which goes on sale in Britain today, I write about the unique historical phenomenon of three successive women in what is usually a male role: Queen Wilhelmina, who reigned from 1890 to 1948, Queen Juliana, who reigned from 1948 till 1980, and Queen Beatrix, whose reign of 33 years brings the unbroken line of female kings to an end.
Also just out is the Danish Historisk Tidsskrift, vol. 112, no. 2, to which I have contributed a review of Gerd Steinwascher’s book Die Oldenburger. Die Geschichte einer europäischen Dynastie, which relates the history of all the branches of that vast dynasty descending from a small German county.
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