The Netherlands

Flashback Friday: Princess Máxima swims the Amsterdam City Swim for ALS

On Sunday, 9 September 2012, the then Princess Máxima of the Netherlands swam the two-kilometre Amsterdam City Swim to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through the canals of the city.  She finished the course in just under an hour. Dressed in a wetsuit and goggles, Máxima swam through the ancient, murky canals, which have not been officially designated as safe for swimming.
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European RoyalsThe Netherlands

The best moments from Queen's Day and King's Day

With the accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1980, Queen’s Day truly became a day of interacting with the public. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments from Queen’s Day and King’s Day. Embed from Getty Images Prince Claus, the late husband of then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and his son Prince Constantijn try out a dodgem car in the town of…
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HistoryThe Netherlands

A short history of King's Day

As the Netherlands prepares to celebrate its sixth King’s Day, Royal Central takes a look at the tradition of celebrating the monarch’s birthday that began as Princess’s Day. In the 19th century, King William III of the Netherlands faced quite a bit of unpopularity but his four-year-old daughter Wilhelmina, his future successor, was very popular. It was proposed that the…
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The Netherlands

Preparations for King's Day in full swing

On Saturday 27 April, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrates his 52nd birthday. The birthday of the monarch is called King’s Day and includes several public celebrations with the Dutch Royal Family. The city of Amersfoort is working fulltime on the preparations. Now that King’s Day is around the corner, the city of Amersfoort is not only counting the days but also the…
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