Dutch seventeenth century paintings censored by British royal

A Village Fair with a Church Behind, by Isaac van Ostade, censored version

After what happened to Bronzino … after what happened to Nicolas Poussin … after what Silvio Berlusconi did to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Prudish British monarch had Dutch painting painted over

Today, 17:51

A man crouching in a corner of the market, defecating. The British royal family did not like that and had the 1643 Dutch painting painted over. Curators from the private collection of Buckingham Palace have found out, and have restored the painting.

It involves A Village Fair with a Church Behind by Isaac van Ostade. The discovery was made in the preparations for an exhibition of masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age.


In 1810 the painting was purchased by King George IV. But he is, according to the British curator, not responsible for the censorship of the scene. “He was a man of the world and had no problems with indecent scenes.” One of his successors who appreciated the scene less will have ordered this camouflage.

Quinten Buvelot, curator at the Mauritshuis museum, says it is not clear when the censorship was done, but is not surprised. “In the Victorian era, people were more prudish. This happened at many more times.”

Buvelot is on behalf of the Mauritshuis involved in the exhibition. He calls the find no exception. “The Dutch painters showed many details. Also a different painting from that collection was painted over.”

Jan Steen painting, uncensored version

That is a Jan Steen from 1673. On it, a man peeing was painted over. An X-ray scan discovered that detail earlier, and the work was restored.

The Dutch curator is pleased that the paintings will soon hang in their original state in the The Hague museum. “You want to show them as the artist intended.”

Starting next week, you can see the 27 paintings at Buckingham Palace in London. End of September next year, the exhibition will travel to the Netherlands. Until early 2017 the works will be in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

Queen’s restorers discover man relieving himself in royal collection painting – but can you find him in the picture? Here. See also here.

Saudi royal accused of sexual and drug abuse

This 25 September 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud Arrested On Sex Crime Charge At L.A. Mansion

From the Tribune in Pakistan:

I am a prince and I do what I want, said drugged-up Saudi royal

October 21, 2015

A Saudi prince, who was arrested last month at his LA mansion, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male aide,

For homosexuality, you will get the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. Well … you will get it if you are a commoner … I am not so sure about royal family scions. As in Saudi Arabia, like in quite some other countries, there is one law for commoners, and one, other, law for royals and for other elite people.

taking cocaine

For anything to do with drugs, you will get the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. Well … you will get it if you are a poor Pakistani … … I am not so sure about royal family scions. As in Saudi Arabia, as in quite some other countries, there is one law … etc.

and threatening to kill women who refused his advances — as well as sexually assaulting a maid, Daily Mail reported.

Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is now facing a series of allegations in a civil case brought by three female staff members of his Los Angeles mansion.

The staff has accused him of repeatedly making unwanted sexual advances while being drunk and high at his $37 million mansion in Beverly Hills and even forcing them to watch a male aide pleasure him, according to court documents.

The staff claims that the royal threatened to kill one of the women when she refused to ‘party’ with him and jumped on top of another and began rubbing himself against her in a “sexual and aggressive manner”.

He also attempted to urinate on the trio while screaming, “I want to pee pee”. When asked to stop, Al Saud allegedly then yelled, “I am a prince and I do what I want. You are nobody!” Another female staff member has alleged that she was made to watch while a different male aide bent over and broke wind in Al Saud’s face, apparently at his request.

These disclosures about the prince were made after felony charges were dropped against him by Los Angeles District Attorney due to lack of evidence. The case has now been passed to LA city attorney Mike Feur who will decide whether to pursue misdemeanour charges – which could lead to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine should he be convicted.

The women who had been employed by the prince to look after his Wallingford Drive mansion say that they still have not been paid and are hoping to recover their lost earnings. They allege that the 29-year-old prince threw a party on September 21 and arranged for “multiple escorts” to attend. As the evening progressed, he became “increasingly intoxicated” and was seen engaging in “illicit drug abuse”.

The next evening he threw another party where he “continued to engage in heavy drinking, cocaine use and more escorts came to the residence”.

The day after that, he attempted to urinate on the three women but was dragged away by an assistant before he could so. However, he returned ten minutes later and the incident in which he rubbed himself against one of the women occurred. When she attempted to reason with him, saying, “I’m a woman” he screamed, “You’re not a woman, you are a nobody! I’m a prince and I will do what I want and nobody will do anything to me!”

The terrified women, who had often witnessed the prince physically abuse the male staff, hid on a balcony but were told by an aide to get back to work and that they were not supposed to have any breaks. One of them was then told to pour a drink for the prince and was subjected to a violent assault that left her badly bruised. When they attempted to leave, they found that they had been locked in by the aides. It was then that the royal threatened to kill the third woman, telling her, “You are going to go upstairs. I will be there in two minutes and you’ll do whatever I want. If not, then I’ll kill you.” Al Saud then, it is alleged, became even more agitated and began to “scream and make animal like sounds.”

