Editors. "William I of Holland abdicates in favour of his son". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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William I of Holland abdicates in favour of his son, William II, who rules until 1849. His decision to surrender power comes about as a result of constitutional changes which the conservative William saw as unacceptable. What was more, having just lost the territory of Belgium over religious differences, the fact that he wanted to marry Henrietta d'Oultremont, a Belgian Catholic, was highly unpopular with his Duch subjects.