Battling Beatrix wades into row

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Battling Beatrix wades into row

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, on a tour of the Gulf states has intervened in a row stirred up by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party at home.

It asked questions in parliament inferring she had “legitimised the oppression of women” when wearing a headscarf to mosques in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and again on Thursday in Oman.

The Queen called the claims “real nonsense”, an unprecedented frankness when discussing a domestic political party.