The Dutch Royal family will celebrate King’s Day in Zwolle tomorrow. Zwolle is the capital of one of the Netherlands’ twelve provinces. The King’s Day celebrations are for King Willem-Alexander’s birthday and the King and his family visit a different city every year. It is King Willem-Alexander’s 49th birthday. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters Amalia and Ariane will definitely be present. The presence of Princess Alexia is still uncertain as she is still recovering from an accident she had while the family was vacationing in Lech. Also present will be the King’s brother Prince Constantijn and his wife Princess Laurentien, his cousins Prince Maurits, Prince Bernhard, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, Prince Floris and their wives.
The royal family will around 11 in the morning, where they walk into the city centre. They will be presented with Zwolle’s cultural history. They will then board a ship for a short trip through the canals around Zwolle. Around 1 in the afternoon they will disembark for the final party, where several artists from Zwolle will perform.
Up until Queen Beatrix’s abdication in 2013 the public holiday was known as Koninginnedag, or Queen’s Day and it was celebrated on 30 April. The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Princess’ Day, for the fifth birthday of then Princess Wilhelmina, who would become Queen Wilhelmina just five years later upon the death of her father King William III. The holiday was moved to 30 April for Wilhelmina’s daughter Juliana, whose birthday it was. Juliana’s daughter Beatrix retained the date as her birthday is in January, which is usually too cold for outdoor activities.
King’s Day is celebrated all around the country and is quite famous for its “vrijmarkt”, where the Dutch people can sell their used items. Festivals are organised in several cities, though the expected bad weather might make it less busy than previous years.