Despite the modest program, Sunny King’s Day brought a lot of activity to cities

There were again no large-scale free markets and massive parties on King’s Day this year. On a sun-drenched day, the royal family celebrated the 54th birthday of King Willem-Alexander in a corona-proof manner in Eindhoven. At the same time, that sunny weather led to many people taking to the streets, resulting in overcrowded parks and intervention by the cities themselves.

Host city Eindhoven organized various activities for the royal family as part of the holiday. King Willem-Alexander and his family arrived in a caravan of old and new cars on the campus in Eindhoven, where they were met by the Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma.

On campus, the family was treated to a performance by several members of the group The Streamers, before going to a studio where they took part in a region quiz (which they won) and ate cream pie and where the princesses competed against each other. in a hovercraft race.

After the program in Eindhoven, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the princesses left for The Hague. The king concluded the day’s program with a National Toast, which he dedicated to all those involved in corona time.

The day was brought to a festive end with the concert by The Streamers, which could be followed not only by the royal couple, but also by the Dutch people.

Especially in big cities too many partygoers on their feet

But the sun was not only shining brightly in Eindhoven: the weather was nice all over the country on King’s Day and so many people went out. This led to crowds in parks: in Breda, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Eindhoven and Groningen, among others, the municipalities took measures to curb the large crowd. In the Amsterdam Vondelpark and the Valkenbergpark in Breda it became so busy that the parks had to be evacuated.

Especially in the big cities many partygoers were on their feet. Amsterdam urged in the afternoon not to come to the city anymore, a call that Utrecht also made not much later.

According to the Security Council, people responded en masse to the call to celebrate King’s Day at home last year, but that was different in some places this year. “It is understandable that events and a fun party are missed together, especially after such a long period,” said Hubert Bruls, the chairman of the Security Council. “But only by adhering to the measures to the best of our ability can we ease gradually.”
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