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« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2017, 11:44:59 AM »

Mourning attire differs a bit in certain countries and with different religions (cath-vs luth.) and of course with age and relation between mourner and deceased.
The widows cap is indeed something that Victoria brought into fashion.
Usually a period of strict mourning was regarded for the death of a husband or a father, which lasted around 6-12 months depending on the religiosity of the family. Adult mourners wore black, at the end dark grey was accepted. After this period, the family went into half mourning, women were allowed to wear very dark colours such as dark grey, dark brown and purple.
As women would traditionally cover their hair with hats and caps in polite society (and most others just as well) of course the widow would do so too. However since most hats and bonnets were quite adorned with embellishments, those would not do.
Veils on the other hand are deeply steeped in women's attire: a bride wears a veil for her wedding, a nun wears a veil, so to mark the transition into this new stage of womanhood, the widowhood, it makes sense that women turned to the veil again.
And to close the cycle: the bonnet in various drab colours but also white, marked the respectability of a grown-up woman. Again, the widows cap had to somewhat manage the balance between mourning (plain, somber) and showing off your status in society, your wealth and position.
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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2017, 01:06:35 PM »

unique color film of the funeral of Wilhelmina

http://nos.nl/artikel/214...-uitvaart-wilhelmina.html
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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2017, 01:15:32 PM »

The year 1934 was a disastrous year for Wilhelmina. In late March Queen Emma died. Her husband Hendrik followed her in July. Prince Henrik had first proposed to hold a "white funeral. During the ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft was spoken about reincarnation. The color 'white' was associated with the new sunlight shone again during the funeral. This was seen as a call for new life.

After the white funeral of Hendrik Wilhelmina also chose the color white on her own funeral. She believed in the resurrection and had  set some rules for her funeral. So she wanted an open Bible on her chest rather than signs of kingship. This was to be opened up to Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John.

Wilhelmina died at the palace Het Loo on 28 November 1962. The funeral took place on 8 December of the same year. She got the white funeral she wanted. Wilhelmina lay in a white coffin and the vehicle and the clothing of the horses of the funeral procession were white. The hearses carried the body of Wilhelmina  from Het Loo palace to palace Het lange Voorhout in The Hague. By carriage, the coffin was brought to the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, where a funeral service was held.

The funeral was not only special because of the style, but also because it was the first royal funeral that was broadcast live on a large scale and on Dutch national television. After the public portion Wilhelmina was carried into the crypt, where the family could take  silent farewell without the cameras.
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« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2017, 04:40:53 PM »

Dutch Royalty Expert Netty Leistra wrote a nice blog about the Wilhelmina peppermints:
https://www.nettyroyalblo...rmints-a-collectors-item/
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