Koningsdag or King’s Day is the national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands that celebrates King Willem-Alexander’s birth. King’s day is celebrated on 27 April each year unless the 27th falls on a Sunday then it is celebrated on 26 April.
This year King’s Day was celebrated in Groningen.
“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.
The Dutch Princesses paid homage to their mother, Queen Maxima who in my book is a style icon.
Princess Amalia wore a jacket that Máxima wore earlier in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Princess Alexia is wearing the jacket that her mother wore on Queen’s Day in 2004 when the royal family also visited Groningen, and Princess Ariane wore a cape her mother wore to the wedding of 2017 Marianna Goulandris and Filippos Lemos which Ariane was a bridesmaid.
“I want to thank everyone. Without the efforts of many, this would not have been possible,” said His Majesty.
The holiday began on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, to mark the 50th birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heir to the Dutch throne. Upon her accession in 1890, the name, of course, switched to Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day.
In 1948, when Juliana became Queen the holiday was moved to 20 April to coincide with the new Queen’s birthday. The then Queen Beatrix continued the tradition when she became Queen in 1980 with the date moving to 31 January.
In 2009, tragedy struck during Queen’s Day in Apeldoorn when a man tried to use his car as a weapon and tried to ram into the Royal Family’s bus. He missed the bus but sadly drove into a crowd killing seven people.
In 2013 Queen’s Day was changed to King’s Day as Willem-Alexander took over after his mother’s abdication. The holiday became Koningsdag from 2014 on, and the celebration moved to 27 April, the King’s birthday.
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