One of the royal exhibitions to go at the moment is the exhibition The century of Juliana, a queen and her ideals at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2023 it is 75 years ago that Juliana succeeded to the throne and became Queen of the Netherlands. According to the church the exhibition “is the polyphonic biography of a beloved queen. An eventful century is mirrored by her personality and her ideals”. She had an eventful life – she was born in 1909 and died in 2004 at the age of 94 – and her reign among others was marked by the independency of the Dutch colonies Dutch East Indies and Suriname.
There are over 400 objects on display, including personal belongings, art, historical documents and photos, as well as clothing. There is royal tableware, a Rolls Royce, the Crème Calèche and visitors can watch special film fragments. More than 100 items come from the Dutch Royal Collections. The exhibition let’s Juliana come to life in a palace-like setting and makes it possible for the people who remember her and for those who can’t to get to know the Queen that reigned the country from 1948 to 1980.
The exhibition is open until 9 April 2023. The church presents a big royal exhibition once every ten years. In 2002 that was Yes I Do! about royal weddings, in 2013 Inaugurated! about the inaugurations of the monarchs followed.
And for people, who can’t get enough of anything royal: the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is next door.