Soestdijk Palace – A last visit to Queen Juliana’s former residence

For the elder generations of Dutch people Palace Soestdijk is remembered best because of the Queen’s Day celebrations during the reign of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Between 1949 and 1979 the Queen and her ever growing family stood on the steps on the palace, while Dutch people passed them in a long procession that […]

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The birth of another Princess – Beatrix had prefered a brother

On Tuesday 18 February 1947 at 2.24am a little princess was born at the Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, The Netherlands. Later that day her father Prince Bernhard told in a radio progarmme that Princess Juliana was doing fine. Apparently both grandmothers – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Princess Armgard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld – were present. […]

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19 January 1943 – The Birth of Princess Margriet

On 19 January 1943 – today 75 years ago – a little princess was born, far away from home. The third daughter of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was named Margriet Francisca. Her elder sisters Princess Beatrix and Princess Irene had been born at home at Soestdijk Palace in the Netherlands. Their […]

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The wedding of Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven and Annette Sekrève

Utrecht, 6 & 8 July 2000 Civil marriage, Paushuize, Utrecht, 6 July 2000 The civil marriage of Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven and Annette Sekrève was closed by burgomaster Mrs. Brouwer-Korf in the hall of mirrors at Paushuize in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The bride and groom arrived and left in an old Minerva (car), […]

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