Courtly Rivals Exhibition




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Photo by Moniek Bloks

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While in The Hague for the Royal Gatherings weekend I heard about a special exhibition the The Hague Historical Museum has right now, called Courtly Rivals (Dutch: Rivalen aan het Haagse Hof) So, during the two-hour lunch break I walked to the museum, which luckily wasn’t far away from the hotel.

I took these pictures with my phone. I didn’t think I would need my camera during the Royal Gatherings so I didn’t bring it. The exhibition focuses on Elizabeth Stuart and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, who both lived in The Hague, one in exile and the other first as her lady-in-waiting and later as the wife of the Prince of Orange.

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Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

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 Elizabeth Stuart

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Princess Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate as Diana, daughter of Elizabeth Stuart

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From the collections of Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

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The two women’s rivalry is especially visible in the paintings made of them. They often used the same painter and were painted in the same way.

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Marriage contract of Amalia of Solms-Braunfels and Frederick Henry, also signed by Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth and her husband on horseback

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Mary Stuart and William of Orange

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Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart

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Letter by Elizabeth Stuart to Henry Rich, Earl of Holland

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Elizabeth as a widow

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Mary Stuart as a widow (Wife of William II of Orange and mother to William III of England)

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Coat of arms of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart

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The weddings procession of Frederick V and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is in the second row from the bottom where the gap is. 

Overall I quite liked the exhibition. It is pretty small, only three rooms or so. If you’re near The Hague I would definitely recommend checking it out. Entrance to the museum is only 7,50 and they have a book available about the exhibition, also in English.






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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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