Yesterday evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands hosted 150 guests at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam as part of the ongoing celebrations for His Majesty’s 50th birthday. The guests who were invited last night’s dinner all shared the same birthday (27 April) with the King.
Their Majesties and their guests dined on a variety of food including beef steak, smoked trout, potato croquettes and hazelnut foam cake.
Seven of those in attendance were from Amsterdam. However, while the majority at the dinner were Dutch citizens, there were three from abroad. These people were from Canada, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
After dinner, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the 150 attendees went outside the Royal Palace to the Dam in Amsterdam to take a celebratory picture with photographer Rafael Redczus van Berkel doing the honours. The King and Queen stood in the centre of the large golden number 50 in the image.
The image was taken in gigapixel format which is one hundred times sharper than an ordinary photo. This will enable the guests to find and tag themselves from the picture on the website: www.wa50.nl.
Royals from reigning and non-reigning houses will be in the Netherlands today to attend a birthday dinner for His Majesty. So far, those confirmed include Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden; King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain; and Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.
The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, beginning last night, will be open for 50 hours straight in honour of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. It contains exhibits with Queen Máxima’s wedding dress and small chairs of Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane on display. Admission is free during the 50-hour window.