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Sat Jan 15, 2022, 04:24 AM

Netherlands king losing the carriage after criticisms about the Dutch colonial past

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch king ruled out Thursday using, for now at least, the royal family’s “Golden Carriage,” one side of which bears a painting that critics say glorifies the Netherlands’ colonial past, including its role in the global slave trade.

The announcement was an acknowledgement of the heated debate about the carriage as the Netherlands reckons with the grim sides of its history as a 17th-century colonial superpower, including Dutch merchants making vast fortunes from slaves.

“The Golden Carriage will only be able to drive again when the Netherlands is ready and that is not the case now,” King Willem-Alexander said in a video message.

One side of the vehicle is decorated with a painting called “Tribute from the Colonies” that shows Black and Asian people, one of them kneeling, offering goods to a seated young white woman who symbolizes the Netherlands.

Read more: https://vifreepress.com/2022/01/netherlands-king-losing-the-carriage-after-criticisms-about-the-dutch-colonial-past/

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Sat Jan 15, 2022, 05:55 AM

1. Sounds like a piece headed for a museum

At some point and I believe that is probably the best place for it.

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Sat Jan 15, 2022, 05:58 AM

2. Sell it to TFG

He wanted to ride in a Royal carriage when he was in England but the queen denied him that privilege.

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