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The Tsar Peter House

This little wooden house hardly inspires visions of Peter the Great but he stayed here several times. The house was built in 1632 for a labourer. It became famous in 1697 when Peter the Great came to visit to learn about Dutch shipbuilding. He insisted on staying with blacksmith and craftsman Gerrit Kist whom he [read more]

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Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Princesses of Orange – Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Anna Pavlovna was born on 18 January 1795 as the daughter of Paul I of Russia and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, who was known as Maria Feodorovna after marriage. She was their eighth child. Anna was just six years old when her father was assassinated, and he was succeeded by her 23-year-old brother Alexander I. [read more]

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Dutch Queen’s coffin to be replaced

The coffin of Queen Anna Pavlovna of the Netherlands was moved two days ago in order to move the remains to a new coffin. This will take a few days and the work will be done by the “Special Funerals” team of Monuta. The new coffin will be placed in the original spot in the [read more]

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Royal Travel at the Spoorwegmuseum

Royalty must travel in style and so the Dutch Railway Museum (Spoorwegmuseum) has dedicated an entire exhibition to Royal Travel. The exhibition surprisingly opens in the ladies bathroom, where tiles from the royal waiting at Amsterdam Central have been used. You then move on to a royal waiting room before going to an actual royal [read more]

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Anna Pavlovna, a Colourful Queen – Exhibition

Last week I went to the opening of the “Anna Pavlovna, a Colourful Queen”-exhibition, though for the Loo Palace most of the attention was focused on Queen Máxima, who came to open the exhibition. The actual exhibition appeared to be rather an afterthought and I found myself wandering around as we waited for a photo [read more]

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The unknown Princess Sophie of the Netherlands

This house in The Hague is quite unknown as a former royal residence. It was once the summer home of Princess Sophie of the Netherlands, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. She was born on 8 April 1824 as the daughter of the future William II of the Netherlands and Anna Pavlovna of Russia. She grew up [read more]