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Five Beautiful Dutch Portraits on Display
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Five Beautiful Dutch Portraits on Display

On Sunday I just had enough time to pop into the Groninger Museum in my hometown Groningen. From King’s Day, 27 April 2018, until 17 May the portraits Photographer Erwin Olaf took of Queen Máxima and her daughters Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane for the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander, were on display […]

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New Plans for the Noordeinde Palace Square
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New Plans for the Noordeinde Palace Square

I remember thinking during my last visit to The Hague, The Netherlands, last November, that the area in front of the Noordeinde Palace looks a bit shabby. It turns out there were already plans to make changes. Work has started on 15 January and it will likely take a year. There will be more space […]

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An Unusual Royalty Related Statue in The Hague
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An Unusual Royalty Related Statue in The Hague

Last week Kathleen Van Lierop from Belgium on her blog posted “A new, quirky royal statue” in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Not royal you’d say unless you read the whole story and it turns out the two skeletons are actually two countesses from the Middle Ages returning to their city after 800 years. I thought the statue […]

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Royal The Hague
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Royal The Hague

In the weekend of 4 and 5 November the yearly Royal Gatherings in The Hague, organized by the European Royal History Journal and Booksellers Van Hoogstraten, is being held again. Most tourists visiting the Netherlands go straight to Amsterdam. The Hague is not really on the list of many people. But for us royalty watchers […]

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The Dutch Crème Calèche
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The Dutch Crème Calèche

It maybe isn’t the Glass Coach nor the Golden Carriage, but the Crème Calèche certainly is one of the more known carriages in the Royal Stables of the Netherlands. When the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina turned 18 and ascended the throne, her mother, Queen Emma, bought her a new carriage. Queen Emma’s wish was that the […]

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Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet

In 2015 an attempt was made by a London dealer to sell Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet to a buyer, who wanted to export the coronet. In August 2016 the British Government put a temporary block on the sale. The Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) […]

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The Love of Empress Elisabeth of Austria for Zandvoort
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The Love of Empress Elisabeth of Austria for Zandvoort

What do Empress Elisabeth of Austria and the Dutch beach resort Zandvoort aan Zee have in common, you’d say? Why is the Empress, nicknamed Sisi, remembered here on the Dutch coast? The Dutch doctor Johann Georg Mezger (1838-1909), whose parents originally were from Württemberg, Germany, studied medicine and graduated in 1868. He specialized in physiotherapy […]

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