For centuries the Hague has been at the centre of dutch history. The link between the city and the Royal Family dates back as far as 1248, when Count Willem II first settled here. Two of the many palaces in The Hague are still used for official purposes: Noordeinde, which is the working palace of King Willem-Alexander, and Huis ten Bosch Palace.

After a tour of the palaces, a break in the publicly accessible palace gardens is a special experience. Queen Emma lived in Lange Voorhout Palace until 1891. This palace is now a museum. King Willem-Alexander lives with his wife Máxima and their daughters on the outskirts of The Hague, on the De Horsten estate in the borough of Wassenaar.

Walking here on a beautiful afternoon, including a high tea, gives a truly royal feeling.