Saturday, May 02, 2015

Dutch King’s Birthday in Cleveland

De La Porte,
Consul of the Netherlands for the state of Ohio, explained what
King’s Day (Koningsdag)
is.  The Dutch community celebrates
King’s Day (Koningsdag) after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30
April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day).

The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August
1885 in honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day
(Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana)
succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance
with the new Queen's birthday. 

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