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Old 08-31-2017, 02:13 PM
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I hadn't realised Princess Margriet and her family use to live in the Palace? How come they moved out?
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:45 AM
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The princess and family indeed lived in a wing of the palace. In 1971 the government decided that the palace -which was mostly unused and falling apart- would be renovated extensively and that it would become a museum. This new destination for the palace made a move of the princess and family necessary. A friend of the couple designed a bungalow close by, they moved in oktober 1975.

A few years ago the bungalow was stripped and completely redesigned. The result is more fortunate than the original monstrosity.

In newspaper articles of the time, it is often said that Queen Juliana would move to Castle Het Oude Loo after her abdication -which of course she never did.
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:37 AM
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The house of Princess Margriet in 1970's state: picture

The house of Princess Margriet after the last upgrade (unrecognizeable): picture

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Palace Het Loo when Princess Margriet was the resident: picture

Palace Het Loo after Princess Margriet left (unrecognizeable): picture
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Old 12-30-2017, 05:53 AM
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With the start of the new year, Palace Het Loo will close the doors for three years. Another Dutch palace in scaffoldings for three years.

It will get an underground extension for the many artefacts and objets d'art of the Orange-Nassaus which remain in depôt because of not enough exhibition room. The extension will be in front of the palace (like the Louvre in Paris).

Unlike the famous glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, the demand was that the 17th C view of the palace would not be changed. It will result in a "glass parterre" under water, giving the idea of a fountain, instead of the grass, This glass parterre will be the disguised glass roof of the underground extension.

The view on the bassecour now:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._Het_Loo_3.jpg

The view on the bassecour in 2021:
https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...rchitecten.jpg

The "glass parterre" the glass rooftop disguised as a fountain:
https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...rchitecten.jpg

As said the palace will keep the 17th C look. In one of the side entrances there will be an unspectacular entrance which will give access to a spectacular underground foyer and museum:
https://www.architectuur.nl/wp-conte...s-Het-Loo3.jpg

This side entrance leads to the foyer below, to the garderobes, the museum shop and the entrance to the premises:
https://www.architectuur.nl/wp-conte...s-Het-Loo5.jpg

These are the underground stairways leading to the exhibition rooms under the bassecour, the light comes the "glass parterre", the glass roof disguised as a fountain:
https://www.architectuur.nl/wp-conte...s-Het-Loo7.jpg

Yesterday in the news it was told that a gigantic load of asbestos will be removed. Behind all the splendour of the palace, there is asbestos, as back in the 1970's (the last big renovation) this was seen as fantastic fire protection material.

For an example, every centimeter behind this green silk of this fabulous gallery is in fact covered with asbestos as a fire protection:
https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...erstraaten.jpg

The exhibited State Rooms will have a more logical routing, a few rooms will be added as well. For an example Prince Bernhard's salon. The father of Princess Beatrix found a room with beautiful 18th C paintings and it was updated to 1950's standards for his daily use. Only a black-and-white picture exists of this room (yesterday in the News on TV it was a surprisingly colourful dreamlike scenery, due to the enormous wallpaintings):

https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...r-Bernhard.jpg

It is as colourful as the salon of Prince Bernhard's predecessor, Prince Hendrik, which is open for the public:
https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...ns-Hendrik.jpg

The new exposition rooms will have room for special topics. For an example, a reconstruction of the diner table for the German Emperor Wilhelm II:
https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...nno-Mulder.jpg
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The digging for the underground extension has begin. The fountain at the basse-cour is removed in the meantime: https://www.facebook.com/PaleisHetLo...9590113384804/
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Seems like they have been going on forever,must be near the end now!
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Not at all. A huge underground extension will be made. The palace is closed for years to come.
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The site is one big mess now for the realisation of a big underground extension of the palace: https://www.hartvannederland.nl/wp-c...018/04/loo.jpg

In the end it should look like this (the bassins will disguise the glass roof of the underground extension): https://www.paleishetloo.nl/wp-conte...is-Het-Loo.jpg
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The basse-cour on November 16 2018:

https://www.destentor.nl/apeldoorn/k...d01/136475832/
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The basse-cour on November 16 2018:

https://www.destentor.nl/apeldoorn/k...d01/136475832/

I do not know what to think about it. The restorators stress that the 17th C look of the palace will be totally respected. But the idea that there is a massive underground extension somehow takes away the originality of this glorious house of William III and Mary.


I come to this idea after visiting Schloss Charlottenburg, which was amazingly restored after heavy bombings in WWII. The restorators did a good job, but the idea that it was all "new" gave the Schloss a Walt Disney-feel to me.





I hope and pray that Het Loo will remain that fabulous 17th C residence of the Oranges and manage to keep the feeling that any moment Mary Stuart could leave her boudoir.
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