But being neither Danish nor Dutch, this is just my outsider observation.
: It all depends on the timing and reasoning
: behind it. Normally most people respect the
: wishes of a dying or deceased individual.
: 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.
: --Previous Message--
: 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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