Palace Noordeinde, The Hague
Paleis Noordeinde - Den Haag
I returned yesterday from a short break in the Netherlands with my husband.
As you can imagine I tried to fit in as much royalty as possible.
We were actually staying in Amsterdam but made a day trip to The Hague which
impressed me so much more than Amsterdam. We took a royal bus tour which showed
all of the royal sites of The Hague. I greatly enjoyed this and would advise anyone
visiting The Hague to do this. On our walk around the town I was struck by a
restaurant called Maxima’s garden. I loved the Dutch parliament buildings, the Peace
Palace and the Hans Holbein exhibition in a gorgeous mini palace close by.
I was stunned by the Nordeine Palace. It seemed completely out of place and very
small. I was quite shocked to find an ice crean van sitting outside the gates but it was
very nice ice cream!!!
Some images from the halls in Palace Noordeinde:
first picture from: teamuitstapje.nl
second one from: foto.denhaag.org
last one from: reformatorischdagblad.nl
Palace Noordeinde was on fire in 1947, here a picture from Corbis.
Queen WIlhelmina always hated that palace, which reminded her of her isolated youth (Juliana never used it either and Beatrix only started using it, after renovations in 1984). During the war Wilhelmina once asked an airman: I don't suppose you could throw one on Noordeinde Palace' (meant as a joke of course). In 1947, when a courtier told Wilhelmina that the palace was on fire, she replied: now you don't think that I lighted that fire, do you?
In old photgraphs of Paleis Noordiend there are no gates. Does anyone know when and why the gates where erected?
I believe that they only appeared after Beatrix decided she wanted to use the palace, so during the restoration from 1980-1984. Before that the palace was terribly neglected (as both Juliana and WIlhelmina disliked it) and even used for the school of Social Studies.
Thijs at the Alexander Palace forums is a real treasure. He posted pictures of Palace Noordeinde, The Hague as well.
Staircase with a painting of King Willem I:
The library. On the left a paining of future King Willem III with his brother Alexander. On the right their brother Hendrik with Sophie, future Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar:
The great dining room with paintings of the descendants of King WIllem I:
The Marot dining room:
a detail from the dining room:
the balcony room:
pictures again provided by Thijs on the Alexander palace forum.
The first red salon, on the wall a portrait of Queen Emma:
The first red salon in the days of Queen Wilhelmina, when it was still the great antichambre:
The second red salon in the days of Queen WIlhelmina, when it was the audienceroom:
pictures provided by Thijs at the Alexander Palace forum.
The first state guestroom, the portrait shows Empress Catherine II, the great of Russia:
Fireplace of the first state guestroom. Note the painting in the mirror. It is Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, mother of Queen Anna.
the second state guestroom:
again pictures provided by Thijs at the ALexander Palace forum.
Here two pictures the drawingroom of Prince Hendrik, husband of Queen Wilhelmina. The pictures provided by Thijs at the Alexanderpalace forum:
Another picture of the drawingroom. On the wall pictures of his mother and grandmother and himself. The landscape is probably his native Mecklenburg:
Noordeinde, the Queen's 'official residence' in The Hague
Noordeinde is quite a strange palace. Someone who will not know better, might think: 'Ugh... how small...' while it is quite a big building.
The architects managed it to hide the large extensions so, that the 16th century stately residential house remained completely intact.
Click on the pictures to enlarge.
The pictures are stored on my Photobucket account.
Noordeinde, the 'Old Court' build 1533, making it one of Europe's eldest royal residences in original architecture from 1533.
front cour of the Old Court at Noordeinde,
Noordeinde means: 'end of the north (avenue)'
The majestic gate of Noordeinde, with the Queen's arms
The front cour of Noordeinde, with guards
Backside of Noordeinde, the large additions were build in 1814
The main entrance at the backside
The Queen leaving Noordeinde at the backside:
the man in blue is a footman in daily tenue
the man in jaquet is one of the Queen's secretaries
the man in costume looks like a bodyguard from the escorting security car
Noordeinde is situated in the middle of densely populated The Hague. Not visible from the street is a hidden treasure: a wonderful park at the backside.
The park is partly accessible for the public. In the park there are also the building of the Royal House Archives and the Royal Stables.
You can see the tower from the main entrance to the Stables between the trees.
The main entrance from the Royal Stables in The Hague (seen from the public street).
Also this building is build around the invisible royal park behind Noordeinde.
The Royal House Archives. All valuable and antique books, miniatures, drawings, etc. are stored in this special building. In the 1990's Princess Juliana privately funded millions for a spectacular enlargement deep into the ground, to keep the park intact. Items from the more than 600 years of Orange-Nassaus in the Low Countries are safely stored here. The director is directly supervised by The Queen.
Pictures of palace Noordeinde, the parc and stables here:
The documentairy about ther Prince of Orange showed that Palace Noordeinde and the office of the Prince both continue in buildings that were built next to it (on both sides of the palace). So that would mean that the Palace is renting out the lower spaces to shopkeepers :) Here a building that is part of the complex: http://www.denhaag.nl/Pics/dso/Monumentenzorg/Q12.JPG
Well, judging tfrom the documentairy it seems that the office of the Prince of Orange is in that house now. Couture from The Hague, sounds so enormously chique and rather Eline Vere-like ;)
The royal website has some information in Dutch about the palace, look here.
And take a virtual tour of the palace here.
Posted by Joris on the Benelux Royals MB:
The Ballroom, copyrights expired:
And a picture of the white room, here.
A website with the floor plan of the palace:
Indeling Noordeinde 1e verdieping
Courtesy: John R at the BRMB
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