Originally Posted by Susan D
If an item is given as a wedding present by diplomats, it ought to stay with the Monarchy; if an item is owned privately, it's none of our business.
A wedding gift to Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 1936 is a wedding gift. It is the royal family itself which has established the policy that gifts are not sold.
So they were right with tagging the René Lalique glassware present as private property of the late Queen Juliana. But as it was once a gift, a second tag had to be added: "Not to be sold". That is the own policy of the royal family itself. There is no any requirement or legal regulation which says that gifts can not be sold. Look at e-Bay the day after Christmas: gifts everywhere put up for sale.
As generations advance (what have the Guillermos, the Ten Cates, the Van Vollenhovens and the Brenninkmeijers to do with once a gift to their great-grandmother or great-great-grandfather?) the restraint to sell items will be lesser and lesser. To prevent gifts to be sold, the royal family has set up a Foundation to preserve gifts. When this foundation would ever to be dissolved, these gifts go to the heirs of the late Queen Juliana.
The Royal House (not the same as the royal family) has set up another foundation, for gifts to the King in the framework of State Visits or Official Visits. When that foundation is dissolved, these gifts go to the State.