Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag / Queensday in Haarlem

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Yesterday was the best Dutch National Holiday; Queensday or Koninginnedag. you would think that we are celebrating the Queens birthday, but what we dutchies are actually celebrating is the birthday of the (late) queen mom. When our current Queen Beatrix was crowned in 1980, this national holiday was her present to her mother.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Our nation loves our Royal Family and that’s why every year the whole nation puts on their orange t-shirts and we party our orange bums off every where. The Royal Family celebrates with us every year, by visiting 2 places in Holland which prepare a whole tour for the royals with performances, music and (old fashioned) games in which most royals also take part (as a queen lover, I always watch at least an hour of this on tv, screaming every minute “look a nice they are!” “Aren’t they just great!?!” which my boyfriends just ignores after say Yes, yes yeeheees…)

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelasKoninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Anyway, we celebrated in the place we live in Haarlem, where loads of people (young and old) try to make a Euro or 2 by selling their goods on the free market, but there are also bands performing everywhere, and – my favorite, on the central square there is a kermis. Enough to do and see! This is the impression I made for you guys.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

FYI – the guitarist in front is wearing shorts behind his guitar… ย ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. Ooh la la, die gitarist! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Ooh la la, indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚
      leuk detail, hij had wel super sjieke lakschoenen aan!!

  2. That looks like heaps of fun and wow, those are are very teeny shorts! Great photos.

    1. Thanks Sheof, this is by far the best holiday! if you ever have the chance you have to visit holland on the 30th of april, you are gonna LOVE IT!!

  3. looks so vivid, you had a great day!

    1. Tamara, we had a fantastic day! All the days before we had at least a bit of rain at some point and the morning after it was pouring, but Queensday was a blazing hot day. it was absolutely great!

      1. We all need such days!

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ INDEED ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Very nice, see I learn something new here too ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t been to Holland but I have a sweet invitation from a friend there that I haven’t cashed in on. Thanks for this!

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you should have known about it a couple of days earlier, now you have to wait for a month…. but it will be worth the wait. Live music everywhere, happy people, chill out and have a couple of drinks… Queensday is the best!

  5. it looks like you had a great day!

    1. yes it was a great day, also because it was such a sunny day & because everybody in the street is celebrating!

  6. wat leven we toch in een heerlijk landje hรจ? leuk een fellow-nederlandse tegen te komen!

    1. Ja, prachtig he?! en ja, ik ben via deze weg al een paar andere mede-neder-bloggers tegen gekomen, super leuk. Ik heb volgens mij jouw blog een tijd geleden bezocht, mooie foto’s! Ga zo nog even kijken!

  7. So much fun! Thanks for the heads up about what’s behind the guitar! Ha!

    1. thank you too!! and yes, I saw later that this photo might give the wrong impression, so therefore… ๐Ÿ™‚
      they looked and sounded good though!

  8. nice atmosphere. I wish that I was there ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thanks, it was great day and absolutely the best dutch holiday of the year!

  9. Looks like a great day! I kind of envy the countries with royalty…would be so nice to still have them in Germany ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Kristina, We are lucky with our royal family, not every country loves them as much as we do. But now you know, maybe you can plan a trip to holland next year around this time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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