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Queen's Day in Amsterdam can combine with inauguration: mayor

Thursday 31 January 2013

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The traditional Queen's Day celebrations can go ahead in Amsterdam on April 30, as well as the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander, the capital's mayor Eberhard van der Laan said on Thursday.

All the usual activities should take place, and that includes the traditional market, the mayor told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

The market 'is part of Amsterdam, including this year,' Van der Laan said. 'Perhaps it cannot take place in as many places as other years, but that is our starting point.'

Sealed off

Nevertheless, despite the desire to ensure the inuguration of the Netherlands' first king since 1890 is as public as possible, some parts of the city may have to be sealed off, the mayor admitted.

'It may be unavoidable in some places, but that is not the position we are starting from,' the mayor said.

Hundreds of thousands of people traditionally flock to Amsterdam for the Queen's Day festivities.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

nice to know we're getting a special day off to celebrate this once in 30 year event...oh, wait...we get queens day off anyway.

By H. | 31 January 2013 5:09 PM

This comes as no surprise. What was the alternative - canceling one or other of them?

By Nika | 1 February 2013 12:21 AM

It would be a nice touch (though not likely) if 29 April was also made a public holiday, thereby giving a 4 day weekend. Akin to the 4 day break in the UK last year for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

By D. | 1 February 2013 6:07 PM

And, how much is this going to cost the taxpayer?

By Highlander | 2 February 2013 1:41 PM

" It would be a nice touch (though not likely) if 29 April was also made a public holiday, thereby giving a 4 day weekend. Akin to the 4 day break in the UK last year for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations."

i don't get even get a paid lunch break here in NL, used to get an hour in the UK.... TIGHT

By moose | 2 February 2013 8:25 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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