King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cut short their holiday to Greece after facing criticism for travelling during the pandemic, on October 21. Photo: Getty Images
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cut short their holiday to Greece after facing criticism for travelling during the pandemic, on October 21. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Royal scandals, from the modern Netherlands to ancient China, help make the case for republicanism

  • Misbehaving monarchs, whose positions of power are inherited not earned, always make headlines
  • Ancient China’s Gonghe period, when the country was governed without a king, gave its name to the Chinese word for republic

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cut short their holiday to Greece after facing criticism for travelling during the pandemic, on October 21. Photo: Getty Images
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cut short their holiday to Greece after facing criticism for travelling during the pandemic, on October 21. Photo: Getty Images
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