Sovereign Principality of the United Netherlands
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|Sovereign Principality of the United Netherlands
Soeverein Vorstendom der Verenigde Nederlanden
Principauté Souveraine des Pays-Bas Unis
"I will maintain"
Wilhelmus van Nassouwe
"William of Nassau"
|Historical era||Early Modern|
|-||Driemanschap||20 November 1813|
|-||Constitution adopted||29 March 1814|
|-||London Protocol||21 June 1814|
|-||Anglo-Dutch Treaty||13 August 1814|
|-||Congress of Vienna||16 March 1815|
The Sovereign Principality of the United Netherlands (Dutch: Souvereine Vorstendom der Verëenigde Nederlanden) was a sovereign principality and the precursor of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, in which it was reunited with the Southern Netherlands in 1815. The principality was proclaimed in 1813 when the victors of the Napoleonic Wars realised a political reorganisation of Europe, which would eventually be defined by the Congress of Vienna.
After the liberation of the Netherlands in 1813 by Prussian and Russian troops, it was taken for granted that any new regime would have to be headed by William Frederick, the son of the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, William V and Frederika Wilhelmina. William Frederick returned to The Hague, where in December he was offered the title of King by the Driemanschap. He refused, instead proclaiming himself "Sovereign Prince of the Netherlands".
Upon the reunification with the Southern Netherlands in 1815, William Frederick proclaimed the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, with himself as King William I.
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