King’s Day is the Dutch national holiday celebrating the King’s birthday on 27 April. If 27 April falls on a Sunday, King’s Day is celebrated on the previous day.
Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Juliana celebrated Queen’s Day on their birthdays (31 August and 30 April, respectively). Queen Beatrix celebrated Queen’s Day on 30 April, her mother’s birthday, rather than on her own birthday on 31 January.
Royal family to visit towns
On King’s Day, King Willem-Alexander and other members of the royal family will join in the festivities during visits to one or two towns. The visits will be broadcast live on television.
The history of King’s Day
The celebration of the monarch’s birthday goes back to Princess’ Day, which was first observed on 31 August 1885, the birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, then heiress to the throne. Princess’ Day became Queen’s Day after King Willem III’s death in 1890. Initially, Queen’s Day was primarily a festive day for children as it coincided with the last day of the summer holidays. As time passed, more and more people were given the day off to celebrate and Queen’s Day became a national holiday.