Queen Beatrix, princess Maxima put on headscarf for mosque visit

Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visits the Sheikh Al Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates, 8 January 2011. Queen Beatrix brings an state visit to the United Arabic Emirates 8 till 9 January. Photo: Patrick van Katwijk

From DutchNews.nl
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.

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4 Responses to Queen Beatrix, princess Maxima put on headscarf for mosque visit

  1. Gertrude says:

    I’m not sure about the point of this. In an Arab country, when visiting, of course – if you choose to visit a Mosque, then you would observe the religious dress code appropriate to your visitation. It bears no difference to the dress code observed when visiting the Holy Father.

    Personally, I would probably choose not to visit a Mosque, but when on ‘State’ or ‘Official’ visits I doubt the person concerned has much input.


  2. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    I read the header for this article with excitement. It is just what we need – a bit of trivia about trivial people.

    And the ‘piece de resistance’? – the queen wearing a beekeeper’s hat. What joy.


    Gertrude – why would you not visit a mosque? Seems unlike you…..but what do I know?


  3. Gertrude says:

    Whippy: I have visited mosques in a purely touristic way,and ensured I was dressed according to local convention (drew the line at a Burka though) and have seen some very beautiful examples of Arab architecture – but why would I want to visit a mosque for any other reason? If Our Lord was present in the Tabernacle, then…….


  4. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Yes I understand – you visit mosques for the same reason as I do. Initially I thought you meant you would never enter a mosque.


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