Dutch king-in-waiting faces pressure to take pay cut
Prince Willem-Alexander does not ascend to the Dutch throne for another two weeks, but pressure is already growing on him to take a pay cut in these times of austerity, with a survey showing that 70 per cent of people think he should earn less than his mother.
Queen Beatrix, who officially abdicates on 30 April, takes home €850,000 a year. But most people surveyed by RTL news thought that between €250,000 and €500,000 would be a more appropriate salary for her son. About 17 per cent said he should get less than €100,000.
Republicans have started a campaign to lower the monarch’s pay, and are trying to get the 40,000 signatures needed to trigger a debate in parliament. They also want to force royals to pay taxes – a stance 83 per cent of those surveyed agreed with.
“If you look at the demands of the job, it’s totally out of proportion,” said Hans Maessen of the New Republican Fellowship, which wants to abolish the monarchy. “We are asked to live more simply and save money, but the Queen isn’t part of that deal,” he added.
They want the monarch to get €150,00 a year, in line with the Prime Minister’s salary.
The 75-year-old Queen enjoys broad support in the Netherlands. She announced in January that – like her mother before her – she was giving up the throne to the next generation. But in another hitch, organisers have been forced to abandon plans to release 150,000 helium balloons to mark the coronation after environmental groups complained that they could harm local wildlife.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...