Picture postcards of the Dutch Royal Family > From official portrait to holiday snapshot

The Royal Family in Canada, 1943Stately photographs of Queen Wilhelmina with her husband prince Hendrik dominate the oldest part of the collection. The large number of portraits is due to the fact that it was not yet possible to take pictures at any place or time of day.

Photographic technique had improved by the 1920s. An increasing number of photographs appeared of Queen Wilhelmina in function, often with princess Juliana by her side. These are press photos: visual accounts of official events such as a royal visit to a flower show, or the State Opening of Parliament on the Day of the Queen's Speech (Prinsjesdag).

Many Dutch citizens cherished the rare new images of members of the royal family during World War II. These photos kept alive the hope of liberation. Nearly everyone was familiar with the photograph of Queen Wilhelmina in Canada, in the company of her daughter's family.

After the inauguration of queen Juliana in 1948, popular interest focused on the little princesses and their parents. Picture postcards show them at play in the grounds of their family home, the Palace of Soestdijk, surrounded by their pets

The collection of picture postcards visualizes the narrowing gap between monarch and people over the years.

Examples from this collection Picture postcards of the Dutch Royal Family

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