In the Netherlands during this period, official attention shifted to the colonies that remained loyal to the House of Orange. For the first time in Wilhelmina's reign, a volume was published that was dedicated entirely to the ‘six Caribbean pearls’ in the Dutch crown (that is, the West Indies).
Of the five books that were published in 1948 to commemorate Wilhelmina and Juliana's historic year, two were totally silent on the ‘bonds’ that such volumes normally celebrated between the Netherlands, the House of Orange
The Dutch colonial world during Queen Wilhelmina’s reign,
preside over the modern Dutch empire in its most complete form, when it comprised Suriname in South America, the six Caribbean islands of the Netherlands West Indies (Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and the archipelago then known as the East Indies, now Indonesia. It was during Wilhelmina's reign that Dutch sovereignty in this archipelago expanded to the borders that her heir, Juliana, inherited in 1948, and then ceded to the Republic of Indonesia the following year.
Queen Wilhelmina was the figure who loomed large