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Crowned!

I am not always fond of all these digital additions to museums nowadays. But the Diamond Museum in Amsterdam had a computer on which you could take a picture of yourself and crown yourself with one of a few digital crowns or tiaras. Here the result! The tiara or crown used to belong to the…

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Simon Sebag Montefiore – The Romanovs

It took a few weeks, but it was worth the wait for the book “The Romanovs 1613-1918” by Simon Sebag Montefiore that was published in 2016. I decided to borrow it from the library in Dutch, as the reviews had made me curious. Especially as of course it soon will be 100 years ago since…

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The Palace at the Lange Voorhout

Some people visit this place only because since 2002 it houses the permanent M.C. Escher exhibition of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague (Netherlands). However not so long ago this was a royal palace. I must admit I had never been here before and always forgot to visit. But on Saturday I had just over an hour…

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Hubert de Givenchy – To Audrey with Love

A real noble and royal surprise this exhibition “Hubert de Givenchy – To Audrey with Love” at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, The Netherlands. By appearance quite similar to the exhibition about Dutch Fashion just over a year ago, this one is totally dedicated to the famous French couturier Hubert de Givenchy (* 1927) and…

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Some Royal Statues in The Hague

For a change I took a different route through The Hague, The Netherlands yesterday. I walked back from the Gemeentemuseum to the city centre, passing the gymnasium Amalia, Princess of Orange, visits since one and a half year, the Peace Palace … Finally I reached the Noordeinde, which of course is familiar with its royal…

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Once a Royal Castle – Beverweerd

Who sees this tiny castle now wouldn’t think it actually was once a real royal castle. Beverweerd Castle (also Beverweert) on the edge of the village of Werkhoven, Province of Utrecht, The Netherlands, does however have a long history. In the two pictures above on the left you see the castle, on the two pictures…

Moments with Queen Astrid 2005

The opening of the exhibition “Ogenblikken met Astrid / Astrid & nous regards croisés” at the Museum of the Dynasty in Brussels on 17 November 2005 attracted quite a lot of royals. The exhibition was organised on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Queen Astrid of the Belgians née Princess of Sweden (1905-1935).…