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Old 09-12-2020, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Prinsara View Post
The Netherlands may not be Britain, but Wilhelmina was absolutely adamant in searching for a Protestant bridegroom for Juliana. I always assumed that was law, but I suppose it could have been personal conviction and religious fervor.

Not sure what she would make of Maxima!
When Wilhelmina returned to the Netherlands after the war, one of her first acts on Dutch soil was to attend a High Mass of Thanksgiving in Breda Cathedral, so she obviously had no problem with Catholicism.

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Old 09-12-2020, 04:17 PM
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Mixed religion marriages were frowned upon by most people in the 1930s - not necessarily because they had a problem with other religions, but just from a "stick to your own kind" mindset, and the idea that it was important for future generations to be kept within the religious fold. Times have changed a lot since then. We'd all see things differently if we lived in different times.

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Old 09-12-2020, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Iain View Post
When Wilhelmina returned to the Netherlands after the war, one of her first acts on Dutch soil was to attend a High Mass of Thanksgiving in Breda Cathedral, so she obviously had no problem with Catholicism.
The Great- or Our Lady's Church in Breda, with 6 centuries old Nassau graves, is a Protestant church.

On 1410 build as Catholic Church - seven years earlier, in 1403, Breda came in hands of the Nassaus as fief to the Duke of Brabant. In 1566 King Philip II of Spain, Duke of Brabant, confiscated all properties of Willem I of Nassau, Prince of Orange.

1577 Protestant - Breda conquered by Willem I van Nassau, Prince d'Orange
1581 Catholic - Breda conquered by Alessandro Farnese e Parma, Duca di Parma
1590 Protestant - Breda conquered by Maurits van Nassau, Prince d'Orange
1625 Catholic - Breda conquered by Ambrogio Spinola Doria e Grimaldi, Marchese di Balbases
1637 Protestant - Breda conquered by Frederik Hendrik van Nassau, Prince d'Orange

All Catholic elements were removed and an empty Protestant interior was the result. Right opposite the pulpit still is the - quite simple- bench for the Prince and Princess of Orange.


Picture: usually a bench is decorated with flowery arrangements when the King or Queen uses it. Right after the return of Queen Wilhelmina in Breda, 1945, it was sparse.

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