0630-King’s Day: 27 April

From Princess’ Day to King’s Day
Originally, Princess’ Day was celebrated in Holland on Wilhelmina’s birthday (31 August), when she was still a princess. The feast involved many children’s games and decorated streets. When Wilhelmina became the new queen after her father’s death, it was changed to Queen’s Day. Juliana, the next queen and Wilhelmina’s daughter, celebrated Queen’s Day on 30 April with a parade on Soestdijk. Beatrix also celebrated Queen’s Day on 30 April (her own birthday is in January) but contrary to her mother, she took her entire family and travelled around the country to visit several municipalities. King Willem Alexander has followed in this tradition. He was born on 27 April and this became the official King’s Day in 2014.

The Dutch royal family bears the name: House of Oranje. This literally means the colour orange. As a result it has become Holland’s national color. On King’s Day people wear orange clothes, often even donning orange wigs or make-up.

Flea markets
On King’s Day, people are allowed to sell things on the street without requiring a permit. Flea (‘free’) markets are held in parks and streets, with many people offering their unwanted possessions, music or other entertainment for sale. In Utrecht, the flea markets even start the night before King’s Day.

Orange Bitter
A feast requires a toast. On King’s Day, the people make a toast to the king with Orange Bitter, a bright orange liqueur. The drink was created in 1620 to celebrate Prince Fredrick Henry’s victory. Initially it was not well-known but after William of Orange became the first king, it was produced once more. Since then, Orange Bitter has been closely associated with the Dutch royal family.

Spending the night
King’s Day is a feast that you should really experience for yourself. Book a hotel well in advance because they fill up quickly.

Covid-19: all events cancelled

Because of the present crisis, all events are cancelled. The King will give a short speech from the palace. Afterwords the Dutch TV will broadcast a review of King’s Day from 2014 till 2019.


New portraits Princess Beatrix in honor of 80th birthday

Prinses Beatrix maakt nieuwe portretten ter gelegenheid van haar 80ste verjaardag.

Princess Beatrix has made new portrait photographs in honor of her 80th birthday on January 31st. On the images you can see a radiant Beatrix in a light blue suit. The Government Information Service has published three photographs of the former Queen. A close-up image, a plate on which she can be seen up to her knees in the doorway of Castle Drakensteyn in Lage Vuursche, the palace where she has lived since 2014 and one on which she petches one of her dogs. The photos were taken by photographer Jeroen van der Meyde. This newspaper followed the ex-queen for a year in the run-up to her 80th birthday.

Prinses Beatrix met haar hond.

Princess Beatrix will be 80 years old today. She celebrates her birthday in private with family and friends. Saturday she will do that again with a bigger party with guests in the Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Young and old love Beatrix: a real mother of the people

Princess Beatrix may blow out 80 candles today. For 33 years she was the Queen of the Netherlands and very popular with the people. We also received many reactions to the call to share memories. Below is a selection of the most beautiful stories and photos.

Sleep next to Bea
,, This is me at the age of 4 and that is now 15 years ago. I can not remember well, but I was so fond of her as a little girl and so I slept with a piece of newspaper with a big pictured Beatrix. My father says that one day he had thrown away the newspaper and that he could take the newspaper out of the trash because I did not want to sleep anymore. My grandmother and father are also very royal, so it will be in my genes. And with this I would like to congratulate Princess Beatrix with her 80th birthday. ”

Syrup waffle
,, We met Beatrix five years ago in the village church of Wassenaar just before the inauguration of the king. The whole family was present at the church service and then we had a nice chat with them. Beatrix has eaten a syrup waffle with the coffee. It was also very easy with the princesses. ”

Indicate coat
Queen Beatrix unveiled in the spring of 2010 an image of artist Sjef Hendrickx in Schiedam. During this visit I was allowed to give the robe to Queen Beatrix, this was a beautiful meeting. I am at the front left of the photo. The Queen laughed at my advice: “I will close your cloak at the top because it is very cold outside!” She was visibly pleased with this good tip from a concerned mother.

,,Saturday, September 24, 2011, I was allowed to secure our princess for an assignment from school. I then attended the Safety training course at the Alfa College in Hoogeveen, Drenthe. The day will always stay with me. Princess Beatrix came to ‘open the wall against violence’ in the Wolden. The class was anxiously waiting, and when she arrived we immediately recognized her hat. A sweet little woman, dressed in burgundy-red, stepped out of the car with a small smile. Then a sort of hedge was made where she could walk in between and then accompany her to her place. I had the honor to walk with the princess and her personal bodyguards. One will say that it is cliché, but I have never felt so important. It was perhaps only very brief, but a memory and experience that will always stay with me. Since that day I have spontaneously received a small future plan, which I am now working hard for seven years later. I hope to get a place between personal bodyguards and must and will achieve this! ”

Orange On Top
Koninginnedag in Utrecht,,The girl in the photo is my niece Engelina Kuiken, then just 5 years old. The photo was taken on Queen’s Day in Utrecht. An orange bouquet, because the Engelien was her favorite color and so connected to everything that has to do with the royal family. Everything that was colored orange was called “orange-red” at the time. “When the Queen walked by, I lifted her over the site and walked straight to the queen, all of which was still possible at the time. to see, incidentally) that she was going to make a lackey-like bow for the Queen, which she saw in all fairy tale films.This high-profile photo was published in various media the next day.”

