Tag Archives: Palaces

The Hannover Brothers

  April 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm by

Prince Ernst August Junior, as he is being called these days in the German press, is the heir apparent and eldest son of Prince Ernst August V, The Prince of Hannover. In his 27 years, the junior Ernst has cleverly managed to stay under the radar, despite his father’s high-profile marriage to Princess Caroline of Monaco, a marriage that had the added allure of juicy gossip about infidelities and public … Continue reading

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Princess Caroline visits Palazzo Vecchio

  October 17, 2010 at 7:31 am by

In the past week, Princess Caroline of Monaco paid a visit to the Palazzo Vecchio in the city of Florence, the capital of the Florentine province of Tuscany, Italy. The tour of the Palazzo Vecchio included the Uffizi Gallery and the Boboli Garden. Wearing her trademark sunglasses and pashmina scarf for her tour of the palace, the Princess showed that she was an impassioned student of culture. The Princess, according … Continue reading

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Firemen called to the Grand Ducal Palace

  February 5, 2010 at 8:27 am by

Earlier this morning, the fire department of Luxembourg City was called to attend to a fire at the Grand Ducal Palace. They arrived to find smoke coming from the windows of the palace’s basement, where the laundry rooms are. It is believed a faulty washing machine or dryer is the cause of the small fire, which caused damage to only minor parts of the palace limited to the laundry rooms. … Continue reading

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Royal Palace of Laeken in Top 3 Ugliest Buildings

  November 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm by

The Royal Palace of Laeken was nominated third in a list of ugliest buildings of Belgium. Groep Jan Stallaert, a building/demolishing company, organised the contest in which people could nominate the ugliest buildings in Belgium. The group would then offer to demolish the winner for free. The Royal Palace of Laeken came out third in the list. However, the first two nominees are suspected of cheating, so it is still … Continue reading

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Reopening of the Palace of Oscarshall

  August 21, 2009 at 4:40 am by

In 2005, the renovations of the Palace of Oscarshall started. In autumn 2006 it was closed for the public. The palace will be reopened for visitors on august 26th. The King and Queen of Norway already attended the official opening of the castle on August 20th. The Palace of Oscarshall is situated on the peninsula of Bygdøy, in Oslo. The palace is built on a rise, with a garden sloping … Continue reading

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Open House: Frederik and Mary’s Future Home to go Public

  July 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm by

The future home of Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their two children will be open to the public next year, so the public can view the recent renovations which have been taking place since 2004. Frederik VIII’s Palace, formerly Brockdorf’s Manor, in Amalienborg will be open to the public from February 28 to May 30. The Palaces and Properties Agency announced the news earlier this week, with BT … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Celebrates At Her Old Home

  June 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

On Saturday morning princess Margriet did not have to travel far to her first official activity: she visited the neighbouring palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Here the princess attended the opening of the new terrace and the restaured ‘historical viewpoint’ in the garden of the palace. The opening also marked the 25th anniversary of palace Het Loo as a museum. Princess Margriet, her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven and their sons … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Reopens the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

  June 14, 2009 at 7:00 am by

Yesterday queen Beatrix reopened the royal palace on Dam square in Amsterdam. The palace was closed for 3,5 years as the interior was adapted. The palace, that was originally built as a city hall in 1648, got new kitchens and bathrooms, furniture was restaured, 45.000 kilo of asbestos was removed and the chandeliers that were found on the attic were restaured and used in several rooms of the palace. The … Continue reading

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Calls To Extend Public Access to Buckingham Palace

  June 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm by

Buckingham Palace is to many an emblem of the British Monarchy. According to reports however, it is also a palace in need of some serious renovations. It is argued that the palace should open its doors to the public more often to fund the repairs and renovations. In total, renovations needed for the royal estate (not just Buckingham Palace) are expected to amount to £32 million, more than double the … Continue reading

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Haga Palace: Fit for a Newlywed Couple

  April 23, 2009 at 7:07 am by

It was revealed today by the Royal Court that Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé, Daniel Westling, will settle and raise their future family in the Haga Palace. The Swedish Government, which previously had the right to use the Palace, made the decision today to return the Palace to King Carl XVI Gustaf for his personal use. The King in turn offered use of the Palace to his eldest daughter, … Continue reading

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On the Trail of Henry VIII

  April 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

Dr. David Starkey says that we can learn much about the life of Henry VIII by visiting his residences, the most well-known of which is Hampton Court. Dr. Starkey is amazed by the Tudor royal’s “prodigious accumulation.” He is describing a neglected aspect of Henry’s reign: the number of houses and palaces he owned. When Henry became king in 1509, he had a mere 12 or 13 palaces and castles … Continue reading

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Royal Greenhouses in Laeken open to the public

  April 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm by

From today the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken are open to the public again, for about three weeks (17 April to 10 May). As usual, the first day of opening is reserved for the press only, who are allowed to marvel at the exotic flowers, which are in full bloom now. The Royal Greenhouses were built under the reign of Leopold II by Alphonse Balat, a famous Belgian architect who was … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – day 2

  March 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Monday was the second day for the Belgian Prince and Princess in Mexico. In the morning, they visited the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, and his wife, Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, at the official Presidential residence Los Pinos in Mexico City. The couple also laid a wreath at the Chapultepec monument. After that, the Presidential and Royal couples visited the Castle of Chapultepec, which was the residence of Emperor Maximilian … Continue reading

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Parents of Máxima Are Not Moving To Huis ten Bosch Palace

  March 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm by

Two weeks ago it became clear that the royal family had asked the city counsil of The Hague for permission to change the destination plan of the estate of Huis ten Bosch Palace, so that three extra guest houses could be built. The RVD stresses that there are no concrete plans to build anything though. Last week gossip magazine Prive claimed that one of the guest houses would be built … Continue reading

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Sale of Salem Castle Will Be Signed On 19 March

  March 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

Tuesday it was announced that the renovation of Schloss Salem will cost 47 million euros. The costs will however be spread over a period of 25 years. In the upcoming 10 years the costs will be 20 million euros. Last year the former Grand Ducal family of Baden announced their intention to sell the castle, that is located near the Bodensee in Southern Germany. After a few unsuitable potential buyers … Continue reading

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Future of Soestdijk Palace Still Unclear

  February 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm by

  Newspaper De Telegraaf claims that they have secret information about the future of Soestdijk. In the secret report ‘Royal Heritage as Example’ of the Rijksgebouwendienst (RGD) it says that the costs of restauration and conservation of the palace will be very high, which makes it impossible to turn the palace into a museum, instead the advice is that the palace will transform to a conference center for topics like … Continue reading

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