Friday, June 10, 2016

Part Three of “Het Loo Palace”: The Palace

Compared to the French, Germans and English, the Dutch are very modest, a bunch of people who doesn’t like showing off their riches. Well that is the stereotype but there is some truth behind it as well. Which is the reason why castles and palaces in the Netherlands are smaller and less pompous than its neighbours.


Het Loo Palace was built for King William III (Prince of Orange) and Mary II of England. The royal couple ruled England, Ireland, Scotland and the Dutch Republic (now Netherlands) between 1689 - 1702. William III is known as William II and King Billy in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the Dutch Republic, he is known as Willem, the stadthouder.

During this Late Middle Ages to the Age of Discovery Period (1500’s to 1700’s), the royal families in England and the Dutch Republic have been intermarrying. The royal families tend to marry each other to keep their name, wealth and ruling power in tact. It is very interesting to note how a Dutch Prince became the King of England, Ireland and Scotland by overthrowing King James II of England from his throne, simply because of religion. King James II is Catholic whereas Stadtholder and Prince William is Protestant, which as we all know, England and Scotland are largely protestant nations, and Mary II as queen consort, the deal was sealed. Religion, politics and a monarchy bethrothal are a deadly combination.

The Dutch Royal family are descendants of the House of Nassau in Germany. It was William the Silent (William I or William of Orange - Willem van Oranje) who led the revolution against the Spanish Habsburg for the independence of the Dutch Republic. The war lasted 80 years. William I is therefore the founder of the House of Oranje-Nassau.

History is interesting. I encourage you to read further on your own =)

After the reign and period of William and Mary, the palace became the residence of the “Oranges” – the House of Orange-Nassau aka the Dutch Royal family for centuries and generations up until 1962 when the last reigning monarch, Queen Wilhelmina gave the palace to the Dutch government under the condition that if the Netherlands become a republic, the palace will be given back to the Dutch Royal family.

Learn more about the history here: Het Loo Palace

The palace is the 8th most visited museum in the Netherlands.

What can I say about the palace? Well, to be blunt about it, I saw lots of possessions and paintings of long gone dead people. The interior design was too busy on the eye, too many patterns and bright colours. So much focus on collecting stuff that only gathers dust. I am a minimalist. I do appreciate the interior design of certain rooms though.

There was one salon that became the highlight for me. It had a real animal part, an elephant’s trunk as lamp holder?! There were furry hides with heads of the animal as floor rugs. Hunting expedition trophies which would have been scandalous these days. But yeah, those were the days...

Well, let me just put it this way. It is interesting to see how the very few born with a silver spoon and title lived in those days.

To read my previous entries, go here:

Part One: Stables Square and Grand Cafe Prins Hendrik Garage
Part Two: Dutch Baroque Gardens Views from the Palace Rooftop Terrace


The basement of the palace where you can find the garderobe, the palace souvenir shop, the toilets and the doors to the garden.


At the lobby of the palace we saw this huge painting and the princess daughter on the picture looked very much like the first born princess Amalia of the King of Netherlands today.


The royal dining table.


Library with a lot of leather bound books.


The gallery with a lot of paintings of dead people that looked like each other. Bru and I even asked the guy from the museum if he knew who these people on the paintings and he shook his head, haha.


This is one of my favourite rooms, mainly because of the blue and gold colour scheme. Less cluttered and less chaotic in design as well compared to the other rooms.


Lots of details, mouldings and columns and corniches on the walls. The ceilings were also rich with paintings.


This is a too busy room for me.


I do like the purple, red and gold combination of this small room.


View to the gardens on the side of the palace.


This was a nice bedroom. I like the gold and brown with a touch of blue colour scheme.


This is the room of the little princess. Too busy huh.


Hunting is a royal pastime in the past.


A spread of big bear. Poor bear.


Scandalous elephant's trunk lamp holder! 


The grand staircase entering the main lobby of the palace on the first floor.


Here we are again =)


Travel Period: May 2016
Destination: Apeldoorn (Gelderland), The Netherlands

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