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Amersfoort turns orange as it prepares for King’s Day



The city of Amersfoort is slowly turning orange as it awaits the arrival of the Royal Family tomorrow for King’s Day. Although the royals are not expected to arrive by train, most of the public will be using public transport, and the Amersfoort Central Station welcomes its travellers with huge orange banners wishing everyone a happy King’s Day, there are orange menus on the ticket machines, and a kissing King and Queen on the automatic doors.

Photo by Moniek Bloks/Royal Central

For the short walk to the centre of the city, where most of the festivities will take place, the city has taken to using electronic signs to welcome visitors and the streets are decorated with orange flags with the King’s Day logo which were also distributed to citizens who live along the route so they could decorate balconies and windows.

Photo by Moniek Bloks/Royal Central

Photo by Moniek Bloks/Royal Central

The Eemplein where the Royal Family will end their route is still being set up but as expected everything is splashed in orange.

Photo by Moniek Bloks/Royal Central

The Eemplein congratulates the King! Photo by Moniek Bloks/Royal Central

The Eemplein stage will also be used during the night before King’s Day with artists such as Three Little Clouds, Diggy Dex, DAISY, Joost, Poke and Kraantje Pappie expected to perform during the evening. The evening will be kicked off by alderman Hans Buijtelaar who will show off his DJ skills for ten minutes. After the Royal Family has finished the route through the city on King’s Day itself, Maan, Peter Beense, Vinzzent, John de Bever, Jan Smit and Barry Paf will perform there in the afternoon.

In addition to everything orange, the city also has several security measures in place with most of the city centre completed closed to cars with the use of roadblocks. Even bicycles are banned from entering the city centre, and visitors are asked to walk.