Dutch queen cocks snook at anti-Muslim campaign

Dutch Queen Beatrix took on the fiery leader of her country’s anti-Muslim party yesterday by dismissing as “nonsense” his criticism of her decision to wear a headscarf during a recent visit to a mosque.

The queen made an unusually forthright comment to Dutch reporters covering her state visit this week to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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The popular monarch was responding to questions from reporters about parliamentary questions filed by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, who called the monarch’s decision to cover her head on a visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi on Sunday “a sad exhibition” that “legitimises the oppression of women”.

It is rare for the queen to respond so directly to criticism from a political party. The Dutch government has announced plans to ban burqas.