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King's day

Normally, the whole of the Netherlands would color orange to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander, but that is slightly different this year. So, what is still possible with the right measures this Tuesday, April 27?

The King's market around the Lambertus square in Blerick is the largest in Limburg, 2019.

Back in time

King's Day started as Princess Day. Princess Wilhelmina turned five on August 31, 1885. A Utrecht newspaper decided to celebrate that day in the local Oranjepark. In the years that followed, more and more cities adopted such festivities, making Princess Day a national celebration, especially for children. Already in 1890 the name changed to Queen's Day. Wilhelmina was only eleven years old at the time, but was already queen, because her 63-year-older father (Willem III) had died eight months earlier.

From 2013 Queen Beatrix renounced her crown and Prince Willem-Alexander became the king and Queen's Day changed to King's Day. On King's Day, the Dutch celebrate the birthday of the head of state King Willem Alexander. It is his birthday on 27 April, so that day is normally dominated by parties, flea markets and of course the king himself. The Dutch royal family is called the House of Orange and that is why this is the national color. The whole of the Netherlands walks around in orange clothing, wigs or make-up.



Willem-Alexander visits Eindhoven

Every year the king and his family go to a different city in the Netherlands. This year they visit Eindhoven and despite corona there is an online program with live streams, design, tech and online parties.

The Streamers - online live performance

The Streamers is the largest band in Dutch Pop history with more singers than musicians and more hits than the Top 40. On April 27 at 08:00 PM you can follow the live performance via a livestream from Palace Noordeinde. Tickets are free but you can leave something in the tip jar.

538 Orange day - online

Normally this is the largest orange party in the whole of the Netherlands, but just like last year, unfortunately no festival can take place. They do come up with an alternative to bring the King's Day feeling to everyone's home. Listen and watch via Radio 538, TV 538 and the online channels of 538.


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