This week I visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I hadn’t been for quite some years, and last time they were still doing a bit of construction. Now, it’s completely done, and it’s so much bigger than I remembered. I specifically went to spot some items related to royal women, and there were quite a few!
Lock of hair from Jacqueline of Hainaut, though the Rijksmuseum doubt its authenticity. It was supposedly from the excavation in the chapel in the Binnenhof, but nobody was reported to have been found, but they apparently did find this. So either the body is still there somewhere, or the lock of hair is fake.
Snuffbox with the image of Mary Stuart.
Medallions with the monograms of Henriëtte Amalia van Anhalt-Dessau and her husband Henry Casimir II, Prince of Nassau-Dietz.
Watch depicting the marriage between Mary Stuart and William of Orange. It could have been a marriage present from William to Mary.
This plate was a part of a larger set that was given by Louis XV of France to Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples on the occasion of her second daughter’s baptism. Louis was little Luisa’s godfather.
Empress Maria Theresia of Austria
Top row: Frederica Louise Wilhelmina of Orange-Nassau, William V Prince of Orange, King William I of the Netherlands, Wilhelmina of Prussia and Frederick, Prince of Orange-Nassau.
Bottom row: Louise Isabelle of Kirchberg, Augusta Maria Carolina of Nassau-Weilburg, Charles George August of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
A gorgeous bust of Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of England
Playbox, probably given to Anne of Hanover and Prince William IV by King I of Prussia.
William III and Mary II of England
Coin depicting the arrival of Mary Stuart.
Coin depicting Elizabeth I of England
Coin depicting Margaret of Parma, Governor of the Netherlands
Coin depicting Anne of Hanover
Coin depicting Queen Victoria
The ten weepers from the tomb of Isabella of Bourbon. How pretty are they?
Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland
Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange visits the workshop of the painter doing her portrait.
I had an awesome day at the Rijksmuseum. It’s really pretty now that it’s all done. We nearly ran into King Willem-Alexander who was there to open a Rembrandt exhibition.