The Royal Barge was built for King Wiilliam I of The Netherlands between 1816 and 1818. Such an extravagant vessel is in accordance with his status and is intended for use at official and festive events. This is in keeping with the centuries-old tradition of prominent people travelling in luxury and richly decorated vessels. Although King William I did not use The Royal Barge, his successors did. Th barge took to the water for the last time at the silver wedding anniversary of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 1962. In 1983, The Royal Barge moved to The National Museum. After the renovation of the museum the vessel returns in 2015 in a specially designed boathouse.