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King’s Day 2021 to take place in Eindhoven

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The Dutch Royal Court has announced that the Dutch royals will celebrate King’s Day 2021 in the city of Eindhoven.

King’s Day 2020 was set to take place in Maastricht but took on a more digital form due to the coronavirus. The Dutch royals will continue to monitor the situation around the coronavirus and a company called Brainport Eindhoven has been taken on to develop a program for a wide audience that will fit within the measures taken by the government.

Further details will be announced in due course.

During this year’s digital King’s Day celebrations, King Willem-Alexander said, “I can imagine that many of you hoped for more freedom of movement after tomorrow. Even in my family, the disappointment was tangible. But the Coronavirus will not be taught a lesson. So, hang in there, even after this King’s Day. We do it for ourselves but also to protect the vulnerable people in our society. And to give our healthcare professionals some rest, after many weeks of hard work. Rest they have deserved, to recover and to get ready to perform those tasks that had to be delayed. And also, in case the virus rears its head again, and hospitals fill up with COVID-19 patients again.

“Today, our thoughts are also with those healthcare professionals who are fighting against Corona and don’t have the time to celebrate King’s Day. Thank you for your immense dedication and perseverance. In March, we showed our appreciation by going onto the streets and balcony and clapping for them. Now we can show our respect by hanging in there. Do it for yourself and do it for them.

“And now it’s time to party. King’s Day at home – hopefully, an unforgettable day. Enjoy it, from a distance, but together. And stay healthy.”