Congratulations to all Dutch and especially King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima
Today is the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. An important day of celebration for all Dutch and Dutch minded people. Congratulations to you all and of course especially Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander!
Did you know that this yearly royal celebration started on August 31 1885 as Princess day, for the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina? This became Queen's Day in 1890 after she became Queen following the death of her father.
When Princess Juliana became our Queen (1948), the celebration of Queen's Day was moved to her birthday on April 30th. We did however not change to the actual birthday of Princess Beatrix when she became our Queen in 1980. Officially to honor Juliana. After the inauguration of Willem-Alexander in 2013, Kingsday did change to his actual birthday.