Margriet and Pieter have already stated they will not rest in Delft but at a specially created tomb at 't Loo.
This was before any work in Delft took place intended for them.
Hendrik who as far as we know is not a dying man decided to alter the funeral plans already started some time ago for his wife and himself. According to the statements it is not because he and the Queen are estranged but because he and the queen do not hold equal rank and he feels as he is not treated equally to the female consorts of male monarchs he should not be treated like them in death. Many people even in an emancipated country like Denmark don't understand that reasoning and the timing is off as as well. All resulting in the fuss we see now.
: I don't think that the Dutch people would
: have objected to such a wish Marianne. Like
: you said, prince Claus was much respected
: and like in the case of prince Friso, the
: people would also fully understand the idea
: of Queen Beatrix to have the grave of her
: beloved husband nearby.
: --Previous Message--
: Let me ask you this question: the late
: Claus, who had been very ill for the last
: years of his life, now suppose .. he
: & his wife Beatrix had agreed upon the
: fact that at the time of his death he would
: be buried at the cemetery near Castle
: Drakensteyn, where they had spent many happy
: years of their married life - from 1966
: until Beatrix became Queen in 1980 - and
: where their sons grew up (and where Prince
: Friso is buried now!) would the Dutch public
: have objected to such a decision?
: Prince Claus was never comfortable in his
: role as Consort to a reigning Queen and he
: too had started his career as a diplomat, so
: he too (like the Danish Consort) had been
: fully aware of the status as a Consort and
: all of its obligations.
: Prince Claus had a difficult start in
: married life due to his German roots but was
: fully accepted in later years, thanks to his
: tireless efforts to be useful &
: effective in his new role.
: So, my question to you all now is ... would
: you think it would have been
: thinkable/acceptable if Prince Claus had not
: been buried in the Royal Vault in Delft at
: the time of his death but buried 'just
: around the corner' of the home he enjoyed
: the happiest years of his years with his
: wife & sons and which would offer
: Beatrix (and their sons) the opportunity to
: visit his grave in all peace and quiet,
: which is not possible in Delft.
: (The Royal Crypt in Delft is not accessible
: and nothing like the Roskilde Cathdral where
: all royal graves can be viewed/pictured
: through iron-wrought gates).
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