A photo impression of Soestdijk Royal Palace, in the Dutch town Baarn. The palace was originally a hunting lodge. In the early 19th century, the lodge became the property of the Dutch royal family. They extended it into the palace that we can still see today.
The palace was used as a summer residence by several Dutch kings and queens. Its glory time started in 1937, when the newly-wed Princess Juliana chose Soestdijk as her residence. Juliana became Queen in 1948, and Soestdijk Palace became the royal residence.
Queen Juliana abdicated in 1980, but remained in Soestdijk, where she lived until her death in 2004. Since that time, the palace is vacant. For the time being, the palace is open to the public. Photography is not allowed inside, but I did take many photos around the building and in the palace gardens. For today’s Photo Friday I made this selection for you. Enjoy!