The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is going to open for visitors for 50 hours straight to celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday.
On Friday night, 28 April, after King Willem-Alexander has dinner with 150 people who are also celebrating their birthday, he and Queen Máxima will open the palace for all visitors. The moment of the opening will be celebrated on Dam Square, in front of the palace, with the King and Queen and their 150 guests. A group photo will also be made to remember the moment.
The Royal Palace will have a large selection of objects on display, including artefacts from King Willem-Alexander and the Dutch Institute for Images and Sound will show footage from the last 50 years. It will not just be a royal exhibit, but will also show “normal” life in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Royal Palace will open at 10 pm on Friday and will remain open until midnight on Sunday. Entrance is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket. The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is regularly open for visitors, although an entrance fee is required and it can close at a moment’s notice.
The King and Queen are set to spend King’s Day in Tilburg, in the south of the Netherlands, this year. Although the holiday is celebrated nationwide, the Royal couple visit one or more cities each year. King’s Day is a bank holiday in the Netherlands. It used to fall on 30 April to coincide with Queen Juliana’s birthday, even after she had been succeeded by her daughter, Queen (now Princess) Beatrix because her birthday was in January, where it would be too cold to celebrate.
The Dutch Constitution states that if King’s Day falls on a Sunday, it should be celebrated the day before. This was the case in 2014, for King Willem-Alexander first celebration as King. In 2009, when it was still Queen’s Day the Royal Family’s parade was attacked by a man who ploughed his car through the crowds, killing eight people and injuring ten. The car eventually crashed into a monument, and the driver later died in hospital. The Royal Family remained unharmed.