So here we go. After the royal succession last year, Koninginnedag (‘Queen’s Day’) has become Koningsdag, as Willem Alexander’s birthday is celebrated with a festival of orange across the nation.
If nobody buys them I’ll eat them myself.
The actual day of W-A’s birth, 26th April, is conveniently close to when the event used to be celebrated, former queen Juliana’s birthday, 30th April. (The King’s mum, Beatrix, was born in January, when the weather is generally not conducive to a giant street party.)
Amsterdam’s ever lovely Vondelpark is reserved for the kids of the city to earn some pocket money by performing, running games of skill and chance and selling surplus Barbies and Bob the Builder DVDs.
My camera was there too, for a fun day out.
Get your poffertjes here!
Place your bets on the goldfish race.
You won’t see any cooler than this dude…
…unless it’s this young rock star.
I’ve always wanted Dutch eyeliner.
Throw your eggs at my friend here – everyone’s a winner.
A blessing from the fairy statue.
The dancing girls are good!
Ride the ‘confusing’ bike five metres and win 20 Euros. It’s not as easy as it looks, with handlebars reversed.
Whichever way you look at it, you have to love madretsmA!