Netherlands Celebrates King’s Day Normally after 2 Years

Netherlands celebrated King Willem-Alexander’s 55th birthday on Tuesday, marking the first time the country was able to have festivities since 2019 without COVID-19 restrictions.

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and their three daughters — Princess Catharina-Amalia, 18, Princess Alexia, 16, and Princess Ariane, 15 — celebrated the special day in the city of Maastricht.

The royals’ celebration in Maastricht included King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, 50, toasting with orange bitters, appropriately as orange is the color of the royal family (which has the name the House of Oranje) and the country’s national color.

The royals posed for selfies with the public, most of them also decked out in their best orange outfits.

The royals also joined a dance group by jumping around and waving their arms to an upbeat song.

According to local reports, people were allowed to sell things on the street without requiring a permit on King’s Day.

King’s Day depends on the ruling monarch’s birthday (although a winter-born monarch may opt for a warmer month to celebrate) — and it is also known as Queen’s Day, should the monarch be a woman, as it was before Willem-Alexander’s mother abdicated the throne.


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