THE STORY BEHIND THE QUEEN WILHELMINA DOLL’S HOUSE DOLL
In the autumn of 2008 an exhibition was held in Palace Het Loo on toys used by the House of Orange princes and princesses since Queen Wilhelmina from 1880.
Especially for the exhibition Dolls House Netherlands made a dolls house in 17th century style for the children of then Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima, the royal princesses Amalia, Alexia & Ariane. The dolls house was one of the highlights of the exhibition.
Doll maker Angelique Hoekstra was asked to make a dolls house doll of Queen Wilhelmina. She modelled this on a famous painting of the young Queen by Theresa Schwartze.
The doll is 15 cm in height, the crown is made of real silver and the jewels are made of Swarovski crystals.
The doll was featured on the front page of the Dolls House magazine and searching on the Internet one day we stumbled on this item.
We approached Angelique and she told us that she had made two of these Wilhelmina dolls. One was for the Dolls House for the princesses and a second one she kept for herself.
She was willing to sell us her doll, and it has been part of our collection for the last 10 years. Accompanying the doll is a miniature book (2x2cm) in which she tells the story of the Wilhelmina doll.
- Dolls House Nederland Magazine
- Miniature book (2x2cm) with the story of the Wilhelmina dolls house doll