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Queen's Day parties will go ahead, despite king's inauguration

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan has appealed to local councils all over the country to make sure Queen’s Day celebrations continue as usual on April 30 despite the investiture of king Willem-Alexander.

A number of local Queen’s Day clubs were planning to switch their festivities to April 27, to allow people to watch Beatrix' abdication and the inauguration of the new king on April 30.

But Van der Laan is worried too many people may then head for Amsterdam, making the city dangerously full. Hundreds of thousands of partygoers flock to the capital for the Queen's Day celebrations every year.

At a meeting of local organising committees late on Monday, most said local festivities would go ahead as usual on Tuesday April 30. But provision would also be made for people who want to watch the inauguration ceremony on big screens.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Why does the mayor encourage people to come to Amsterdam from all over the world for Queens Day but tells people in Netherlands not to travel into the city? It is their Queen and King to be after all? It is one day of the year, lighten up Meneer van der Laan, let your hair down and lets have the biggest party the Netherlands has ever had.

By CarolH | 19 February 2013 11:50 AM

Shame I was hoping for a police riot free year.

By Jason | 19 February 2013 1:22 PM

In my opinion - and well in advance of Qday - I can tell that this is very poor planning and it is likely to cause lots of unecessary problems. But they will probably go ahead wih it, and then wonder how on earth all the problems happened. Isn't that what happens most of the time here?

By Z | 19 February 2013 2:16 PM

I find it ridiculous that she/they chose Queen's day to do this. They couldn't just do it on the Monday and give the M-F workers a four day weekend? Of course not. That would be too nice a thing to do for the slaves. I don't even have a M-F job. I just find it a totally stupid idea to have both on the same day. Then move Q's day to the 27th henceforth. Or just inaugurate on the 27th and leave Q's day where it is. Why cause more beaurocratic mess? It's just stupid.

By Bubba | 19 February 2013 6:02 PM

Why is the event continually referred to as an "inauguration"?

Presidents are "inaugurated" - kings and queens are "coronated".

Editors note: Dutch kings and queens do not have a crown placed on their head, and therefore there is no coronation.

By Walter | 20 February 2013 12:02 PM

It's such a shame they didn't make this a long weekend holiday event. It's such an important royal happening, a Queen is abdicating and there is to be a King. Look to the UK how they did the royal stuff in 2012, it brought people together. They could have really added some feel good factor to society, but sadly.....

By Anne Onymous | 21 February 2013 1:33 AM

Why do you not Crown your Monarch?

By connie Lewis | 22 February 2013 2:11 AM

While none theless i live in New york,let everybody be happy..GO AHEAD AND " FIESTA" best wishes ro all.

By Sentimo rodin | 23 February 2013 8:07 AM

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