Yesterday, we here in the Netherlands welcomed in our new monarchs. That's right, we now have a king, King Willem Alexander. I could go more into the monarchy, and maybe one day I will, but what is important for now is that yesterday was not only Queen's Day, next year we will have King's Day, but that it was the last one for the foreseeable future. Last year, the Verlo and I braved the trains and ventured up to Amsterdam. This year with the stepping down of the Queen taking place in Amsterdam, we decided to forgo the insane crowd and stay in Utrecht, after all, I have never celebrated Queen's Day in my home city.
One thing I noticed is that in Amsterdam the crowds are everywhere, in Utrecht they are in a few key areas around the city. I also noticed a lot more performers in Utrecht that I did last year, but that could just be that I walked around and last year we found a great spot and stayed there. Either way, Queen's Day is awesome!
There was music everywhere!
These kids were playing Smoke on the Water, pretty impressive at their age!
And these girls were singing the Andrew's Sisters, I love how eclectic the city is.
One of the things about Queen's Day is that it is the only day of the year where markets are free to have. Hence you get everyone sharing their junk!
This little girl was dressed as Pippi Longstocking. Fun fact about me, the year I went as Pippi for Halloween was my favorite costume ever!
And of course, some people party a bit too hard. I have no idea where this guy thought he was going to climb to, but he was unsuccessful.
Off course, you need to have lots of orange decorations!
The Dutch may love Willem's wife, the newly crowned Queen Maxima, even more than the king.
Have you ever been in the Netherlands for Queen's Day?