Huis ten Bosch Palace
Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague is the residence of Princess Beatrix. She and her family moved into the palace in 1981. Before that, Princess Beatrix, Prince Claus and their children lived in Drakensteyn Castle in Baarn. Huis ten Bosch Palace is situated in the Haagse Bos forest and is only a 15-minute drive from De Horsten Estate in Wassenaar, where King Willem-Alexander and his family live.
History of Huis ten Bosch Palace
In 1645, Prince Frederick Henry (Frederik Hendrik in Dutch) commissioned the construction of Huis ten Bosch Palace. It was to become a summer residence for him and his wife, Princess Amalia. Huis ten Bosch Palace remained the property of various princes until it was nationalised during the period of French domination between 1795 and 1813. From the proclamation of William I as King of the Netherlands in 1815, the palace was occasionally inhabited by members of the Dutch Royal Family. During World War II, it was heavily damaged, but two thorough renovations made it fit to live in again. Princess Beatrix, Prince Claus and their children moved into the palace in 1981. The Princess still resides there to this very day.
Functions of Huis ten Bosch Palace
The primary function of the palace is to act as the residence of Princess Beatrix. A wing of the palace, however, has been fitted out as a guest accommodation and is suitable for representative purposes. Dutch medallists at Olympic Games or the new government where, true to tradition, presented with the former Queen on the steps of Huis ten Bosch Palace.
While Huis ten Bosch Palace is not open to the public, you can see it when driving on the Bezuidenhoutseweg road or walking through the Haagse Bos forest.