Royalty rides in


Equestrian statue of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, January 2019

This statue by T. R. van der Pant was commissioned by the Amsterdam Contact Group of Women’s Organisations in 1964, and unveiled in 1972. It is quite a contrast to what was initially requested: they had wanted to portray the “war queen” at her desk addressing the people, but the artist suggested a younger queen, and probably wanted to show her skills in animal sculpture.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 February 2019

Posted as part of All Seasons

4 thoughts on “Royalty rides in

  1. A lovely statue (I have taken this one years ago in a very different light), and didn’t know the title. It came to mind that how they saw the queen must have shaped the view of the Dutch’ women of themselves (which is still very prevalent right now) with a “can do” attitude (the “we have no rights” here, is still foreign to me!)
    Many thanks for this cultural contribution to All Seasons, Debbie!

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