The Golden Carriage at Het Loo

I was going to post this earlier, but somehow waited until today. If you want to see the Golden Carriage yourself at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, you’ve got only one day left, 6 September 2015.

Before heading to a birthday on 29 August I spent a few wonderful hours at Palace Het Loo, where from 27 to 30 August the event Paardenkracht & Autopracht took place. Lots of horses, carriages and some old cars, all from the Dutch royal stables. Apart from that there was a carriage from the Swedish royal stables and one from the British royal stables. However, as you can imagine the highlight was the Golden Carriage, which is usually used at Prinsjesdag, the opening of the Dutch Parliament, by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (also on their wedding day in 2002). Of course on such occasions you can see it, but not as close as here at Het Loo. The Golden Carriage was supposed to be there only until 30 August, but the “exhibition” was extended until 6 September. Ten thousands of people had a look in the past days as you can imagine. It will be used again at Prinsjesdag on 15 September and then will undergo extensive renovation, which will mean in the coming years they’ll use the Glaze Carriage.

goldencarriage1 goldencarriage2 goldencarriage3 goldencarriage4But of course also the event itself was wonderful. Seeing all these carriages riding including the Crème Calèche, which I thus far only had seen on pictures. And of course old cars. Het Loo recently opened the stables and now exhibits its carriages, sleighs, etc. in a better way so people don’t have to look through the windows. If I remember well I used to get into the stables years ago, but it has been a long time. Just to give you an impression of the cars, carriages and sleighs I post a few pictures below.

The Crème Calèche

The Crème Calèche

Queen Wilhelmina's Cadillac Convertible Sedan, Series 65.

Queen Wilhelmina’s Cadillac Convertible Sedan, Series 65.

A royal Austin 135 Sheerline Princess II

A royal Austin 135 Sheerline Princess II

Prince Hendrik's Minerva Landaulet. Used at several royal weddings.

Prince Hendrik’s Minerva Landaulet. Used at several royal weddings.

Made by Prince Claus for his three sons.

Made by Prince Claus for his three sons.

Queen Wilhelmina's hearse.

Queen Wilhelmina’s hearse.

Silver Sleigh used by Queen Wilhelmina and her mother Queen Emma.

Silver Sleigh used by Queen Wilhelmina and her mother Queen Emma.

2 thoughts on “The Golden Carriage at Het Loo

    • I thought so too. Have seen the Golden Carriage twice before, at Prinsjesdag 1999 and the wedding of Willem-Alexander and Máxima in 2002, but never so close. Just wished I had gone to the stables earlier. When I finally thought of going in there were quite a few people queueing.

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