Koninginnedag, also know as Queen’s Day, is celebrated in the Netherlands on April 30th. It pays tribute to their Queen Beatrix who has been serving as Queen since April 30, 1980, when her mother abdicated the throne to her. She is carrying on that tradition and plans to abdicate her throne to her son Willem-Alexander. Once he is king, the Dutch will celebrate Koningsdag, or King’s day, on April 27th (which is his birthday). Willem-Alexander will be the first male monarch since 1890.
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People celebrating Queen’s Day often wear orange or dye their hair orange to “represent the House of Orange-Nassau, which rules over the Netherlands.”
Celebrate Queen’s Day with these fun activities:
Learn to speak in Dutch at Digital Dialects.
Learn to play the traditional children’s game of Hul Gul.
Learn about a Kid’s Life in the Netherlands.
Make a windmill craft.
Color a map, flag or tulip at DLTK.
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