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Dutch royals head to Eindhoven to celebrate scaled-down King’s Day

King Willem-Alexander and his family on King's Day 2021
Photo: RVD

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their daughters, the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, have left Paleis Huis ten Bosch to travel to Eindhoven to celebrate a scaled-down King’s Day. A photo was released in which the royals posed in front of the Palace.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations have been scaled down for the second year in a row. In 2019, Royal Central was able to report directly from the celebrations in Amersfoort. The King and his family will travel to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, where they will take part in a special TV show, which will also be live-streamed, with the theme of “getting to know each other.”

The public has been asked to stay at home and to keep all celebrations local. The lines in front of bakeries stretched around the block in some cases as people lined up to buy orange tompouce pastries.

Prime Minister Rutte congratulated King Willem-Alexander on his 54th birthday on Twitter. “I wish him a beautiful and festive day with his family in Eindhoven. And I wish everyone in the Netherlands a subdued, safe but above all a happy #KingsDay!”

The celebrations can be followed live right here.