Queensday - Koninginnedag

Martilena

Leiderdorp, Netherlands

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April 30, 2009

A festive day that ended dramatically…. (read the updates)

Today it’s ‘Koninginnedag’ (Queensday) in the Netherlands, the celebration of the queen’s birthday. Actually it’s not her birthday at all, but her mother’s, who would have been 100 years today. As Queensday had become such an institution under the ‘old’ queen Juliana, her daughter Beatrix decided not to change the date. She also did this to honour her mother.
I’m not such a celebrater myself :), but I wish everyone in the Netherlands a happy day…… Veel plezier op Koninginnedag….:)

Update at 14.00 pm
What should have been a festive day, ended in a horror scene.
A terrible accident happened on the route where the Royal family was driving along the crowd in a bus. A car crashed through the public and barely missed the bus. Fourteen people in the audience were injured and up till now there are two dead. All festivities in the country have been cancelled. This is a very very sad day for the Dutch people and the Royal family.
My deepest feelings go to the injured and dead and their relatives……….
I’m so very very sad and also angry that things like this happen in this world…….

Update 16.00 pm
Four dead now…… our queen just appeared on TV and she was almost in tears…. and looked a 100 years older……..
I just went out for a little walk, and the streets were deserted……. Flags are half-staff….. we’re in mourning……..

Video’s on YouTube:
The actual crash
Queen Beatrix

On the 1st of May I made this : How fragile you are

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