HOLLAND AND ITS RULERS

Count William II was not only the ruler of Holland, but also elected to be the head of the Holy Roman Empire in the 13th century. When the Glorious House of Holland deceased, alien rulers penetrated and the people of Holland suffered under intruding Highnesses from Hinault, Bavaria, Austria, Spain, France and Germany. Nowadays Holland is ruled by a principal, from the futile House of Nassau-Dietz. The queen of the Netherlands is the richest woman in the world. Her royal power stretches over both Holland's, Friesland, nine other counties and 5 Caribbean islands.
 
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ROYAL RULERS

First king was count William II of Holland. On October 3th 1247 he was elected king of the Holy Roman Empire. Before he could be crowned emperor he was killed by the Friesians on January 28th 1256 near Hoogwoud in the West-Friesian part of North Holland. Nevertheless the people of Holland own the right to be addressed as “Royal Dutch People of Holland“ to this period.

After the House of Holland deceased, rulers of Hinault, Bavaria and Habsburg came and went. Holland fought Philips II of Spain, overlord of The Netherlands, during the Dutch war of Independence(1568-1648). In 1648 Holland integrated in the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.

In 1795 Napoleon occupied Holland and soon his brother Louis was introduced as the first king of Holland since William II The Great was elected emperor in the middleages. After king Louis of Holland fled his Haarlem palace, he was succeeded by his son for some days.The great Allied powers decreed that Holland and Belgium would become the Netherlands. Instead of returning to a republic, new candidates popped up to occupy the throne. One of them was a so called William “of Orange“. People were made believe that he was a descendant of William of Nassau-Dillenburg, also known as William the Silent, a noblemen who revolted against the Spanish rule in Holland. In the end of the 15th century this German William inherited the Principality of Orange in the South of France and by this the title “Prince of Orange“. His bloodline vanished in 1703 by the death of Orange William that married queen Mary of England. The “reborn Orange“ actual was descendant of Heinrich Kasimir of Nassau-Dietz. The Treaty of Paris (1814) provided that the Netherlands and Belgium be united into a single kingdom and William was proclaimed its first king of The Netherlands. By 1830 the Belgians' patience had run out with their Orange-king. Revolution erupted in Brussels and quickly spread across the country. William made a brief effort to regain control in the south of his kingdom, but within a few months he withdrew. On 20 January, 1831 Belgium was recognized as an independent nation. They stipulated by law that never ever an Orange could inherit the Belgian crown. So they were put under the rule of the German Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. The Belgians withhold their new king under a constitution that significantly limited the power of the monarch. The northern part had to deal with Oranges that revolted heavy against the slightest restriction of royal power. King William almost blow to pieces when one of his subjects suggested that what was left of his kingdom better change its name to Holland. The king died in 1843 in Berlin, his descendants still rule the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the present being Queen Beatrix.

NATIONAL ANTHEM OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS
(Words of the 1ste verse of 16)

William of Nassau, I am of German blood
'Till I die I remain devoted to the homeland
Dauntless I am, a prince of Orange,
I have always glorified the king of Spain

(Wilhelmus van Nassauwe, ben ick von Duitse bloed. Den vaderland getrouwe, blijf ik tot in den doet. Een prinse van Oranje, ben ik vrij onverveert. Den koning van Hispaniėn, heb ick altijd geėerd)

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