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Still not yet decided how you’re going to celebrate the coronation of Prins Willem on 30th April? Then take a look at our fun party tips for the big day below!
Celebrate the coronation in Amsterdam
If you want to be close to all the action, then you’ll need to travel to Amsterdam. Even those who aren’t lucky enough to receive an official invitation to the formal reception at the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) won’t be bored in the Dutch capital. Indeed, the bustling city is planning a variety of exciting events and parties, including a traditional street market in the Vondelpark, a Koningsbal (King’s Ball) at Museumplein, a Kingsday Festival in the Olympic Stadium and a Queensland Festival in the RAI. In addition, several Amsterdam districts are arranging flea markets and open-air stages, bars and video screens where you can follow the change of the throne as it unfolds.
Attend a change of throne reception at a Dutch embassy or consulate
Many Dutch embassies and consulates are organising a reception in honour of the change of throne on April 30th. It’s best to check the website of your nearest embassy or consulate to find out if, and when, the reception will take place and also how you and your family can obtain tickets. It’s advisable to arrange this sooner rather than later, as demand is expected to be high.
Take part in a coronation party at your local Dutch club
Naturally, most Dutch clubs abroad intend to celebrate the change of throne with a lavish party. If you want to get involved and meet other Dutch people in your area, then check out our list of Dutch clubs and associations abroad to find out more.
Organise your own Orange Party
Not everyone can simply hop on a flight to Amsterdam or lives within a reasonable travel distance of a Dutch embassy, consulate or club. But don’t let that stop you from celebrating the coronation in style – you can still organise your very own ‘Orange Party’ with family and friends from your neighbourhood. Get into the party spirit by transforming your living room and garden into a sea of orange using orange flags and garlands and dressing yourself from tip to toe in orange with an orange summer, cowboy or bell hat, orange sunglasses, orange glitter boa and orange hairspray. You can complete your patriotic look with some make-up in the traditional Dutch colours, before greeting your guests in typical Dutch style with a glass of Oranjebitter and some Dutch cheese. Then let the party begin!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?