So, today, the 30th of April, was for many people a day just like any other. For all of us here in the Netherlands, though, it was a historical day; the kind you experience maybe once or twice (probably twice) in a lifetime. Woah!
Today, our beloved Queen, Beatrix, abdicated, and her son, Willem-Alexander, became King. Pretty awesome, if I may say so. While I’m not overly fond of our monarchy, or our royal house in general, I do really like all the very Dutch festivities, and Queensday was always a really fun one. It’s strange that I’ll have to say Kingsday from now on…
Anyway, as far as they go, this one was pretty good for me personally. I watched a lot of the official ceremonial stuff on TV – he didn’t even get to wear a crown! WHAT!? – and I went into town to the rommelmarkt (the traditional flea markets that are organised everywhere, where people basically just sell a whole lot of very old, very useless crap. It’s great. Two years ago I bought a whole bunch of Beatles CDs). We had grass juice shots. I thought they were disgusting, my friend really liked it. Cray cray. I also ate ice cream and cotton candy – yay! Plus, in the end the weather was pretty nice, and the whole day was rain free, which is very much not always the case… Oh, and I had a lovely dinner with some other friends. All in all quite successful, apart from the fact that I did none of the work I should have done. Lalalalala…
Anyway, here are some pictures for you to get a feel for today’s vibe (none of them by me):
BAM. Ermine cloak, hell yeah.
Queen Maxima looking so pretty! I also really liked the Taminiau dress she wore in the evening, but I can’t find good pictures of that yet.
Also had one of these today – yummeh! Normaly these tom poucen are pink-topped; they’re some of my favourite pastries out there.
Basically what we all look like, more or less, on Qingsday.