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Old 11-16-2017, 11:17 AM
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I suppose they are not renovating the Hall of Knights, as that was done a few years ago? The Orange Hall is the most elaborate interior of the country, The Inner Court has nothing that can be compared to it.

It would not be surprising if the costs for the Inner Court will also exceed the budget. It always does.. .
But what is Huis ten Bosch? The Oranjesael with some state rooms in the central part, the original 17th C building. Plus two wings with beautiful salons, private appartments, guestrooms and that is it.

Huis ten Bosch is relatively small but maybe the quality is so exceptional. Anyway, everything connected with the Royal House (the maintenance of Huis ten Bosch, of De Groene Draeck, of the Glass- and the Golden State Coach, of a quay and a fence in Greece, or a pied-à-terre for Princess Beatrix, or the new airplane: all of these with unbelievable prize tags. I have a heart for the monarchy, but indeed: seeing these spendings, no wonder the Dutch Royal House is one of the most expensive...
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:19 PM
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When there is no incitament to keep prizes down there's no need to. I was at a student association budget meeting yesterday and the constant overspending by the administration is horrendous but there's no incitament to save because nobody tells them too. Maybe it's the same with the Oranjees? Nobody has told them to economize so the thought that they should be more careful with their spending hasn't occurred to them.
I'm not familiar with how the debate is in the Netherlands but if it had been in any other European monarchy constant overspending would've been a disaster PR-wise. Are all these houses and palaces paid for by the Royal house or by a Government agency?
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By coincidence I learned that from 1959 until 1980 former Prime Minister, Captain-at-Sea (Ret) Petrus Jozef Sietse ("Piet") de Jong lived at the 's-Gravenhaagse Bos 12 in The Hague. That is one of the staff houses in the park of Huis ten Bosch Palace.

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"Strange, for a Prime Minister, to live in a grace-and-favour house of the Queen" was my thought. I learned that Captain-at-Sea De Jong was an Aide-de-Camp to the Queen before he became State Secretary for the Navy (1959-1963), Minister of Defense (1963-1967) and Prime Minister (1967-1971).

Apparently the Queen offered the staff house to her Aide-de-Camp but did not evict him when he ended that function. In 1980 the former Prime Minister moved to Park Marlot in The Hague.

Picture - Captain-at-Sea P.J.S. de Jong leaving Soestdijk Palace - in his time as Aide-de-Camp to Queen Juliana.
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The Palace restoration is due to be completed later this year ,is there any news on a possible finish date?
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:28 AM
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The Palace restoration is due to be completed later this year ,is there any news on a possible finish date?
It is in the planning that the King moves to Huis ten Bosch at the end of this year.

The natural hardstone has been removed from the outside stairs and will be replaced with new hardstone (picture)

This was the 17th C hardstone, cracks are visible (picture)

The dome of Huis ten Bosch is completely covered in scaffoldings (picture)

The copper tiles of the dome have been removed because the woodwork of the dome will be renewed (picture)

The stucco in the Marot Chamber: the cracks have been "crabbed out" and will be refilled with new stucco (picture)

Detail of the stucco in the Chinese Salon, already cleaned (picture)

Also the tympanums are in restoration (picture)

New copper rain gutters for the building (picture)

The 1970's climate control is removed from the 17th C building (picture)

Bad parts of the fundaments are drilled away (picture)

Replacement of bad parts (picture)

Wood rot in some of the 17th C beams (picture)

It will be a lot of work before Huis ten Bosch will be ready again (picture)
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The Huis ten Bosch work must be costing a fortune! Would it be better to tear down and build new?
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The estimated cost is 59 million euros. Several millions go towards the removal of asbestos that would also be needed if they had decided to tear it down (and I sincerely doubt that would be cheaper to tear down and completely reconstruct a palace with both living quarters and representative quarters - and why tear down such a historic (it dates from 1645!) building?)


The main issue is that hardly any maintenance was done over the last 30 years, so it makes sense that they want to do it well this time before the king moves in with his family. Moreover, anticipated maintenance that would be needed within 10 years is done right now to avoid higher costs down the line.
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The Huis ten Bosch work must be costing a fortune! Would it be better to tear down and build new?
Um, I don't think 'tear down and build new' was ever an option regarding such a historic palace, or any historic architecture dating over 100 years old. It's either careful renovations, or let it be.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:14 AM
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The Huis ten Bosch work must be costing a fortune! Would it be better to tear down and build new?
It is a fortune but the State's Cultural Heritage Agency has a budget for it. For an example the Dom in Utrecht (picture) will get 30 million for the restoration. Soestdijk Palace (picture) will get 45 million Euro. The Central Station in Amsterdam (picture) will get 50 million Euro. And even historic infrastructural works like the Maastunnel in Rotterdam, the eldest tunnel in the Netherlands (picture) gets subsidy (262 million Euro). Soon the Inner Court Complex in The Hague (picture) will be restored for 475 million Euro. The preparations are under way. So it is just what the Dutch find worth preserving (or not).
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I had not known that Utrecht is such a big city. (Thanks for the photograph.) About my comment, I question the cost of the European monarchies. It must be costing so much to fix up that palace! Is it worth it? Mind you, what you're saying is that everything costs a fortune so why not the royal palaces too!!
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Last weekend the several emergency services held a drill at the grounds of Huis ten Bosch Palace. Among them were the fire brigade, ambulance, police and the royal marechaussee.

