King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane left Eindhoven just before 1.30 pm, in the same vehicles as they arrived with. Just before that, the king thanked Eindhoven for the hospitality. He said their hearts go out to the people who cannot celebrate because they have lost loved ones or are, for example, in a hospital, on the ic, at the moment.
The king celebrated his 54th birthday. Just like his birthday last year, the party was adapted because of the corona virus. There was no audience at the activities in Eindhoven. Willem-Alexander emphasized just before the end of the visit in a conversation with journalists that he hoped that more contact with the people would be possible again next year. Máxima thanked Eindhoven for the opportunity the family got to celebrate King’s Day in this way. She expressed the wish that “little by little” it would become possible again to be able to do more.
The King and his family arrived in a caravan of old and new cars on the Tech Campus grounds at around 11 a.m. The king rode with Amalia in the lead in an old DAF that the royal family used for years during holidays in Italy. Maxima was in a solar-powered car from Lightyear. She later said she would have liked it better if she could have ripped a little more into it. Willem-Alexander said about the ride in the DAF: “It was very special that I was now allowed to drive it in real life with my daughter, the next generation. Has been really fantastic. ”
Upon arrival, the Oranges were awaited by the Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma. The queen and the princesses were given a bunch of felt flowers. Jorritsma welcomed the family and congratulated the king. The king and his family then started talking to people remotely via a screen.
On campus they were treated to a concert by some members of the group The Streamers. Paul de Munnik, Guus Meeuwis, Thomas Acda and Roel van Velzen and Nick & Simon, among others, sang the song Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for the family. Guus Meeuwis congratulated the king. The king thanked for the song and said he was looking forward to the concert that the group will give later Tuesday.
The Oranges will travel back to The Hague on Tuesday afternoon, where they will attend the rehearsal of The Streamers’ performance at Paleis Noordeinde. The band will give a live stream concert on Tuesday evening from the square near the Royal Stables.
King’s Day will be closed with a National Toast, just like last year. The king cooperates with that moment of toast. It is not yet known whether other members of the royal family, who raised their glass via a screen last year, can be seen.
Oranges on the picture before departure
Willem-Alexander, Máxima and their daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane left for Eindhoven on Tuesday morning from Paleis Huis ten Bosch to celebrate King’s Day. The Royal Family announced this on social media.
The Royal family shared a photo on Tuesday morning in which they pose together in front of the door. The queen is wearing one dress with print and matching hat, Amalia a pair of trousers with a blouse, Alexia a cream-colored dress and Ariane a blue dress. The king is wearing a dark blue suit with a purple tie.
Eighth King’s Day for the king
King Willem-Alexander will celebrate his 54th birthday on Tuesday. With this, the king will experience his eighth King’s Day, which has been celebrated on 27 April since 2014, almost a year after his inauguration. His mother Beatrix then celebrated Queen’s Day on April 30.
For the second year in a row, the festivities have been adjusted due to the corona virus. Last year, Willem-Alexander and his family celebrated ‘Housing Day’ digitally from Huis ten Bosch Palace on 27 April. This year the king, queen and princesses will be on the road: to Eindhoven.
Palaces decor for performances during King’s Day
Music can be heard on King’s Day from the grounds near the palaces Het Loo, Soestdijk and Noordeinde. Supergroup The Streamers, consisting of, among others, Guus Meeuwis, Davina Michelle, Kraantje Pappie, Miss Montreal and Typhoon, plays in the evening from the square at the Royal Stables in The Hague for the year-old king.
The Streamers have thus achieved a first, because never before has such a large pop concert took place at the working palace of King Willem-Alexander. Willem Alexander, Máxima and their daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane celebrate King’s Day in Eindhoven during the day. They then come to have a look at the rehearsal of The Streamers. It has not been announced whether the Oranges are at the party’s performance in the evening. For this occasion, The Streamers will play a special ‘King’s Day block’ with songs for the birthday boy or girl.
Occasional group The Streamers got together last month because the artists cannot perform in full halls due to the corona virus. Their first free digital live show took place from the Amsterdam Royal Theater Carré. More than 1.2 million people from different countries looked at it. The King’s Day concert can also be followed for free again.