Here is the promised post about the palace. Sorry about the delay, we currently have no Internet and I am posting this from the library.
The palace was originally built as a town hall where the king heard complaints from the citizens and where the tax and treasury offices were located. Now the palace is used mostly for tours and official functions. Most of the offices have been converted into guest rooms that are still used by visiting officials. This palace is one of 3 available to the Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, and his family. The palace is closed to the public when the Royals are in residence.
This is the Citizen’s Hall (and where the tour of the palace begins). Maps of the earth and stars adorn the floor. The statue of Atlas in the back is the focal point when you enter the chamber. The chandeliers used to house gas lamps but they have since upgraded to electric bulbs.
If you are visiting Amsterdam you can visit the palace, for more information on tours (or just more information on the palace check out: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. The palace is pretty close to the train station so it is
easy to find.