The drill was held in anticipation of the move of the king and his family to the palace. According to the RVD the services were "practicing for a situation that may occur when the family is living in the palace. The drill is held to keep the services sharp. If there ever is an incident on the grounds they will know what to do".

https://www.brandveilig.com/nieuws/o...en-bosch-56498

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The king supposedly will move in around christmas time, though the lack of recent information perhaps means that it is delayed.

I hope we will at least get to see some good photos of the renovated official rooms.
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Renovation work at Huis Ten Bosch Palace, The Hague on 17 December

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Renovation work at Huis Ten Bosch Palace, The Hague on 17 December

https://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed...ace,_the_hague
The brick walls and the roofs look like brand new. The guilding on the dome and at the ornaments is sparkly. It will be a fabulous residence for the King.

This year's Christmas Address will come from Noordeinde Palace, not from Villa De Eikenhorst. Because of the move, both De Eikenhorst as well Huis ten Bosch Palace are not suitable to record the Christmass Adress (which is always larded with exterior views from the park).

So this years Adress will be recorded in Noordeinde Palace, in the city of The Hague.
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Nice to see that the palace is almost done. It looks very good indeed.

I don't believe the palace had three flag poles above the main entry before, I wonder why that is? A Dutch flag in the middle and the standards of the king and queen to the sides?
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Nice to see that the palace is almost done. It looks very good indeed.

I don't believe the palace had three flag poles above the main entry before, I wonder why that is? A Dutch flag in the middle and the standards of the king and queen to the sides?
I think the Royal Standard in the middle, but during State Visits the national flag and the flag of the visiting country are flown as well at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Maybe they will introduce the same flag-protocol at Huis ten Bosch?

I prefer the old situation with only the Royal Standard.

I see the windows are now in dark paint. It looks more historical indeed. They did the same in Amsterdam: white windows replaced by brown windows.

Old situation with white windows: https://duurzaamgebouwd.lingacms.nl/...h_1_33Q4dK.jpg

New situation with dark-painted windows:
https://www.rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nl/...ansen-9050.jpg

The Royal Palace before the restoration, dirty walls and white windows:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._Amsterdam.jpg

The Royal Palace after the restoration, clean walls and brown windows:
https://media.iamsterdam.com/ndtrc/I...5e7bfb23d6.jpg
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Yesterday the news had a short item about Huis ten Bosch. If the royal family loves Villa Eikenhorst so much, why move to this palace then? Answer by Paul Rem, conservator of Het Loo: because the King is head of state to whom several palaces are at disposal. Huis ten Bosch is for centuries linked to the dynasty, build for Frederik Hendrik van Nassau, Prince of Orange, and his spouse Amalia von Solms. The King is expected to maintain a royal state and to uphold the dynastic dignity.

By the way: the palace will not be finished in 2019. Only the private apartments. The renovation and restoration works continue in the state rooms. For the move a sort of party tent has been set in front of the palace, so that the costly furniture and artworks loaden from vans into the building keep dry.

Anti-terrorism obstacles (sinkable into the alleys leading to the building) have been constructed. The original cast iron fence has been replaced by a moated anti-terrorism fence around the whole complex. The vulnerable parts are the gates, but there bullet proof glass panels have been constructed, so that the royal family and high guests can feel safe.
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Yesterday the news had a short item about Huis ten Bosch. If the royal family loves Villa Eikenhorst so much, why move to this palace then? Answer by Paul Rem, conservator of Het Loo: because the King is head of state to whom several palaces are at disposal. Huis ten Bosch is for centuries linked to the dynasty, build for Frederik Hendrik van Nassau, Prince of Orange, and his spouse Amalia von Solms. The King is expected to maintain a royal state and to uphold the dynastic dignity.



Why doesn't the Royal Family move back then to the Het Loo Palace, which is far more befitting to the "dynastic dignity" than Huis ten Bosch ?
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Seems like this restoration work will go on for ever at the Huis ten Bosch Palace.
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Why doesn't the Royal Family move back then to the Het Loo Palace, which is far more befitting to the "dynastic dignity" than Huis ten Bosch ?
With exception of Queen Juliana (who used Huis ten Bosch for representation but lived at Soestdijk Palace) all Princes, Stadtholders, Kings and Queens have had their residence in The Hague, the seat of Government, Parliament, the High Colleges of State, the departments, etc.

Het Loo was primarily a countryside retreat for the Oranges. Only Princess Wilhelmina (in the period 1948-1962) used it as her main residence. As Queen she also used the same two palaces as WA: Noordeinde and Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. Noordeinde is also the largest palace despite the optical illusion of the 16th C façade of a city mansion.
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Seems like this restoration work will go on for ever at the Huis ten Bosch Palace.
From what I can see, it is more finishing touch which needs to be done: from new silk wallhangings to cleaning, re-wiring and re-gilding the chandeliers, from carefully placing back restored doors with Japanese lacquer to re-laying the cleaned and restored parquet floors etc. The technical installations, the climate control, the new windows and doors, the new lighting scheme, the marble ornaments, the stucco works, the roofs, drainage, pipings, all seem ready now. So probably in Summer 2019 it will be finished.

Like at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, also all furniture is carefully checked, cleaned, restored, re-upholstered, piece by piece, in specialized ateliers. No wonder it takes time. After this, gigantic restoration works will begin at the Inner Court complex where Parliament houses. The restoration of Huis ten Bosch did cost 63 million Euro. The Inner Court will at least cost 10 times more. But tja, it is national patrimonium.
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