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Celebrating the new king will cost Amsterdam €7m, says mayor

Wednesday 27 February 2013

The celebrations in Amsterdam to mark the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander on April 30 will cost the city €7m, mayor Eberhard van der Laan said on Wednesday. 

The ceremony and celebrations coincide with the annual Queen's Day festivities, causing an extra headache for officials, who are in talks with national government about shouldering the cost. The city is also hoping for sponsors, Van der Laan said.

Nevertheless, the mayor said the city is determined the celebrations will be open to everyone and Queen's Day, traditionally attended by 800,000 people in the capital, will proceed as usual.


The official part of the event will centre on the Dam in the centre of the city and will start with the royal family appearing on the balcony of the palace at 10.30 hours. Some 25,000 people are expected to pack into the square to catch a glimpse of the new king.

'We have to ensure not everyone comes to the Dam and will carry out active crowd management,' Van der Laan said. 'Thousands of police officers will be involved to make sure everything goes smoothly.'

Parts of the Dam and surrounding areas will be closed off to the public, but stories about a ban on alcohol and closing hotels with windows on the Dam are 'myths', the mayor said.


After the formal ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk at 14.00 hours, the new king and guests will return to the palace for a party. Then from 18.30, the royal family will take part in a boat trip from the EYE film museum in Noord to the Amstel. 'It will be a party for young and old,' Van der Laan said.

The day will end with a ball on the Museum square featuring romantic tunes and music from musicals. Parties will also be sanctioned elsewhere in the city. On a normal Queen's Day, the festivities are supposed to wind down from 21.00 hours. 

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Celebrating the new king will cost Amsterdam €7m, says mayor. The unacceptable side of monarchy embodied in a single individual which has shown to “Run Forrest Run”.

By Terence Hale | 27 February 2013 4:15 PM

so on the same day an article runs on government making more cuts we read this? how messed up is this country?

By J | 27 February 2013 4:38 PM

€7 million to raise? No problem. All Amsterdam Council has to do is increase licenses for pleasure boats on the canals, as it did this year (by 100%) to put money in their greedy little coffers. (In other words, a boat licence that cost €100 in 2012, now costs €200.) Or perhaps they could charge double for owning a dog, a cat, a canary, having a green door, wearing orange trousers on non-Royal days, walking through the Vondelpark on Mondays and Wednesdays etc etc ad absurditum.

By Pip | 27 February 2013 4:49 PM

Are you kidding me?!? The last time that The Netherlands was ruled by a King, it was William III, in November 1890. So, have a party, and enjoy the coronation. Amsterdam wastes more than €7 million on much more frivolous matters. Looking forward to it!!

By William | 27 February 2013 4:57 PM

Sponsorship: I can just envisage the W-A wearing a crown with a Shell, Philips, ABN, or Rabobank logo. It'll be just like the formula 1 outfits. Hilarious.

By H. | 27 February 2013 5:10 PM

Why this Drama?
Royal family should pay themselves IF they want to celebrate this event. This King is not made by people (democratic), NL democratic gov should not spend its money of this drama cermoney.

By Meh | 27 February 2013 6:18 PM

Money well invested. It will bring Amsterdam a lot more than that with all the festivities.

How many times do you have a new King in the Netherlands? It hasn't happened in living memory. Well worth making sure it all goes peacefully. That way it will be remembered for the right reasons!

By Gemma | 27 February 2013 7:23 PM

A lot of tourists will come to Amsterdam that day. They will spend their money for souvenirs, beer, for many things. So I think Amsterdam will earn a little also ;)

By Irena | 28 February 2013 10:50 AM

€7m, more like, King of bling?

By Highlander | 28 February 2013 11:38 AM

I am glad that I don't live in or near AMS. and I agree with Meh that the Royal family should pay for the party themselves if they want one.... why put the cost on the Dutch people in this time when folks are getting laid off, cost of "everything" is going up and income going down.

By dee | 28 February 2013 11:51 AM

History in the making. The Netherlands should be proud.

By maus | 28 February 2013 12:38 PM

I'll be leaving Amsterdam for a few days, while this 'Event' is taking place. I won't be alone, I'm taking a group of Amsterdam homeless to Katwijk. No chance of any 'city' funds for these unwanted and unwelcome 'Amsterdammers', just more closures of inloophuizen. Although the Amsterdam police do seem to be ensuring that many more of the cities homeless population will be sleeping 'inside' during the end of April. The city will be nice and 'clean' for those privileged enough to be allowed to pay for the chance to glimpse our new Monarch.
Lang zal hij leven.

By Wizlon | 1 March 2013 10:31 PM

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