Koninginnedag / Queensday in Haarlem

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Yesterday was the best Dutch National Holiday; Queensday or Koninginnedag. you would think that we are celebrating the Queens birthday, but what we dutchies are actually celebrating is the birthday of the (late) queen mom. When our current Queen Beatrix was crowned in 1980, this national holiday was her present to her mother.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Our nation loves our Royal Family and that’s why every year the whole nation puts on their orange t-shirts and we party our orange bums off every where. The Royal Family celebrates with us every year, by visiting 2 places in Holland which prepare a whole tour for the royals with performances, music and (old fashioned) games in which most royals also take part (as a queen lover, I always watch at least an hour of this on tv, screaming every minute “look a nice they are!” “Aren’t they just great!?!” which my boyfriends just ignores after say Yes, yes yeeheees…)

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelasKoninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Anyway, we celebrated in the place we live in Haarlem, where loads of people (young and old) try to make a Euro or 2 by selling their goods on the free market, but there are also bands performing everywhere, and – my favorite, on the central square there is a kermis. Enough to do and see! This is the impression I made for you guys.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

FYI – the guitarist in front is wearing shorts behind his guitar… Β πŸ˜‰



24 responses to “Koninginnedag / Queensday in Haarlem

  1. Very nice, see I learn something new here too πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Holland but I have a sweet invitation from a friend there that I haven’t cashed in on. Thanks for this!

    • πŸ™‚ Maybe you should have known about it a couple of days earlier, now you have to wait for a month…. but it will be worth the wait. Live music everywhere, happy people, chill out and have a couple of drinks… Queensday is the best!

    • Ja, prachtig he?! en ja, ik ben via deze weg al een paar andere mede-neder-bloggers tegen gekomen, super leuk. Ik heb volgens mij jouw blog een tijd geleden bezocht, mooie foto’s! Ga zo nog even kijken!

  2. Looks like a great day! I kind of envy the countries with royalty…would be so nice to still have them in Germany πŸ™‚

    • Hey Kristina, We are lucky with our royal family, not every country loves them as much as we do. But now you know, maybe you can plan a trip to holland next year around this time πŸ˜‰

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