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Old 04-21-2020, 03:29 PM
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I was reading that Huis ten Bosch was built for Amalia of Solms-Braunfels,Princess of Orange the wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange the youngest son of William the Silent and Louise de Coligny.
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Thank you that's interesting. Yes I was aware of the role of the stadtholder. The revolt of the Netherlands is a great story of the struggle for freedom.
Moved my respons to the topic about William of Orange/The Silent to avoid derailing this topic even further.
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I can't say I care much for Queen Máxima's office, the strong colors would drive me nuts. But I don't have to work there of course & as Duc says it did not do any damage to original interiors. The King's office is nice enough, lots of natural light and a nice view to the garden. Just the (lack of) book selection is a bit disappointing. I could even spot a book about skiing, which I am not sure is very related to his work .
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And, also, as THE founding father (of the Orange dynasty and therefore of the country); even though he lived long before king Willem I (but in-between they had 'reigned' as 'stadtholders'). The literal translation from Dutch would be 'Father of the fatherland'.
I think that Willem of Nassau, Prince of Orange was the Pater Patriæ indeed but not the founder of the Orange dynasty in the Netherlands. That honour goes to Engelbrecht I von Nassau-Dillenburg, who married the 11 years old (!) Jehenne de Polanen in 1403, heiress to a dazzling fortune. This marriage would make this German noble family amongst the wealthiest and most powerful nobles in the Low Countries.

1403 Engelbrecht I von Nassau-Dillenburg married Jehenne de Polanen, Lady of Breda
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1442 Johan IV van Nassau-Breda
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1475 Johan V van Nassau-Breda
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1515 Hendrik III van Nassau-Breda married Claude de Chalon, princesse d'Orange
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1530 René van Nassau-Breda, prince d'Orange
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1544 Willem I van Nassau-Dillenburg , prince d'Orange
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I can't say I care much for Queen Máxima's office, the strong colors would drive me nuts. But I don't have to work there of course & as Duc says it did not do any damage to original interiors. The King's office is nice enough, lots of natural light and a nice view to the garden. Just the (lack of) book selection is a bit disappointing. I could even spot a book about skiing, which I am not sure is very related to his work .
What I could deduct on the King's bookshelf:

Great Maps, The World's Masterpieces Explored
Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps
Het Universum van Amsterdam (about cartography in Amsterdam)
Ski-Atlas of the World
Goedemorgen, meneer Mandela (memoirs from the personal assistente of Nelson Mandela)
Interventions (memoirs of Kofi Annan)
Management Made Simple (McKinsey management book)
Meer Waarde (More Value - McKinsey management book)
De Verborgen Impact (The Hidden Impact - about sustainability)

A picture of the royal couple at Windsor Castle
A picture of the royal couple at the races
A picture of the Princess of Orange
A picture of a young Máxima
A picture of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus
A holiday picture of the King's family

Other books and pictures were hard to deduct.
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I don't care much for Queen Máxima's office decoration either,minus the overpowering wallpaper it wouldn't be too bad.
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Does anyone know where to find Queen Maxima iPad stand? Thank you !
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