New to the Netherlands will spend this week informing you about the Dutch Royal House, starting with: Why is the Netherlands a monarchy?

Since 2013 the Netherlands has a king. His name is King Willem-Alexander. For years his mother Beatrix was the queen of the Netherlands with at her side her husband Prince Claus. In 2013 she abdicated the throne to her son Willem-Alexander.

That the Netherlands is a monarchy is due to the French occupation of the Netherlands from 1795 until 1813. You can see how that happened in this video.