Thursday 09 April 2020

Kings Day celebrations in Maastricht cancelled as coronavirus bites

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The visit to Maastricht by king Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and the rest of the royal family to celebrate King’s Day this year has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The impact of the virus and government measures to keep it in check make it impossible for the traditional walk about to go ahead, the provincial authorities said on Monday.

The invitation to the royal family remains open for another day, officials said.

King’s Day takes place on April 27, three weeks after the initial government lock-down is due to be reassessed and there is already speculation about whether or not the event, a sort of nationwide street party, will go ahead in its traditional form.

The Kingsworld festival in The Hague, which takes place every March 27, has already been scrapped because of coronavirus.

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