Drakensteyn is a small castle constructed in the years 1640–1643 for a Gerard van Reede Läm. A house called Drakesteijn at this location was first mentioned in 1359. It is owned by Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the country's former Queen who abdicated in 2013. Beatrix bought the castle in 1959, when she was the heir to the Dutch throne, and took up residence in 1963. After her marriage in 1966 she continued to live there with her husband, Prince Claus and later their three sons as well. After Beatrix succeeded her mother Juliana as Queen of the Netherlands in 1980, the family moved to The Hague in 1981. The royal connection aside, its most distinctive feature is its octagonal shape. It is surrounded by a moat that can be crossed via a bridge. Its style can be described as Classicist.

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Founded: 1640-1643
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Ashwin Sumaria (2 years ago)
Lovely country side.
Michal Rutka (2 years ago)
Beatrix lives here
Martijn Seminar Martijn Vervoer (3 years ago)
Monument with history of the Kingdom
Neli Karachorova (4 years ago)
Really well organized security fence
Myron Prins (4 years ago)
Here lives our previous queen Beatrix.
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