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Queen Beatrix, princess Maxima don traditional robes for mosque visit

Sunday 08 January 2012

Queen Beatrix's 50th state visit of her reign began on Sunday in Abu Dhabi with a visit to the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.

The queen and princess Maxima both wore long gowns and covered their heads for the visit to the Sheikh Zayed grand mosque, the queen tucking a blue headscarf around her hat.

Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV, used the microblogging service Twitter to describe the queen's appearance as 'sad' and asked why the government had not stopped this happening.

A spokesman for the state information service said the queen and Maxima covered their heads while in the mosque to show respect for the UAE's traditions. The queen always adapts to traditions in the countries she visits, the spokesman is quoted as saying by the Volkskrant.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I really can't believe the reactions this has had today in Holland.That's what sad.Such narrowed minded bigots.

By Jason | 8 January 2012 7:01 PM

Actually Jason, the very big majority of reactions this had wasn't negative at all. Most comments I read were about the hypocrisy of Wilders' reaction.

By pepe | 8 January 2012 9:46 PM

I would think that Wilders would be happy that they integrated with their host country. I thought that is what Wilders wants all foreigners to do in NL, so whats the problem? Or is this yet more hypocrisy from Wilders...

By Quest | 8 January 2012 10:13 PM

I was recently in Milan where women (tourists) whose skirts are too short or whose shoulders are bare, are refused entry to the Duomo (cathedral)! I wonder what Geert, who was raised a Catholic, feels about this?

By William | 9 January 2012 12:29 AM

I think it's truly awesome that Beatrice and Maxima showed this respect, and represented the Netherlands in the way they did.

By Bill | 9 January 2012 6:07 AM

I think chiefs of State from Europe should not pay visits to temples of non-European religions, in Europe or elsewhere, but that is just my view.

By Andre L. | 9 January 2012 8:48 AM

Geert Wilders always pretend to defend "christian-jewish" values against the so-called "islamization of Europe". Well, you would think showing respect for the culture of your hosts when visiting their location where they pray is an essential part of such values he always praises so much. And how would his wife dress when she visits the Pope in Rome?

By Frits | 9 January 2012 10:27 AM

Geert Wilders' reaction contradicts his own claims that one must respect the values and customs of the host country. What he really wants is the whole world to follow his own beliefs and customs, which is un-democratic and racist. If the Queen should go there dressed as if she were in NL, than we should not insist on muslims shaking hands with women here, for instance.

By Leon | 9 January 2012 11:03 AM

We were in Abu Dhabi last week and we also did the tour round the Grand Mosque.
Every woman, whether Princess or Pauper has to wear an abaya and cover their heads regardless of religion so it's not like Beatrice and Maxima went out of their way to be respectful... they wanted the tour, they had to cover up.

By Mrs S | 9 January 2012 4:05 PM

What exactly is a non-European religion anyway? I see a wide variety of various religious groups worshiping here in Europe. Sounds quite discriminating already!

By Bill | 11 January 2012 7:14 AM

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