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Dutch princesses make surprise appearance to celebrate King’s milestone

In a surprise for the public, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Ariane joined their parents for the King’s Day concert in Rotterdam. 

On the evening of April 19, the Royals arrived at Rotterdam Ahoy, where the King’s Day concert was being recorded for broadcasting later on public television. 

Initially, the Dutch Royal Household had only announced the presence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. However, when the royal arrived, their oldest and youngest daughters were with them. Other members making unannounced appearances were Princess Beatrix and Princess Laurentien.

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Princess Alexia wasn’t present, most likely because she has already made her way back to Wales after the spring break. She is attending her last few weeks at UWC Atlantic, an international college which she has attended classes for the last two years.

But the presence of the two Princesses was not the only new element of this year’s King’s Day concert. For the first time, the event was open to the public, as a way to celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s 10th anniversary as monarch. 

The entrance to the event was free of charge for anyone wishing to attend, whereas the norm is for the concert to be organised in the city that is selected to host the King’s Day celebrations, and is reserved for those people who help organise the celebrations. 

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The line up included Davina Michelle, Winne and Gerard Cox, and there was also a small concert offered by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. 

For any member of the public who didn’t manage to watch the event live, the concert was recorded and will be broadcast in the evening of King’s Day (which falls on the 27th of April) on Dutch Public Broadcasting’s 2nd channel, NPO 2.