It was as if it was meant to be, the rain in Amersfoort stopped just long enough to allow the Dutch Royal Family to meet everyone along the route. Afterwards, King Willem-Alexander said, “We, and the sun, have had an amazing party! I would like to come back, and often too!” King Willem-Alexander celebrated in his 52nd birthday today.
The visit began with a performance by artist Wudstik and a children’s choir who say the song “Mooi” (beautiful). Then the family walked about a kilometre through the city itself. King Willem-Alexander was accompanied by his wife Queen Máxima, their three daughters, his brother Prince Constantijn and his wife Princess Laurentien, his cousins Prince Maurits and his wife Princess Marilène, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and his wife Princess Anita, Prince Floris and his wife Princess Aimée and Prince Bernhard and his wife Princess Annette.
Along the route, the King and his family not only met with the public but there was also time for some serious business. The Varkensmarkt had been renamed the Durability Square and at the Lieve Vrouweplein (dear lady square) 100 women were present who had done something special for the society. Four people abseiled from the church tower in the middle of the square. The Royals were then tested about their knowledge of the region and the winners were the Leusden team who had Prince Pieter-Christiaan with them.
The Amersfoort Zoo also made a presentation for the Royals and two of the Princesses had to guess which animal skin they were touching. The grand finale was on the Eemplein with a huge orange stage. Performances on this stage will continue until the evening.
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