The Royal family will spend King's Day, King Willem-Alexander's birthday on April 27th, in Maastricht next year, government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst announced on Monday. Maastricht is looking forward to the visit, mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake said to AD.
People in the Netherlands largely agree about what it means to be Dutch, valuing the same traditions and symbols regardless of origin, age or level of education. Dutch also agree on what they consider to be the biggest threats to the Dutch identity - polarization and Islam, the social and cultural planning office SCP found in a two year long study into the Dutch identity titled Dekend aan Nederland.
Princess Amalia became more popular in the Netherlands after King's Day this year. The crown princess is now the third most popular member of the Royal Family, after her parents, according to a survey by DVJ Insights on behalf of RTL Nieuws.
Like in previous years, Queen Maxima is still the most popular member of the Dutch Royal Family, followed by King Willem-Alexander. But where the top 3 was always completed by Princess Beatrix, Princess Amalia now stands in third place. 6 percent of respondents said she is the most sympathetic member of the Royal Family.
Some 45 thousand people braved the rain and cold on Saturday to spend King's Day with the Royal family in Amersfoort. Mayor Lucas Bolsuis called it "a fantastic King's Day". King Willem-Alexander spoke of a "fantastic birthday party", the Telegraaf reports.
King Willem-Alexander and his family are visiting Amersfoort today to celebrate the King's 52nd birthday. The Royal family will walk a route of just over a kilometer through the city center, encountering various performances and exhibitions.
The Royals are expected to arrive on Kleine Haag at Marienhof at 11:00 a.m., where they will be welcomed by the mayor. The King and Queen will then take a photo with the day's storytellers, who will share the tale of Amersfoort and the region around it throughout the day.
Big plans are in place across Amsterdam as the city gets ready to celebrate King Willem-Alexander's 52nd birthday with parties, eight large festivals, and flea markets. Here follows a summary of the events in Amsterdam tomorrow, with hundreds of thousands of people planning to visit the city from around the Netherlands.
Note that none of the large festivals are selling tickets at the door, you need to buy your ticket online beforehand.
Residents of and visitors to Amsterdam may have to take an alternative route when moving about the city on King's Day today. Parts of the city are blocked off to car traffic, and public transit in the capital are running on adjusted schedules and alternative routes.
A strike organized by two enforcement officers' unions in Amsterdam on King's Day will not happen, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Friday. The municipality filed summary proceedings on Tuesday to prevent the strike, NU.nl reports.
After months of preparations, King's Day is only one day away and Amersfoort is just about ready to receive King Willem-Alexander and his family on his birthday. The city center, which the Royals will tour through on Saturday, is covered in flags and the final stages are being built along the route, Metro Nieuws reports.
King's Day is a big deal in the Netherlands and especially in Amsterdam, where multiple parties are held on the day to celebrate King Willem-Alexander's birthday. But you don't have to wait for tomorrow to start celebrating, with various King's Night parties ready to get you into the King's Day spirit on Friday night.
Here follows an overview of King's Night parties in Amsterdam tonight, compiled by NU.nl.
The past week's nice weather came to an end just in time for King's Day to be chilly, wet and windy. Those attending King's Day celebrations on Saturday are advised to take a jacket and an umbrella
Friday will be mostly cloudy with some rain, according to Weeronline. Maximums will range between 16 and 19 degrees, with a weak to moderate wind from the southwest to west.
While the majority of Dutch still find King's Day a fun party, four in ten people say that they are not a fan of the holiday on King Willem-Alexander's birthday, according to a study by Acties.nl among 1,025 Dutch people, RTL Nieuws reports
The municipality of Amsterdam is going to court in an attempt to prevent a strike by enforcement officers on King's Day. The enforcers plan to strike between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. But according to the municipality, King's Day is not the appropriate time for this action, NOS reports.
Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will strike for three hours on King's Day, unless the municipality meets their demands for more equipment with which to defend themselves before then. The strike will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Dutch enforcement officers' union NBB said during a protest on Dam Square, the Telegraaf reports.
Support for the Dutch monarchy among young people fell sharply over the past years. In 2007, 70 percent of Dutch between the ages of 18 and 34 were enthusiastic about the Royal Family, last year it was only 55 percent, according to surveys by Ipsos commissioned by NOS.
All types of scooters, even the slower ones with blue license plates, are banned from most Amsterdam bike paths from today. But the ban, as well as the obligation to wear a helmet, will not be immediately enforced. The 500 enforcement officers in the Dutch capital are threatening to strike if the municipality does not meet their demand for better equipment, the Volkskrant reports.
The municipality of Amersfoort is scrapping a fine of up to 25 thousand euros for those who reveal information about the King's Day celebrations in the city later this month, mayor Lucas Bolsuis said to RTV Utrecht on Sunday.
Under the slogan 'We, Amersfoort', Amersfoort plans to show off how diverse the city and the region is during King's Day on April 27th. King Willem-Alexander and his family will celebrate his 52nd birthday in Amersfoort this year, NOS reports.
The number of municipalities in the Netherlands that banned the release of balloons more than tripled over the past year, according to a study by De Noordzee foundation. The foundation is committed to getting such a ban implemented across the Netherlands, because the plastic in balloons is harmful to animals and the environment, NOS reports.
Schiphol airport expects a busy day on Monday due to spillover from a power outage on Sunday, people leaving on May vacation, and travelers returning from a long King's Day weekend. This will mean long lines at check-ins and passport controls. The airport calls on travelers to check in online and arrive at the airport earlier.
The city of Amsterdam's enforcement and supervision team broke up three illegal parties in the Dutch capital on Thursday night, the municipality said in a press release on Friday.
Enforces found an illegal party starting on Buikslotermeerdijk and broke it up with the help of the police before it turned into an actual party. On Toetsenbordweg an illegal party with around 100 attendees was discovered. Enforcers put an end to it.
An illegal party with between 300 and 400 attendees was found on Amerikahavenweg. The riot police were called in and cleared the area.
"It is a fantastic party and I find Groningen a fantastic city", King Willem-Alexander said to NOS during the King's Day festivities in Groningen on Thursday. "Much thanks to Groningen, it is really a cool city", Queen Maxima added.
The Royal Family spent King Willem-Alexander's 51st birthday in Groningen. Thousands of people gathered in the city to see the Royals and enjoy the festivities Groningen arranged.
Amsterdam always goes big for King's Day, and today is no exception with five big parties, a number of smaller events and flea markets across the city.
Below see a compilation of photos of the goings on in the Dutch capital on King's Day 2018.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane are on their way to celebrate King's Day in Groningen.
"On our way to a sunny King's Day in Groningen. We are looking forward to it", the King said with a photo released on Twitter.
King Willem-Alexander turns 51 years old today.