February 4th, 2013 | Last updated: April 25th, 2014
DutchAmsterdam.com — Queen’s Day is getting a new name as well as a different date.
Starting in 2014 Koninginnedag, the annual Dutch national holiday in honour of the Queen’s birthday, will be known as Koningsdag (King’s Day) — and will be celebrated on April 27 instead of April 30.
Actually, since April 27, 2014 falls on a Sunday, that year King’s Day celebrations will take place on Saturday, April 26.
Queen’s Day — essentially the world’s biggest street party — is celebrated abundantly throughout the Netherlands, but Amsterdam is the place to be.
Queen Beatrix Abdicates; Prince Willem-Alexander to become King
Queen’s Day becomes King’s Day
Other than the name change and the fact that the holiday will be celebrated three days earlier, no other changes are anticipated.
Incidentally, the Royal Family is hugely popular in the Netherlands, but Princess Máxima is by far its most popular member. In an annual survey4 conducted by public broadcaster NOS last April, Máxima received 62 percent of the votes, Queen Beatrix 52 percent and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander 34 percent.
It will be interesting to see how many people keep referring to the annual celebration as Queen’s Day instead of Kings’s Day.
Queen’s Day 2013, Amsterdam
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan has told the press that the city’s traditional Queen’s Day celebrations will take place in addition to the inauguration ceremony.
The inauguration will be held in the Nieuwe Kerk right next to it.
The ‘free markets’ — a city-wide flea market — will be be allowed, except in areas where ceremonies surrounding the succession will be held.
Small parties and small-scale events will take place as well. Last year large-scale Queen’s Day events that traditionally were held in Amsterdam were banned in favor of smaller ones in an effort to somewhat curtail the overwhelming number of people visiting the city on that day. That approach was a success, so it will be continued this year as well.
Hotels Fully Booked
Each year more and more foreigners come to Amsterdam specifically to experience Queen’s Day. But if you failed to book for this year’s celebration, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hotel room in the center of Amsterdam.
Newspapers report that right after Queen Beatrix’s announcement, there was a run on hotel rooms. The run was accompanied, inevitably, by a price hike that saw the average rate climb from €92 to €147 per night.
- Transcript of Queen Beatrix’s abdication announcement ↩
- Investiture information, Website of The Royal Family ↩
- While The Hague, the capital of the Dutch province of South Holland, is the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, Supreme Court and Council of State, constitutionally Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. ↩
- Queen Beatrix and Princess Máxima most popular Dutch royals, Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2012 ↩
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