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Old 08-18-2003, 11:07 AM
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Palace Soestdijk, Baarn

Paleis Soestdijk - Baarn
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Old 12-03-2004, 04:56 AM
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The Present & Future Use of Palace Soestdijk

I hope that Maxima and Willem-Alexander will be living there. It is such a wonderful palace! But an expensive restoration in order to reside the cronwprince and princess is out of the question I think. They just settled in Wassenaar (which was quite expensive as well) and it would be more practical for them to live near The Hague.
Anyway, if I had my way they would move in and Constantijn and Laurentien could use the villa in Wassenaar?
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:32 AM
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I hope that Maxima and Willem-Alexander will be living there. It is such a wonderfull, warm palace! But a expensive restoration in order to reside the cronwprince and princess is out of the question I think, they just settled in Wassenaar (which was quite expensive as well) and it would be more practical for them to live near The Hague.
Anyway, if I had my way they would move in and Constantijn and Laurentien could use the villa in Wassenaar?
I hope and think that Her Majesty will not allow the palace where she spent her childhood, the familyhome etc will be turned into a museum. Soestdijk is the most 'private' palace the royal family has.
I hope that members of the family of could live there and allow certain areas to be open to the public during certain times of the year as a museum. I think that the Windsors do that with one of their estates.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:09 AM
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The Present & Future Use of Palace Soestdijk

Today minister Sybilla Dekker will announce what will be done with Palace Soestdijk in the future. The goverment has decided on friday in the cabinetmeeting about this matter. The family owned it since 1674 (bought by stadholder Willem III), in 1971 Juliana and Bernhard sold the palace to the state.

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Old 04-24-2006, 05:22 PM
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About Soestdijk: the minister announced that the palace will be open for the public the next 3 years. For 12,5 euros you can visit it. It is not clear what will happen to the palace afterwards, the RF has made it clear they do NOT want to live there or use it as a building for guests :(
What a waste....
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Old 04-25-2006, 05:31 AM
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Here's couple of pictures from ANP (by Cows Suyk) :

24-04-2006
SOESTDIJK - Minister Karla Peijs of VROM as a broker for Soestdijk Palace. The palace has not been sold, but will be open the coming three year for public. The former home of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard can be visited under accompaniment. Also lovers can look at the gardens around the palace. To expectation, the palace will open its doors in the fall.



SOESTDIJK - The floor plan stands indicated which are will be shortly open for public in Soestdijk Palace.

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Old 09-09-2006, 05:17 AM
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I read yesterday in ´Metro´ that Palace Soestdijk is the most likely building where the goverment will locate the ´National Museum´.
Under the circumstances one of the best destinations possible for the palace IMO.
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Dear Marengo, this National Museum wil not be located in Palace Soestdijk, but in The Hague.
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:46 PM
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From ANP, study of Prince Bernhard:



Kitchen and a room with presents for Beatrix & Claus:

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From ANP:

Sidestairs & the outside:



Glass corridor:

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Old 09-11-2006, 05:46 PM
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From ANP, some pictures:





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Old 10-03-2006, 05:54 PM
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Well, that is what the newspaper said. I believe there are still more cities competing for the museum btw, but it would be an appropriate role for Soestdijk, if it would never be used as a palace again.
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I have rediscovered the Alexanderpalace again: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org and came across several great pictures of Dutch palaces, some of which I will repost here.

The pictures were originally posted by their fellowposter Thijs and come from his own collection of books, most probably form the series 'In Naam van Oranje'.

Here pictures of Soestdijk Palace, Baarn.

Main Hall of Soestdijk Palace, not the portrait of Prince Bernhard on the right:

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Another picture of the hall, with a portrait of Queen Emma:




And another one, with on the right a painting of Prince Hendrik 'the navigator', son of King Willem III:



And the last one of this hall:

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Old 10-07-2006, 03:12 PM
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More rooms of Soestdijk palace (again as posted by Thijs on the Alexanderpalace forum):





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And even more, again by Thijs on the Alexanderpalace forum:

The Louvain salon, with on the background the future King Willem II.




The white dining room:



and more, the lady on the portrait was identified on the Alexanderpalace forum as Queen WIlhelmina, wife of King Willem I:

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Old 10-07-2006, 03:20 PM
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And more from Soestdijk Palce, still from Thijs of the Alexanderpalace forum.



and more:



another one:



and still one more:

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Backview of Soestdijk palace, again posted by Thijs on the Alexanderpalace forums.

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Old 12-01-2006, 10:24 AM
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Soestdijk Palace will be opened to the public in a few months. It is possible to book your tickets online (and read about the history of the palace to) on:

www.paleissoestdijk.nl
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:53 AM
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The interior, also ANP:

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd31.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd30.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd28.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd27.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd26.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd23.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd22.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd21.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd19.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd18.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd17.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd14.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd13.jpg

The weaponroom. The cannons were originally turned inside, but after the Lockheed affair either Juliana or Bernhard ordered them to be turned to the outside. Queen Juliana used this room for reunions with her student yearclub:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd20.jpg

Queen Emma used a shorter chair when she dined in the white dining room as she had short legs. To see the difference the chair was marked with a crowned 'E':
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd24.jpg

Winecellar:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd16.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd15.jpg

Private diningroom. The only person who dined here, outside the circle of family and friends was HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother:
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5...n/soestd25.jpg
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