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The Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof during the Great Assembly of 1651

Following the death of Stadtholder William II, the States-General called a special assembly in 1651. They
decided not to appoint a new stadtholder. This painting represents the important meeting when this
decision was taken. Painted on the hinged metal flap is a table with the Latin motto of the Dutch Republic, which means ‘Unity makes strength’. When the flap is raised up, the room appears empty.

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