From a set of playing cards, ca. 1470–1485, South Netherlandish -- The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards from the 15th century. There are four suits, each consisting of a king, a queen, a knave, and ten pip cards. The suit symbols, based on equipment associated with the hunt, are hunting horns, dog collars, hound tethers, and game nooses. The figures appear to be based on Franco-Flemish models.

From a set of playing cards, ca. 1470–1485, South Netherlandish -- The Cloisters set of fifty-two cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated ordinary playing cards from the 15th century. There are four suits, each consisting of a king, a queen, a knave, and ten pip cards. The suit symbols, based on equipment associated with the hunt, are hunting horns, dog collars, hound tethers, and game nooses. The figures appear to be based on Franco-Flemish models.

A portrait of Phillip II (1527-1598), King of Spain. After Anthonis Mor, 1558. Philip's wife Mary I of England died the same year that this portrait was painted.

A portrait of Phillip II (1527-1598), King of Spain. After Anthonis Mor, 1558. Philip's wife Mary I of England died the same year that this portrait was painted.

Bro wha

Bro wha

Ridderzaal in The Hague (photo by Wouter Ewalts), location in The Warlock & the Wolf

The Hague

Royal Family of Netherlands jewels

Royal Family of Netherlands jewels

Binnenhof - The Hague, Netherlands

Binnenhof - The Hague, Netherlands

A young and beautiful King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

A young and beautiful King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

The Netherlands are running out of crime - WTF fun facts

The Netherlands are running out of crime - WTF fun facts

Queen Maxima wore this sumptuous diamond and sapphire tiara for the inauguration ceremony of her husband Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima wore this sumptuous diamond and sapphire tiara for the inauguration ceremony of her husband Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands.

Hendrik Heerschop The Moorish King Caspar Netherlands (1654) Oil on Canvas, 74.8 x 60.5 cm Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie

Hendrik Heerschop The Moorish King Caspar Netherlands (1654) Oil on Canvas, 74.8 x 60.5 cm Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie

Parrocchetto Reale Australiano - Alisterus scapularis    http://www.pappagallinelmondo.it/alisterus-scapularis.html

Parrocchetto Reale Australiano - Alisterus scapularis http://www.pappagallinelmondo.it/alisterus-scapularis.html

After a long good ride with queens, Holland will now have a king and the wonderful queen Maxima on his side. Viva Emma, Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix!

After a long good ride with queens, Holland will now have a king and the wonderful queen Maxima on his side. Viva Emma, Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix!

I'd react the same way if I thought something expensive was going to fall

I'd react the same way if I thought something expensive was going to fall

Princess Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971-living2013) Argentina wife of Prince Willem-Alexander (Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand) (1967-living2013) Prince of Orange, Netherlands heir.

Princess Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971-living2013) Argentina wife of Prince Willem-Alexander (Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand) (1967-living2013) Prince of Orange, Netherlands heir.

4 generaties inhuldiging: Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix en Willem Alexander.  4 generations auguration: Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Willem Alxander.

4 generaties inhuldiging: Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix en Willem Alexander. 4 generations auguration: Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Willem Alxander.

MARCH 10, 1966: Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and her bridegroom, Claus von Amsberg. Beatrix was born in January 1938. Prince Claus was born in September 1926. They would become parents to Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn.

MARCH 10, 1966: Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and her bridegroom, Claus von Amsberg. Beatrix was born in January 1938. Prince Claus was born in September 1926. They would become parents to Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn.

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