Did you know that the best time see tulips (in the Netherlands) is in mid-April? Every year between mid-March to mid-May, the Keukenhof (literally ‘Kitchen Garden’ in Dutch) in Lisse is opened to the public with a different theme. This … Continue reading

The Abdication of Queen Beatrix & the Investiture of King Willem-Alexander

Earlier this year, my Dutch friend asked me to go to the Netherlands so that we may partake in the Queen’s Day festivities and so that I may witness the investiture of the Netherlands’ first king since 1890! As I’d already missed the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, I was aching to go to the Netherlands but I knew it would not be likely as I still need to work and save up. Since the abdication and investiture took place from last night to this morning in my time zone, I’ve just spent the last few hours looking at as many photos as I can. I am not feeling well today so I have little energy to write a post. Instead, please let me share some links in case you missed out on yesterday’s and today’s festivities.

29 April 2013

Gala Dinner

  • Photos (source: nrc. nl)
  • Photos (source: DailyMail)
  • Best dressed: 1) Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2) Princess Letizia of Spain
  • Best tiaras: 1) Crown Princess Sarah of Brunei, 2) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 3) Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium

30 April 2013

Abdication of Queen Beatrix

  • Photos (source:
  • Photos (source: DailyMail)
  • Best dressed: former queen, now Princess Beatrix

Investiture of King Willem-Alexander

I liked how the little princesses matched in the same blue fabric but wore different styles. My favourite was Princess Ariane’s. 🙂 In one photo, if they rearranged the King and Queen, each little princess would resemble the adult behind her. Princess Catharina-Amalia resembles her father, Princess Alexia her mother, and Princess Ariane her grandmother!

Water Pageant Gala Dinner

So there you go, a very brief post on the Dutch royalty in April! 🙂

Lang leve Koning Willem-Alexander!

NEW Update: Starting next year, 2014, King’s Day will be celebrated on 27 April, King Willem-Alexander’s birthday!

Queen Beatrix abdicates


Today, on the 28th of January, in history marks:



Today, it was just announced that, after 33 years on the throne, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will abdicate this year in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The Queen, who will be turning 75 on 31 January, is the oldest reigning monarch in the Netherlands. She has reigned since 30 April 1980, after the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana. According to royal historian, Carolyn Harris, there has not been a Dutch king since 1890! Prince Willem-Alexander will become king on 30 April, which is Queen’s Day in the Netherlands. You may read her [Google-] translated speech from 28 Jan 2013 here and watch her abdication video here.


English: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in V...

English: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in Vries Français : La reine Beatrix des Pays-Bas à Vries. Nederlands: Koningin Beatrix der Nederlanden in Vries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Facts about Queen Beatrix:


  • Born on 31 January 1938
  • Has 3 sisters: Irene, Margriet, Christina
  • Attended public nursery and primary schools in Ottawa, Canada during WWII
  • Has a law degree from Leiden University
  • Married Claus van Amsberg, a German aristocrat and diplomat, in 1966
  • Has 3 sons: Willem-Alexander, Friso, Constantijn
  • Has 8 grandchildren, of whom 7 are female and 1 is male



Facts about Prince Willem-Alexander (Future King of the Netherlands):


  • Born on 27 April 1967
  • Did military service after high school
  • Has a degree in History from Leiden University
  • Is interested in water management issues
  • Is an aircraft pilot and sportsman
  • Has 3 daughters



Facts about Princess Máxima (Future Queen of the Netherlands):


  • Born on 17 May 1971 in Argentina
  • Through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal
  • She is Roman Catholic but her children will be raised as Protestants
  • She has dual citizenship – Argentinian and Dutch
  • She used to work as an investment banker
  • Has a degree in Economics
  • Has worked in Argentina, New York, and Europe



Facts about Princess Catharina-Amalia (Heiress Apparent to the throne):


  • Born on 7 December 2003
  • Her full name is Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria
  • One of her godmothers is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • She has 2 younger sisters, Alexia and Ariane
  • She will become the 1st Princess of Orange in her own right when her father accedes to the throne


I hope Queen Beatrix will have a peaceful last few months on the throne before she passes on her reign to her son. 🙂 She deserves her rest now!