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Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Inside Kneuterdijk Palace

Last year I wrote about Kneuterdijk Palace lamenting the fact that as a government building (it currently houses the Council of State) it would not be open to the public. Lo and behold, this year Kneuterdijk Palace was a part of Open Monumentsday and opened its doors to the public. Naturally, I went. The Gothic [read more]

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Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Biljoen Castle & Estate

Biljoen castle has its origin in 1076 as a large farm. Charles II, Duke of Guelders built a castle in 1530 and it was called Broekerhof. He was the son of Catherine of Bourbon and Adolf of Egmond. He was married to Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg. It was rebuilt by the noble van Spaen family in [read more]

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Amalia of Nassau-Dietz

The women of Soestdijk Palace

Every house has traces of its former inhabitants. Soestdijk has had many over the years, and I went there in search of its royal women. Soestdijk Palace has only been open to the public since 2006, and its future is still uncertain. The last inhabitant, Queen (then Princess) Juliana, died at the palace in 2004. [read more]