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King Willem-Alexander surprised by wife and children

On 29 April, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands hosted a dinner for his friends, family and royal colleagues in honour of his 50th birthday. Now it has become known that the King received a pleasant surprise during the dinner from his wife, Queen Máxima and his daughters.

On the occasion of King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday, various celebrations were held. On 27 April, his actual birthday, he celebrated with his family and with the people during King’s Day. Thousands of people came to Tilburg to join the festivities with the Dutch Royal Family. The next day Willem-Alexander and Máxima received 150 people, who celebrated their birthdays on the same day as the King, for dinner at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

On 29 April, the private birthday celebrations took place. The day kicked off with a variety of sports in which the friends and family of King Willem-Alexander could participate. In the evening, the King hosted a dinner for his close friends, family and royal colleagues. It was a private dinner so there was no official guest list published, but it is said that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium were among the royal guests. The dinner was held at the Royal Stables in The Hague. After the dinner, there was an after party where DJ Tiësto played. The party is said to have lasted until 5:30 am.

During dinner, Queen Máxima and her daughters had organised a surprise for the King. They performed the song “Somebody to Love” from Queen. A couple of days later the King and Queen attended the Liberation Concert where the song was played as well. Videos of the concert have shown the King and Queen having a giggle about it and singing along.

After the three days of celebrations King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane went for a short holiday to Salzburg, Austria. 

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.