The women managed to escape the house but had to return the next day to collect their personal possessions. The aides assured them that the prince would not bother them again but if they left then they would have to forfeit their wages. They were locked in again and when they next encountered the prince, he was masturbated by another man. Al Saud then ordered them to watch. One of the woman was also asked to “lick my whole body” by Al Saud in exchange for payment and says he became aggressive when she refused.

Finally, police was called when the prince’s girlfriend, who he had earlier accused of having sex with another man in the bathroom of a club the previous evening, and the original complainant were found covered in blood, crying and shaking. Al Saud was then arrested and led away by the LAPD, allegedly screaming, “No news!” at onlookers.

Al Saud has not been seen at his rented $37 million Beverly Glen mansion since his arrest late last month and is thought by neighbours to have fled the country.

Saudi prince arrested on sex crime charge is late King Abdullah‘s son: report here.

Three US women claim sexual assault by Saudi prince in Beverly Hills mansion. The women who were hired as housekeepers in Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud’s home say the prince made sexual advances and harassed them and other staff: here.

British nazi plot to murder princes making Prince Harry king

This video says about itself:

Redheaded Man Convicted for Plotting Terror Attack

22 September 2015

Mark Colborne was convicted on September 22nd for plotting a terrorist attack with cyanide.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Breivik fan’ arrested for plot to kill princes

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

A WHITE nationalist was convicted of plotting to kill Prince Charles yesterday, to enable his son Harry to become king.

Mark Colborne, 37, likened himself to Norwegian fascist terrorist Anders Breivik and said he would launch a gun attack “for the Aryan people.”

He bought ingredients for deadly poison cyanide over the internet, stockpiling dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, jurors were told.

But Mr Colborne was arrested in June after his half brother uncovered chemicals and papers detailing his racial hatred stashed in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.

The court heard the convict felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man and also suffering from agoraphobia and depression.

In notebooks found in his “very cluttered” bedroom, Mr Colborne observed: “I would sacrifice my life for that one shot. Kill Charles and William and Harry become king. Kill the tyrants.”

If Colborne’s murder plot would have succeeded, then Prince Harry would have become King Henry IX.

The first king of that name since Henry VIII (1491-1547). Henry VIII is infamous for having ten thousands of people beheaded or otherwise killed.

This music video from Britain about King Henry VIII says about itself:

Horrible Histories-divorced, beheaded, died. Song lyric.

Nazi Colborne may have hoped that his crimes would lead to a regime bringing back beheading. Beheading, like also happened in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. And which the fuehrer of the French national Front, Marine Le Pen, wants to bring back.

Colborne seems to have preferred Prince Harry to other royals for having red hair like Colborne himself.

And maybe also for Prince Harry’s taste in fancy dress costumes.

This 2005 video says about itself:

Wiesenthal Centre, Duchess, react to Harry Nazi costume

Around the world on Thursday, newspapers and TV stations reported on the anger generated by a picture of Britain’s Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi.

In the US, the story was headline news for papers like the New York Post and was covered extensively by all TV networks.

Jewish leaders also reacted strongly to the photograph, which showed the prince at a fancy dress party, wearing a Nazi desert uniform and a swastika armband.

The head of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged the 20-year-old royal to go to Auschwitz for the upcoming anniversary marking the liberation of the former Nazi death camp.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the centre in Los Angeles, said it was “unacceptable” for the prince to disgrace “the memory of the Holocaust and…of those who gave up their lives to defeat Nazism”.

“Writing a prepared statement handed out by Buckingham Palace is an insufficient manner of dealing with this,” he added.

A spokesman at Clarence House, the London residence of the prince’s father, Prince Charles, on Thursday insisted that sending Harry to the ceremonies at Auschwitz was “not something we would be considering”.

Thailand dictatorship banned Orwell’s 1984, now New York Times

King of Thailand in Bangkok hospital on 1 September 2015, while employees kneel for him, photo by EPA

After censorship, self-censorship …

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Thai edition of New York Times not published because of article about royal family

Today, 11:42

The publisher of The International New York Times in Thailand did not print today’s edition, because there was an article in it about the future of the Thai royal family. “The article is too sensitive to publish,” said the printer. In Thailand there are strict rules for public discussion about the royal family.

The article discussed the deteriorating health of the 87-year-old King Bhumibol and uncertainty about the survival of the monarchy. It says that the crown prince is known as a playboy and that it will be a chore for him to equal the prestige and status of his father. The newspaper writes that many Thai hope that the daughter of the king, who is much more popular among the population, will succeed the king, but that the law forbids women on the throne.

Lese majeste

Thai subscribers received an email from the newspaper stating that it was the decision of the local publisher to not let the newspaper appear today. “The decision is not supported by The New York Times,” the email says, and readers are refered to the online version of the newspaper.

Overt criticism of the royal family or the monarchy in Thailand can lead to imprisonment up to 15 years for treason. The number of convictions has increased considerably since a military junta in May last year has taken power in Thailand. According to human rights organizations this is part of a larger campaign to silence critics.

Thailand royal insult case: Second suspect dies in as many weeks. Suriyan Sucharitpolwong was admitted to hosital and Thursday and died of natural causes on Saturday, said the Department of Corrections: here.