Friday, 30 April 2010
Koninginne Dag, Queen's Day
Ik wens alle landgenoten een fijne en vooral ZONNIGE Koninginne Dag.
I wish all Dutch people a wonderful and above all a SUNNY Queen's Day.
The Queen always visits two towns or cities on Queen's Birthday, together with her family, her sister Margaret and her sister's family.The flag together with the orange pennant is only hoisted on birthdays of members of the House of Orange.
Koninginnedag or Queen's Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba on 30 April or on 29 April if the 30th is a Sunday. Queen's Day celebrates the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands and is supposed to be a day of national unity and "togetherness". The tradition started on 31 August 1885 on the birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, later Queen Wilhelmina. Since 1949, after the ascension of Queen Juliana, Queen's Day is Queen Juliana's birthday on 30 April. Although Queen Beatrix's birthday is on 31 January, she officially celebrates her birthday on 30 April, because 31 January is far too cold for open air activities.