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Old 12-27-2013, 10:18 AM
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Any news on a date fe when the king and queen will move in? Not that they want to be seen to kick princess Beatrix out but as it's the next big thing for them and the girls I imagine in a way they want to get it over with and settle down
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Piet Oudolf will make a new plan for the layout of the gardens of Huis ten Bosch. mr. Oudolf is one of the best in his line of business and created among other things the Gardens of Remembrance in New York.

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I wonder if much will be changed, for now the park is mainly in the English style. I wonder if they try to reconstruct some elements of the park as it was when it was built in the 17th century.

Aerial view of the gardens:

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Apparently the renovation of the palace and gardens will cost 20 million euros. I wonder what they will do for that amount of money. The issue will undoubtably lead to questions in parlament.

http://denhaagfm.nl/2014/08/27/verbo...-miljoen-euro/
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I would like a restoration of the 17th C gardens but then why this landcsape architect whom uses to create new lay-outs rather than restoring old gardens? I am amazed about the amount. It is a private palace, only for the King and his family. Now it is a lush, green and secluded garden. I wonder where is the need for such an extensive change?



But... looking at this picture... yes... a baroque garden in front of the palace would help: http://images.memorix.nl/rce/thumb/1...07780d33ed.jpg

The old garden was completely destroyed because in WWII the Germans used the palace park as a base to launch V1 and V2 missiles to England. The present front garden was a provisoric one but is now there for 60 years...
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I am not sure if the money is only spend on the garden, it must also include the refurbishment of the private quarters and perhaps a few other updates.
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Queen Beatrix, known as a perfectioniste pur sang, started her Reign with extensively restored palaces. During her Reign all palaces were kept very well maintenanced to the highest standards. Sometimes even additional (and very expensive) restorations were done, like the magnificent Oranjesael in Huis ten Bosch Palace. Also buildings as the Royal Mews in The Hague, the building of the Royal House Archives and Fagel's Dome (a garden pavillion in the park of Noordeinde) were restored into perfection.

The Royal Palace Amsterdam was in scaffoldings for a long time for a major restoration which brought back the old palace in old and new royal splendour. Het Loo Palace, once the summer residence of the Orange-Nassaus, was completely brought back into 17th C state, it required demolishing of later added floors and annexes. The English landscape park was completely returned into one of the world's most beautiful baroque gardens.

And now this major renovation of Huis ten Bosch Palace again... Having been at the the Palais Royal in Brussels, Buckingham Palace in London and the Palacio Real in Madrid, really.... the Orange-Nassaus have the luck that the Dutch Government is so generous by once again updating the already spic-and-span looking palacesto the wishes of His Majesty...

The Belgians can only dream of it. I can already hear the nagging in the hostile Belgian media. The Nassaus in Luxembourg however can enjoy the pleasure of having perfectly maintenanced and restored palaces as well, like their Orange-Nassau cousins. I have never been at the palais grand-ducal in Luxembourg, but what I saw from it around the wedding of Guillaume looked perfect.
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I wish the Dutch government would help us out over here with Buckingham Palace!
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I like the starkness of the approach to the palace. It looks formidable, as it should.
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At Het Loo Palace there was an English landscape garden as well, like now at Huis ten Bosch Palace. The palace was also plastered in white and during centuries changed with extra floors and annexes. In the 1970's and 1980's the palace was brought back into 17th C state.

Before: http://resources21.kb.nl/gvn/SFA03/S...22820253_X.jpg

After: http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-ge...630-099-A3.jpg

Huis ten Bosch Palace had a baroque garden as well.

This is the original lay-out: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._ten_Bosch.jpg

This was right after WWII - the whole park destroyed by the Germans, for their V1 and V2 missile launchers: http://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/240631

This was some 35 years ago: clearly an English landscape garden: http://www.anp-archief.nl/attachment/2257878

This was last year: a helicopter lands near Huis ten Bosch Palace, see how green it has become: http://media.nu.nl/m/m1mzxc1a4seb.jpg
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