Palace Soestdijk, former royal residence

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Palace Soestdijk

Soestdijk used to be the residence of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.

 

In 1937 Princess Juliana and Prince Bernard moved in. In 1948 Juliana succeeded her mother as queen and it became the royal residence. In 1980 as Princess Beatrix became queen Soestdijk lost its status of royal residence, but (then again) Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard continued to reside in Soestdijk until their deaths in 2004.

Only during World War II , when the Netherlands where invaded by Germany, the family was living abroad. 

 

Since the passing of Prince Bernard (in 2004) the palace is empty.

There is still no decision made what to do with the historical building in the future.

 

For the time being you can visit the park (on your own) and even visit the palace (only by guided tour).

Right wing

To visit the park you can buy a ticket at the entrance (€ 5), to book the guided tour (€ 12,50) you can only make reservations through the internet: www.paleissoestdijk.nl (where you can read more about the history of the palace too).

 

The years Juliana was queen of the Netherlands there used to be a parade on Queen’s Day, April 30th, at Palace Soestdijk.

As a little girl I was always impressed by the flowers and the royal family watching the festivities from the steps of the palace.

 

Visiting (part of) the palace the building turned out to be much smaller than I expected.

The guided tour shows part of the official rooms (still with furniture), the private offices of Juliana and Bernard (no furniture in there anymore, but photos how it used to be) and the kitchen. It was very special to me to be in this building which seemed so unreachable as I was a child.

 

I hope they will find a nice destination for Palace Soestdijk!!!

 

It is not allowed to take photos inside the palace, so I can only show pictures from the outside and the park.

Vlindeke says:
Wat leuk Joke, ik herinner me wel dat we vroeger altijd naar de t.v. keken. Was toch bijzonder om daar rond te lopen!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2009
benjoke says:
Hoi Ineke,leuk paleis Soestdijk. Heb ooit een keer meegelopen in het Defile op Koninginnedag met de gymnastiek vereniging denk in 1959. Vooral de vrouwen in originele Surinaamse klederdracht maakten op mij als kind veel indruk. Wij woonden in Hilversum dus was vlakbij we gingen regelmatig kijken op 30 april. Soms maakte de koninklijke familie na afloop een ritje langs het publiek met Bernhard achter het stuur.

Groetjes Joke
Posted on: Jul 16, 2009
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photo by: Vlindeke