On 30th of April 1980 Queen Juliana abdicted the throne after 32 years of serving
the Netherlands. On this date Princess Beatrix became queen. What
had to be a beautiful day turned out to be a day spoken after for a
long time. Around 1980 there was a lot of miscontent among youngsters
about the housing of students and young people who were protesting against
real estate companies. They broke into unused housing and blocked them.
Their slogan during those days was "Geen woning, geen kroning"
(No housing, no coronation). During the coronation procedure in the
Great Church of Amsterdam the rumours of fighting in the streets could
be heard inside. Television footage was shown all over the world.
Police managed to keep the rioters far enough from the festivities so
that the day continued without real major disturbancies. All personell
participating in the event were eligible to wear this medal.