The Royal Family
Holland is a fairly young monarchy. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1815, and King William I was its first ruler. The first king of Holland was from the House of Orange-Nassau. The origin of Holland’s motto, ‘Je maintiendrai (“I will maintain”)’, the colors of the flag and the national color orange may all be found in the House of Orange-Nassau. Princess Beatrix was the reigning monarch for over 30 years. In 2013 her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, succeeded to the throne.. The monarch has limited power; the King has immunity, but the real power lies with the ministers. The monarch is neutral and does not make pronouncements about political topics.
The King & his family
Read more about Amalia, Alexia and Ariane, the children of our king and queen.Read more
Watch the royal wedding balcony scene
Royal wedding Willem-Alexander & Maxima
Binnenhof (Inner Court), Ridderzaal (Knights’ Hall) and the Historical Museum of The Hague provide a good insight into the royal history of The Hague.Read more
Explore the Lange Voorhout, the most beautiful place in Holland, and the Hofkwartier with its royal palace.Read more