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William III and his coinage


Because Willem III's father liked to be in Brussels, William III would be born in Brussels in 1817. At the French-speaking court where William III grew up, he would mainly be called Guillaume. Guillaume's full name was Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk. The Alexander and Paul he is named after were his Uncle Alexander I of Russia and his Grandpa Paul I of Russia respectively; both Tsars of the Russians. The rest of the names had been popular in the Orange and Nassau genera for centuries.

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Willem II and his coinage


At the Dutch court mainly French was spoken. It was the neat language to distinguish yourself from the mob. It is therefore not surprising that Willem had a French-language version as his nickname: Guillot. As a boy of two, he had to flee with his family from the land of which he would later be king; to Berlin in Prussia. There Guillot would grow up at the Prussian court and start at the military academy at the age of eleven. 

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William I and his coinage


Contrary to what you might expect, King Willem I is not the first king of the Netherlands. That was Louis Napoleon. This younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Holland by the dictator pur sang. Lodewijk Napoleon had yet to win the heart of the Dutch. After centuries of being a republic, they suddenly became a monarchy.

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