Re: rings - thanks
Posted by LittleMo on July 5, 2012, 3:36 pm, in reply to "rings"
Thanks John, that is fascinating background to those of us who are 'foreigners' and don't know that sort of detail |
: There has been a TV-programme about her half a
: year ago or so and one of the items in it
: was about the fact that Maxima wore her
: weddingring in the Catholic fashion.
: The programmemakers did draw the conclusion
: that she still was a real catholic (if I
: remember correctly also Alexander wore it on
: his left hand).
: Which in itself is strange because they put
: it during the wedding-ceremony on the right
: They might have changed it now because
: Willem-Alexander said in 2001 that the House
: of Orange would remain protestant and they
: probarbly didn't like the fact that this
: TV-programme made such a fuss about it.
: We should keep in mind that the House of
: Orange has a very fervent following in the
: socalled Biblebelt (part of Holland where
: people are predominantly very religious and
: of the most fanatic protestant
: This group still exists of some 500.000
: Dutch citizens and has its own schools,
: newspaper, political party and although not
: always clearly visisble still real influence
: on a lot of things...
: I think the Royal family/court tries to keep
: these people "on board".
: Because of the very prominent secularisation
: of our country a lot of this half a million
: people are becoming more and more critical
: towards the Dutch state, government and
: other institutions etc.
: They have always been the most loyal and
: supportive fans of the Queen and the
: Monarchy but are increasingly becoming more
: and more critical towards the Royal family
: because of Alexander and Maxima's Mondaine
: lifestyle (working on sundays, mingling with
: the stars and celebrities, costly
: holidayhomes, gay-friendlyness etc.)
: Ofcourse neither Maxima nor Willem-Alexander
: will change big time but in changing the way
: they wear their weddingrings into the
: protestant fashion they have given a subtle
: signal to apeace this not so small group.
: They have thrown them a small fish as it
: were .
: I think changing the rings from the catholic
: to the protestant hand right after the
: TV-programme would have been to obvious so
: that she waited a few months but has changed
: it now.