Dutch citizens have grown more worried about war and terrorism since last year, but feel less concerned about incoming refugees. People also feel most solidarity towards one another during May 4th’s Remembrance Day and May 5th’s World War II Liberation Day celebrations, according to a survey of 900 people released this week.
King Willem-Alexander is continuing celebrating his 50th birthday with a special dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam tonight. 150 Dutch whose birthdays are also on April 27th will be dining with the King and Queen, ANP reports.
King's Day was celebrated throughout the Netherlands without any major incidents on Thursday. The authorities in most major Dutch municipalities are pleased with how the day went. The day was celebrated "as you would like it to be", a spokesperson for Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said, NU.nl reports.
The chilly, sometimes rainy weather is not scaring Dutch away from participating in King's Day activities. Photos on social media show crowded flea markets and events and streets across the Netherlands.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander turns 50 years old today. A number of political party leaders took a moment to wish him a happy birthday. "It only gets better [after 50]", CDA leader Sybrand Buma said to RTL Nieuws.
"I would like to congratulate him on his 50th birthday. And everyone around him too, of course", SGP leader Kees van der Staaij said to the broadcaster. "I want to wish him a lot of wisdom. For what can a king use better than wisdom? I especially hope that he stays who he is."
King Willem-Alexander and his family spent King's Day in Tilburg today. The city organized a number of activities, including performances and artworks, to celebrate the Dutch King's 50th birthday.
The Dutch police are calling on all King's Day celebrators to turn on the "Find My Phone" app on their smart phones, to make it easier for the police to track down pickpockets should a phone be stolen. Also make sure that you know the login details for the app, the police said in a statement.
As at previous large events, the Amsterdam police deployed a special team specifically for tracking down pickpockets. Should you fall victim to a pickpocket in Amsterdam and Amstelland today, the team is ready to help you track down and retrieve your phone.
For the first time since 1996 frost blanketed De Bilt on Kings Night, according to weather agency Weeronline. And with minimum temperatures of -2 degrees measured at De Bit, this was the second coldest King's Night measured since 1949.
King's night was dry, fairly clear and really cold in most places. Only the coastal provinces saw some rain. Frost blanketed most of the country. The lowest temperature was measured at the Twenthe weather station, where it dropped to -3.4 degrees, a new record. That is the lowest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands on April 27th.
It took King Willem-Alexander some time during his teenage and student years to accept that he will someday take the thrown. His time traveling and meeting interesting people really helped with that, he said in an interview with Wilfried de Jong on Wednesday night, the night before his 50th birthday. He wants the same for crown princess Amalia before she takes over from him, the Volkskrant reports.
With a cold King's Day expected tomorrow, the Red Cross published a few tips on how to avoid hypothermia. Dress warmly, avoid alcohol, eat and drink something warm every now and again, and keep moving, the Red Cross advises.
Foreign tourists are increasingly joining King's Day celebrations in Amsterdam, according to online travel agency Expedia. Compared to last year, significantly more foreign tourists, specifically Italians, Brits and Americans, booked hotels in the Dutch capital around King Willem-Alexander's birthday on April 27th, BNR reports.
The number of Italians in Amsterdam on King's day almost doubled compared to last year. The number of American tourists increased by 25 percent.
King's Night celebrators and flea market visitors and traders are advised to dress warmly tonight - minimum temperatures are expected to drop to freezing tonight, according to weather services Weerplaza and Weeronline.
A number of places woke up to frost this morning, and the same is expected for tonight. "King's Day self will be around 10 degrees. In addition the weather will be quite turbulent, with sun, clouds and a single rain shower. The days after that, the temperature rises and it becomes less volatile", Diana Woei of Weerplaza said to the Telegraaf.
Union FNV Care and Welfare warns of a massive shortage in paramedics and ambulance staff in the near future. In the short term, the union is especially concerned about safety on King's Day. "Given the number of people on the move that day, it can lead to irresponsible situations", Fred Seifert of FNV said to broadcaster NOS.
The union sent a letter about the situation to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and the Healthcare Inspectorate, but so far got no response. Which is why FNV decided to sound the alarm in the media, Seifert said.
A whole range of weather conditions is expected on King's Day in the Netherlands on Thursday. Weerplaza predicts a chance of rain showers, hail and thunderstorms, as well as blue skies and sunshine.
According to the weather agency, the weather will vary greatly from place to place. One province may have thunderstorms, while the next one has sunshine. But the entire country can expect afternoon temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius or lower.
Arnhem residents will have the opportunity to test their ecstasy pills for free on King's Night, Wednesday April 26th. IrisZorg is setting up an ecstasy testing station on Ir. JP van Muijlwijkstraat 195 where drug users can make sure that their ecstasy is safe, the Gelderlander reports.
The drug testers will use the outer features of a pill - diameter, thickness, color, logo - and an acid test to check whether the pill is on the recognized list. The list contains pills that have been analyzed by a lab several times over the past period. It updates weekly.
Temperatures dropped below zero almost everywhere in the Netherlands during the early hours of Thursday morning. The lowest temperatures was -9.2 degrees Celsius, measured in Achterhoek, according to Weeronline. Only in Vlissingen temperatures stayed above 0. The chilly weather will last until at least after King's Day, Weeronline expects.
Motorists across the Netherlands had to scrape frost off their windshields this morning. And fruit growers had a busy night protecting their crop from the cold.
With April 27th just around the corner, Tilburg is revealing its plans for this year's official King's Day celebrations. Royalty expert Marc van der Linden call's Tilburg's King's Day program the most ambitious one yet, Omroep Brabant reports.
Tilburg wants to present itself as a young city. According to Van der Linden, "on paper" the program manages to do just that. "It looks very nice. All Tilburg residents are involved. From a Syrian refugee who wants to give a big 'thank you' to transvestites."
A total of 11,493 people want to have dinner with King Willem-Alexander to celebrate his and their birthdays. They registered to be one of 150 people, whose birthday is also on April 27th, to have dinner with the King at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Royal House announced on Friday.
Amsterdam will be hosting five large parties on King's Day on April 27th this year. There will also be many markets and smaller stages for live music, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. Ticket sales for the large events start tomorrow.
On Friday the Public Prosecutor demanded three years in prison, one of which conditionally suspended, against 18-year-old Elias A. for killing a toddler in a hit-and-run accident in Breda on King's Day. The Prosecutor also wants the teen's driver's license suspended for eight years and that he be treated in a clinic, NU.nl reports.
Weather forecasters are cautiously optimistic about the potential for summer temperatures to arrive in the Netherlands by the weekend. A high temperature of 25 degrees is expected inland on Saturday, with coastal temperatures likely to peak at 22 degrees, national meteorological agency KNMI predicted.
Some 23 thousand liters of urine was collected at three locations in Amsterdam on King's Day, a spokesperson for Waternet said to AT5. Phosphate will be extracted from the urine to be used as fertilizer.
Tourists to the Netherlands, clutching years-old guide books no doubt, are expected in somewhat larger numbers on Friday and Saturday to celebrate Queen’s Day. They will quickly discover that the country has not enjoyed a national party on April 29 and 30 since Willem-Alexander became king in 2013, when his mother, Beatrix, decided to hand over leadership of the country.
Dutch princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane gave their first ever televised interview during the King's Day festivities in Zwolle on Wednesday. To the question of whether the ladies are enjoying themselves, youngest Princess Ariane responded with a very definite "Yes!".