Time capsule from William II statue opened

During the Binnenhof renovation project the builder discovered a case dating from 1925 in the statue of King William II. Mayor Jan van Zanen revealed the contents of the case on 29 January 2024.

Poem honoring King William II

The case contained a certificate, books about the Battle of Waterloo and a poem honouring the king. The case, a so-called time capsule, was hidden in the foot (pedestal) of the statue in 1925 as a tribute to King William II.

On display in Atrium 

You can come and see the lead case and its contents from 27 February to 20 March 2024 in the Begin external link: Atrium of The Hague City Hall(External link), end external link.. Afterwards the time capsule will be stored in the archives for a few years.

Back into the pedestal

Due to the renovation of the Binnenhof the well-known equestrian statue had to be temporarily removed from its spot. While removing the pedestal the time capsule was discovered in a secret space in the brickwork. 

The pedestal and the statue of William II will most likely be placed back on the Binnenhof at the end of 2028. The time capsule will then be returned to its spot in the pedestal.

The municipality would like to add something to the time capsule before it goes back into the pedestal. At this moment it is not yet known what object this will be. The municipality is planning to invite residents of The Hague to come up with ideas for this object.

King William II

King William II was King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg from 1840 until his death in 1849. He fought in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. In 1848 he agreed to changes in the constitution which limited the king’s power.


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