Mother of the people
On April 19, 2010 I was called for a photography assignment. It turned out to be a working visit by Queen Beatrix in connection with the program ‘Selected solutions for (addicted) homeless people in Utrecht’. No press was allowed to be present and my assignment was ‘restrained photographing’ or in other words; to be invisible and to ensure that nobody is bothered by you. On the day of the working visit a day later I have wonderful memories. The photographing went well and it was very special to see how well and relaxed such a working visit is. What impressed me the most is Queen Beatrix, whom I only knew from television as a serious state woman. On this day I experienced another side up close; a sweet woman who talks to the residents, listens to them and comforts them, a real mother of the people!

Queensday never the same again
De koninklijke familie in Apeldoorn.,,I took the picture above during Queen’s Day 2009 in Apeldoorn. It was a beautiful location in the Oranje Park. Queen Beatrix took the time to greet the people. It was pleasant and the royal family came close. You almost did not have the idea that there was security. Unfortunately, that day went dramatically. In my opinion, Queen’s Birthday was experienced differently.”



If Show News had not hung on the phone, then had Els Verbunt from Haaren not even known; Princess Beatrix (78) walks with a cane from company Ninee, which Mrs Verbunt runs with her husband. ,,I knew nothing. They had seen that Princess Beatrix walked with a stick of us. But I could not even check yet that stick really came from us.” Meanwhile Verbunt has established on the basis of photographs that Beatrix at official occasions a tulip stick ‘can. ,,They got him as far as I am not directly with us bought. Princess Christina, maybe she did it through her sister.”

The company Ninee is named after Verbunts mother in law. ,,Who did not like to walk with such a boring black stick. She came to a point back from France with such a beautiful stick. This is a product that everyone happy. Why would you have for example adapt a scarf to your wardrobe, not your stick?” The Ninee poles are not found in the average shop. “A conscious choice,” says Verbunt. ,,As such sprouts smell hangs. It’s bad enough that you have to walk a lot. About becoming another case for your phone, we still do not difficult, but you always run with the same stick?”



HRH Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange-Nassau, HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Location: Municipal Museum, Amsterdam “Night Watch”.






Claus was born Klaus-Georg Wilhelm Otto Friedrich Gerd von Amsberg, on his family’s estate, Schloss Dötzingen, near Hitzacker, Germany on 6 September 1926. His parents were Claus Felix von Amsberg and Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen. His father, a member of the untitled German nobility, operated a large farm in Tanganyika (formerly German -c1East Africa) from 1928 until World War II. From 1938 Claus and his six sisters grew up on their maternal grandparents’ manor in Lower Saxony; he attended the Friderico-Francisceum-Gymnasium in Bad Doberan from 1933 to 1936 and a boarding school in Tanganyika from 1936 to 1938. Claus was a member of such Nazi youth organisations as Deutsches Jungvolk and the Hitler Youth (membership in the latter was mandatory for all fit members of his generation). From 1938 until 1942, he attended the Baltenschule Misdroy. In 1944, he was conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, becoming a soldier in the German 90th Panzergrenadier Division in Italy in March 1945, but taken as a prisoner of war by the American forces at Meran before taking part in any fighting. After his repatriation, he finished school in Lüneburg and studied law in Hamburg. He then joined the German diplomatic corps and worked in Santo Domingo and Ivory Coast. In the 1960s, he was transferred to Bonn. Claus met Princess Beatrix for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1962 in Bad Driburg at a dinner hosted by the count von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff who was a distant relative of both of them. They met again at the wedding-eve party of Princess Tatjana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, in the summer of 1964. With memories of German oppression still very strong 20 years after the war, sections of the Dutch population were unhappy that Beatrix’s fiancé was a German and former member of the Hitler Youth. Nonetheless, Juliana gave the engagement her blessing after giving serious thought to canceling it. The engagement was approved by the States-General (Dutch House of Commons and House of Lords) —a necessary step for Beatrix to remain heiress to the throne—in 1965. He was granted Dutch-c2 citizenship later that year and changed the spellings of his names to Dutch. The pair were married on 10 March 1966. Their wedding day saw violent protests, most notably by the anarchist-artist group Provo. They included such memorable slogans as “Claus, ‘raus!” (Claus, get out!) and “Mijn fiets terug” (Give me back my bike), a reference to the memory of occupying German soldiers confiscating Dutch bicycles. A smoke bomb was thrown at the wedding carriage by a group of Provos. For a time, it was thought that Beatrix would be the last monarch of the Netherlands. However, over time, Claus became accepted by the public, so much so that during the last part of his life he was generally considered the most popular member of the Royal Family. This change in Dutch opinion was brought about by Claus’s strong motivation to contribute to public causes (especially Third World development, on which he was considered an expert), his sincere modesty and his candor (within but sometimes on the edge of royal protocol). The public also sympathised with Claus for his efforts to give meaning to his life beyond the restrictions that Dutch law imposed on the Royal Family’s freedom of speech and action. However, these restrictions were gradually loosened; Claus was even appointed as senior staff member at the Department of Developing Aid, always in an advisory role. One example of his attitude toward protocol was the “Declaration of the Tie”. In 1998, after presenting the annual Prince Claus Awards to three African fashion designers, Claus told “workers of all nations to unite and cast away the new shackles they have voluntarily cast upon themselves”, meaning the necktie, that “snake around my neck,” and encouraged the audience to “venture into open-collar paradise”. He then removed his tie and threw it on the floor. In 2001, when on Dutch television he announced the marriage of his son Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, and Máxima Zorreguieta, an Argentine woman of Spanish and Italian descent, Prince Claus referred to himself as more a citizen of the world than anything else. Prince Claus died April 6, October 2002 (aged 76) at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.