Dutch King Willem-Alexander announced in his video message that the ‘Golden Car‘, which is used every year at the opening ceremonies of the legislative year of the parliament and causes controversy in the country, will not be used until “the Netherlands is ready for this situation”.
In his speech, pointing out that banning historical objects and symbols is definitely not a solution, Willem-Alexander said, “There is no point in condemning and eliminating what happened in the past by looking at history today.”
On the left side of the car is a painting titled ‘Homage from the Colonies‘, a picture of blacks and Asians presenting a gift to a young white woman representing the Netherlands.
The use of the ‘Golden Car‘ was opposed
Activists opposed the use of the car because of the Dutch’s role in the slave trade and their history of colonialism.
It was stated that the car in the Amsterdam museum will be exhibited in a public part of the museum after the Dutch King ‘s announcement.
The ‘Golden Car‘, which will not be used in the ceremonies of the Royal family for a while, was given comprehensive care after it was last used in ceremonies in 2015.