Local Heart, Global Soul

April 1, 2013

Kneuterdijk Palace… of Kings and State…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Whilst Himself and I were courting,  I rented a  room in the very upmarket neighbourhood of the Statenkwartier (ok, if I’m completely honest it was a garret box-room of a room, above the fourth floor under the roof eves, rather cold in winter and boiling hot in summer).

However it was a tiny space of my own and good enough to start off with.

Every working day I would take the tram into the centre of the city and on the way would pass a beautiful building on Kneuterdijk 20–22.

Wikipedia and the Raad van State website tell me:

Kneuterdijk Palace, located in the Hague, was once a Royal Palace of the Kings of the Netherlands.

Built in 1716 in the Louis XIV style, by architect Daniel Marot, it was first home to the Count of Wassenaar-Obdam.  

The palace served as a residence for King William II and his wife princess Anna Paulowna of Russia in the first half of the 19th century, when he was still the crown prince.

Their grandson crown prince William used the palace from 1858 till his death in 1879. In the 1930s the place was occasionally used by Princess Juliana.

After World War II Dutch war criminals were tried in the great hall, some of whom were sentenced to death. Then the Ministry of Finance used the building for many years. Since restoration work was completed in 2001 the palace has been in use by the Netherlands Council of State (Raad van State). 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Raad van State is a constitutionally established advisory body to the government which consists of members of the royal family and Crown-appointed members generally having political, commercial, diplomatic, or military experience.

The Council of State must be consulted by the cabinet on proposed legislation before a law is submitted to the parliament.

The Council of State is an independent adviser to the government on legislation and administration and general highest administrative court in the country.

When I went to take photos of the building I noticed a plaque on the side of the wall around the corner that translated reads  “King Willem 2nd and his advisers discussed decisively changes to The Netherlands constitution in this house 1847.

It’s a landmark building in The Hague and I’m pleased to now know more about it…

I continue  to admire it’s classical beauty every time I pass it by.



(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. Hi!
    Don’t remember how I got here. While writing that I remember: found you while looking for bicarbonate of soda in Dutch!
    Anyway just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog and that know I more about my city Den Haag than before! Been living here for over 30 years from Curacao(Dutch West Indies). Keep up the nice writing.

    Groet, Sowyen

    Comment by Sowyen Martina — April 5, 2013 @ 11:37 am | Reply

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