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Old 02-16-2008, 07:30 AM
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Prince of Orange sells Noordeinde 66 to the state

The Prince of Orange has sold his office on Noordeine 66 (next to the palace) to the state last year. The Prince bought the house in the early 90-ties from his grandmother Queen Juliana for 750.000 guilders (approx 340.000 euros). He sold it for 3.250.000 euros to the state, who will use the building to locate the security of the palace. Note that he sold it at least 500.000 below the estimated value!

I wonder where the Prince, Maxima an their staff will put their offices now, I suppose in the main building of Noordeinde palace, maybe the Prince will use the office of his late father?

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Old 02-16-2008, 02:06 PM
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Interesting. I think that it is nice that he sold the building below value to the state.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:20 PM
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At least 500.000,as it would do a whole lot more then that on the market.

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Why was this sale even necessary?
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:14 PM
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It wasn't necesairy at all, but maybe the Prince wants to use/invest the money elsewhere. His offices will probably be removed to Palace Noordeinde, which makes sense as he, his wife and the Queen seem to work as a team, like the Queen used to do with Prince Claus. Anyway, the house stays a part of the Palace-complex, so it is a good deal for the RF too.
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It wasn't necesairy at all, but maybe the Prince wants to use/invest the money elsewhere. His offices will probably be removed to Palace Noordeinde, which makes sense as he, his wife and the Queen seem to work as a team, like the Queen used to do with Prince Claus. Anyway, the house stays a part of the Palace-complex, so it is a good deal for the RF too.
how far is from where he lives? too much driving?
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how far is from where he lives? too much driving?
You mean from Eikenhorst to Noordeinde?
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:28 PM
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From Eikenhorst to Noordeinde should be 15 to 20 minutes, if traffic isn't jammed. Though I recall once that I was driving on that road (Rijksstraatweg) and saw flashing police lights behind me and the police ordered us to go to the side and they drove with some AA cars through red light and stuff. So I guess if they are in a hurry they can make it in 10 minutes
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maybe this is a dumb question, but what is an AA car?
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All the official cars of the RF have a numberplate starting with the letters AA, followed by two numbers. So the cars are sometimes referred to as AA cars.
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From Eikenhorst to Noordeinde should be 15 to 20 minutes, if traffic isn't jammed. Though I recall once that I was driving on that road (Rijksstraatweg) and saw flashing police lights behind me and the police ordered us to go to the side and they drove with some AA cars through red light and stuff. So I guess if they are in a hurry they can make it in 10 minutes
thank you so much for your asnwer, yes i suppose they have the power to arrive where they want in the time they need or want!
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:11 PM
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thank you so much for your asnwer, yes i suppose they have the power to arrive where they want in the time they need or want!
It is not so much about having the power to do so,but also a safety precaution,as in this way they are not an easy target to any fool.
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The Socialist Party (SP) asked questions in parlament about the purchase of Noordeinde by the state. The party tries to manilulate the public feelings by insinuating that the price of the house has gone up 815% in these 15 years while normal houses inb The Hague went up 146% The party failed to acknowledge that the Prince was able to purchase the house considerably below the marketprice, as he bought it from his grandmother, and that he sold the building under the marketprice too.

The party also suggested that the purchase was not neccessairy but the minister of Interior Affairs proved them wrong, apparently it was on the advice of the National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator that the building was purchased by the state!

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:16 AM
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And for those who can read Dutch, the awnsers of Minister Ella Vogelaar on the questions raised in parlament:


http://www.vrom.nl/get.asp?file=docs...2008020778.doc

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Old 03-18-2008, 01:35 PM
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The house was sold to the government on the advice of the NTCb,the national coordinator in the fight against terrorism.

To easy an object to attack by those creeps.

Was on Royalblog/newspapers over a week ago.

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The Socialist Party is asking more questions about the matter. Now they are asking the minister if the state owns any other properties near Noordeinde (so I suppose a 3rd round of questions will be coming too, as they probably want to know why the security could not be located in the other buildings that the state aready owns)

A second set of questions is about if the state invested any money in the house over the last years. I suppose that when the awnser will be 'yes' they will make a point that why on earth the state still had to pay so much if they were the ones responsible for the increasing value in the first place.

In over-all the SP seem to have the impression that the state financed the prince's bank account.

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The Socialist Party is asking more questions about the matter. Now they are asking the minister if the state owns any other properties near Noordeinde (so I suppose a 3rd round of questions will be coming too, as they probably want to know why the security could not be located in the other buildings that the state aready owns)

A second set of questions is about if the state invested any money in the house over the last years. I suppose that when the awnser will be 'yes' they will make a point that why on earth the state still had to pay so much if they were the ones responsible for the increasing value in the first place.

In over-all the SP seem to have the impression that the state financed the prince's bank account.

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