End of an era: the golden carriage of the king of the Netherlands was sent to the museum
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will no longer be able to use the golden carriage. Traditionally, once a year, on Prince's Day, the monarch drove up to the parliament in The Hague in it to present the budget. But recently the rules have changed, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, the Amsterdam Museum launched a campaign to combat the term “Dutch Golden Age” as it recalls the colonial past. Thus, the country plans to rename paintings with “racist” names and galleries, once named after slave traders.
As for the golden carriage, on its left door there is a panel, which is very politically incorrect, at the present time. It is called “The Worship of the Colonies” and depicts black aborigines bowing to a white woman (the symbol of Holland). The same student gives them the Bible in return.
The panel caused violent controversy in society. At first it was planned to restore the carriage, but in the end it was decided to temporarily place it in a museum in Amsterdam. The final fate of the carriage has not yet been decided: progressive members of society demand to leave it in the museum, conservative ones – to return it and use it according to tradition. Still others believe that the decision must be made by the king himself.
Earlier it was reported that New Zealand may abandon its name, coined by the Dutch. The Maori party is pushing for the return of the name in the indigenous language, Aotearoa.