Monday, 29 April 2013
Our World Tuesday, The Netherlands,
Tomorrow our new King will have his inauguration. He will not be crowned, but his crown will be lying on a table together with the other regalia. The reason why the Crownprince will not be crowned is that this inauguration is a state affair. There is a separation of Church from State. So there cannot be a member of the church ( in this case the Dutch Protestant Church) to crown him. In a former post I said that the crown was too big and too heavy for the royal heads, but that was of course meant as a joke. ;) Lol.
"In 1840, when King Willem I abdicated and a new crown was made. This small crown contains no real diamonds or pearls. It was made of gilded silver, balls covered with fish skin and glass with coloured foil behind it. The lining was made of red silk. Willem II and his successors chose not to wear it, but to leave it on a special table during the ceremony when both the King and the States-General take the oath.The crown was used in royal funerals.
In 1898, 24 of the 74 pearls were removed as the crown was prepared for the installation of Queen Wilhelmina. The crown has not changed since then. It was the monarch's private property until 1963. It was given to a foundation controlled by the Royal Family and has never been on display, except for the investitures of 1898, 1948, 1980, a funeral in 1934 and an exhibition in 1990."
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