Great Britain, relations with

   Aside from several early modern tradeand colonialwars, the Batavian Republic–French pe riod (1795–1813), and the Boer War, Dutch–British relationships have been friendly. In 1582, the province of Holland sent its first permanent ambassador to England, and during the Dutch Revolt, the English Queen Elizabeth I gave assistance to the Dutch revolutionaries. In 1795, Stadtholder William V obtained asylum in England, and in 1940, Queen Wilhelmina and the Dutch government were welcomed in London as partners in the war against Nazi Germany. After World War II, Britain and the Netherlands cooperated in in ternational organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza tion (NATO) and the European Union (EU). There are also strong economic relations between both countries.
   See also Foreign relations; William III of Orange (1533–1584).

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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