Queens Day

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Queens Day (Koninginnedag) is a national holiday here in The Netherlands, celebrated on the 30th April each year to celebrate the Queenie's birthday. The day is celebrated all over the country by flag-waving, orange-wearing Patriots and is quite a sight to see. Makes me really proud to be here enjoying my first Queens Day in my new home country. The largest celebrations which all the tourists flock to see are probably in Amsterdam though it is also tradition to have a good booze up and celebrate the night before (Koninginnenacht) in Den Haag and probably numerous other cities around the country.

The weather was absolutely beautiful today, glorious sunshine. We had toyed with the idea of going to Amsterdam or maybe Apeldoorn as this is where my other half Jaap was born and where many of his relatives still live, thank goodness we didn't after the events which took place this year - the assassination attempt on the Royal family resulting in 7 deaths and many more seriously injured.

This resulted in many of the countries celebrations being cancelled this year.

We were celebrating the festivities in our local town of Vlaardingen, oblivious at first of the attack in Apeldoorn, mingling amongst the crowds proudly displaying our Orange wristbands. We stumbled across a classic car show in the Oranjepark whilst walking into the town centre, which was a pleasant surprise for me, as I'm such a geek when it comes to old cars. Not so entertaining for Jaap who looked a little bemused at my excitement, taking snaps from all angles of every car! Yes I'm a complete geek. Small selection of the best snaps below for you.

The day is also known for it's free markets (Vrijmarkt) where people sell their belongings in the street, a giant jumble sale or flea market. The streets of Vlaardingen were strewn with childrens toys and other bits of bric-a-bric. I don't think much money exchanged hands, I think it's more of a social event rather than a profitable one. The town also played host to a funfair, fun run and all the other typical carnival celebrations.

nicolecarp says:
I am SO right there with you on loving old cars!!! We have this big event here in Vegas every year called Viva Las Vegas..it's rockabilly car show with burlesque events. Lots of fun, tons of people all dressed up. I suggest giving it a shot one year.
Posted on: Jun 05, 2009
ik-ben-10eke says:
The village I live in celebrate Queensday unlike the village where I grew up. The idea of vrijmarkt was so odd for me when I first got to know it, I was already in my late twenties that time LOL
And by that time I went to Amsterdam for the holiday, we got into a traffic jam... oh no... there is not motorized traffic allowed in the Leidsestraat, so we better call it a pedestrian jam, on our way to the Vondelpark. As far as I know the Vondelpark nowadays is assigned as vrijmarkt just for children.
This year I entered the Vrijmarkt (in our village) as a seller for the very first time in my life, selling my vigorous garden perennials - the profit was for my little BJ who loooves the vrijmarkt.
Posted on: Jun 05, 2009
Larrys says:
Hope to see you and Jaap in Amsterdam next year for the queen's bday.
Posted on: May 25, 2009
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