Wilhelmina

(1880–1962)
   Queen of the Netherlands. She suc ceeded her father, King William III, in 1890; during her minority un til 1898, her mother, Queen Emma, was regent. During the British blockade of South Africa around 1900, Wilhelmina won international respect when she ordered a Dutch Navyship to evacuate Paul Kruger (1825–1904), the defeated president of the Transvaal. She married Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876–1934) in 1901, and they had one daughter, Juliana, in 1909. Wilhelmina had a strong personality. She succeeded in raising the prestige of the monarchyduring World War I and especially World War II, when the queen and the Dutch government lived in exile in London. The Dutch people could hear her stimulating voice on Radio Orange during this war. The decolo nization of Indonesia was a bitter pill for her to swallow. She abdi cated in favor of her daughter in 1948 and thereafter lived in the Het Loo palace, near Apeldoorn. In 1959, she published her autobiogra phy, Eenzaam maar niet alleen [Lonely but Not Alone].

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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  • Wilhelmina — von Oranien Nassau Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria von Oranien Nassau (* 31. August 1880 in Paleis Noordeinde, Den Haag; † 28. November 1962 auf Schloss Het Loo), Prinzessin von Oranien Nassau, war von 1890 bis 1948 Königin der Niederlande. Von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wilhelmina — Wilhelmina,   Königin der Niederlande (1890 1948), * Den Haag 31. 8. 1880, ✝ auf Schloss Het Loo (bei Apeldoorn) 28. 11. 1962; folgte ihrem Vater, König Wilhelm III., 1890 auf dem Thron, bis 1898 unter der Vormundschaft ihrer Mutter, Königin… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wilhelmina — Wilhelmina1 [wil΄hel mē′nə, wil΄ə mē′nə] n. [Ger Wilhelmine, fem. of Wilhelm: see WILLIAM1] a feminine name Wilhelmina2 [vil΄hel mē′nä] (born Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria) 1880 1962; queen of the Netherlands (1890 1948) …   English World dictionary

  • Wilhelmina — Wilhelmina, Königin der Niederlande, geb. 31. Aug. 1880 im Haag, Tochter Wilhelms III., folgte diesem 23. Nov. 1890 unter Vormundschaft ihrer Mutter, der Königin Emma, 1898 selbständig, vermählt 7. Febr. 1901 mit Herzog Heinrich von Mecklenburg… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wilhelmina I — (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of Orange Nassau) 1880 1962, queen of the Netherlands 1890 1948 (mother of Juliana). * * * …   Universalium

  • Wilhelmina — f German: feminine version of WILHELM (SEE Wilhelm), formed with the Latinate suffix ina. This name was introduced to the English speaking world from Germany in the 19th century. It is now very rarely used. Variant: Wilhelmine. Cognates: Swedish …   First names dictionary

  • Wilhelmina I — (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of Orange Nassau) 1880 1962, queen of the Netherlands 1890 1948 (mother of Juliana) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wilhelmina — /wil euh mee neuh, wil hel /; Du. /vil hel mee nah/, n. 1. Mount, former name of Trikora. 2. a female given name: derived from William. * * * (as used in expressions) Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina Wilhelmina… …   Universalium

  • Wilhelmina — noun of origin; the female form of Wilhelm (William). She comforted herself however, on the first appearance of her pregnancy, that so odious a surname should be qualified in her children with the genteelest and most elegant Christian names that… …   Wiktionary

  • Wilhelmina I — /wɪləˈminə/ (say wiluh meenuh) noun (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of Orange Nassau), 1880–1962, Queen of the Netherlands from 1890 until her abdication in 1948 …   Australian English dictionary

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