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The Royal House is investigating whether there is looted art in the art collection of the royal family. An expert will study the origin of the collection, belonging to the Royal Collections since 1933.

An independent expert with specific experience in this area will perform the research, announced the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD).

If it seems there are art pieces that are unlawfully acquired, they will be returned to the rightful owners.


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The investigation involves all the art pieces that make up the Royal art collection. This also includes the museum works from the estate of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, still in possession of the royal family.

Based on the findings of the investigator, a special committee of three persons will make recommendations. Judith Belinfante, former Member of Parliament and former director of the Jewish Historical Museum, and art historian Rudi Ekkart, who previously studied the origin of looted art, are members of this committee.

Parts of the collection of the Royal Collections Foundation are on long-term loan to the Museum Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander is on the board of the foundation.

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