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.
But 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.