An 18-year-old man who killed a 3-year-old boy in a hit-and-run in Breda on King's Day, was driving 50 kilometers over the speed limit when he hit the toddler, according to the Netherlands Forensic Institute's preliminary conclusion after investigating the car
A 44-year-old man from Kampen was sentenced to 30 days in prison, half of which conditionally suspended, for insulting King Willem-Alexander. The court found the man guilty of deliberately insulting the head of state
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!".
The cold weather on Wednesday meant a quieter King's Day in most all of the Netherlands, with many people opting to stay indoors and watch the festivities on television. More than 3.4 million people watched the live broadcast of the royal family's visit to Zwolle. Last year the royal family had a TV audience of about 2.5 million, according to figures from KijkOnderzoek.
Zwolle was lucky enough to have some sunshine on Wednesday as the royal family dropped in to take part in the city's King's Day festivities. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and all three their daughters participated in the program the city organized to celebrate the King's 49th birthday.
Three people were arrested, two of whom wounded, in a fight on the Prinsegracht in The Hague on Wednesday morning. A police officer shot one suspect in the leg and the second injured suspect was bitten by a police dog.
The police responded to the scene on Lange Beestenmarkt around 6:00 a.m. based on reports of a weapon seen in a fight. Officers searched checked those involved for weapons.
Bad weather in the Netherlands resulted in King's Night being quieter on Tuesday than in other years. Events and parties across the country attracted fewer visitors than usual.
King Willem-Alexander and a number of other royal guests are celebrating his 49th birthday in the city of Zwolle this year. The royal family will be greeted by Mayor Henk Jan Meijer and Commissioner of the King Ank Bijleveld-Schouten on the Nieuwe Haven bridge at 11:00 a.m.
Four people were injured in a stabbing incident in Nijmegen during the early hours of King's Day. The police are looking for the perpetrators.
Utrecht kicked off the King's Day festivities with its annual King's Night flea market, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. Many Utrecht residents decided to brave the horrible weather and despite the rain and cold, the market was quite busy.
King's Day started out cold and wet in the Netherlands, and that weather is expected to hold for the entire day. The northeastern parts of the country may even see some snow, according to meteorological institute KNMI.
Ron Smits, technical adviser for the Dutch Safety Board, was one of 2,755 people in the Netherlands to receive a Royal honor on Tuesday. Smits was honored for his "vital contribution" to the investigation into the downing of flight MH17.
The Amsterdam police are warning King's Day party attendees to keep an eye out for pickpockets during the festivities tomorrow. Extra officers will be on the streets on Wednesday to help trace stolen phones.
All of the Netherlands can expect dreary weather today. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country for storms, lightning and hail. The warning is effective until 5:00 p.m. inland and 7:00 p.m. along the coast.
The Q-Factory King's Day party in Amsterdam is moving inside. The organizers decided to err on the side of caution, given the bad weather expected for Wednesday.
It seems many guidebooks written about the Netherlands either haven't been updated in several years, or some travellers simply refuse to buy new editions, as online travel agency Expedia is seeing a sharp increase in hotel bookings to the Netherlands for April 30, a representative told the NL Times. The date has not been celebrated in the Netherlands as Queen's Day, since Beatrix abdicated the throne for her son, Willem-Alexander on April 30, 2013.
Weather forecasts for King's Day are not looking very promising. Weeronline expects that King Willem-Alexander will celebrate his birthday on April 27th in the rain, with maximum temperatures reaching around 9 degrees.
The Royal family will be visiting Zwolle for King's Day on April 27th this year. And they will be welcomed with a parade, the municipality announced on Monday.
Amsterdam will be holding nine big parties for King's Day on April 27th, the city announced. Ticket sales start on Friday.