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 public is more supportive of the monarchy this year. 70 percent of Dutch now say they are behind monarchy, compared to a low point of 65 percent last year, according to NOS' annual King's Day Survey performed by Ipsos. The increased support for the monarchy coincides with a slight increase in trust in King Willem-Alexander, NOS reports.
Nine year old Rene from Tilburg set his sights high for Valentine's Day. He decided to write a love letter for Princess Ariane, the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. And he was rewarded with a return letter from the King and Queen themselves, Omroep Brabant reports.
Rene got the idea after Valentine's Day was discussed in the classroom at Helen Parkhurst School in Tilburg. He asked his teacher for help, but initially did not want to tell her who the love letter was intended for. After some prodding, he admitted it was for the princess.
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."
As is almost a tradition by now, the Dutch royal couple and their three daughters posed for photos at the start of their skiing vacation in Lech, Austria on Monday.
The Royal family goes skiing in Lech every year, according to broadcaster NOS. To avoid being followed around by photographers all through their vacation, they always meet the press for a few photos at the start of their holiday.
Queen Maxima visited Wlefare Barneveld on Thursday to promote their buddy program "Pride and Future". This mentorship program is supported by the Oranje Fund and the fund is paying extra attention to such programs throughout November.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's three daughters started receiving pocket money from the age of 6. The Queen wanted them to understand the value of money from an early age, she said in an interview with a street newspaper, which Trouw got a look at.
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!".
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.
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.
On Monday the Netherlands is celebrating King's Day on King Willem-Alexander's actual birthday for the first time. The royal family is received by the city of Dordrecht, and also for the first time, in a manner of the King's own choosing.