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illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIV THE REIGN OF QUEEN
WILHELMINA No sovereign was ever more beloved by her people than
the girl queen, Wilhelmina, who, as the nineteenth century drew to
a close, was the last scion of the house of Orange; for all other
heirs in the direct line had passed away. The close tie of mutual
affection between this illustrious family and the Dutch nation is
one of the grand things in history. On the eve of the royal
inauguration, as Queen Emma announced in dignified and fitting
terms her intended abdication in favor of her daughter, so also
Wilhelmina wrote what reads like a love letter "to my people,"
asking for their love and loyalty. The New Church in Amsterdam, as
in the case of her three royal ancestors, was the place chosen for
her to take her oath of office and to receive the loyal vows of the
ministers. On the morning of inauguration day, September 6, 1898,
the festivities were ushered in with music in the air. In most of
the large church spires are chimes of bells, numbering from a score
to a hundred. The players frequently give concerts up in the air,
while every day the bells strike the hours, halves, and quarters,
the chimes ringing out a merry tune, a stanza of a hymn, an
operatic air, or some patriotic or lullaby song. On the morning of
September 5, initiating " the national honeymoon," the carillons in
the steeples had begun early. Amsterdam looked more like fairyland
than an ordinary city. The shops were closed, and crowds from all
the country round filled the streets with a million of happy
people, good natured, and well behaved. The mother and daughter,
"the king's widow" and the queen, left The Hague and arrived in the
capital city on the "Y" early in the afternoon. This was the
beginning of the "joyous entry." Wilhelmina sat with her ...
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