King's Day in the Netherlands Date in the current year: April 27, 2018

King's Day in the Netherlands The birthday of the reigning monarch is a national holiday in the Kingdom of Netherlands. Since 2014, it has been celebrated on April 27, marking the birth of King Willem-Alexander. The holiday is referred to as King's Day (Koningsdag).

The holiday was first observed on August 31, 1885 as Princess's Day (Prinsessedag). It was the celebration of the fifth birthday of Crown Princess Wilhelmina. When she succeeded to the throne in 1890, the holiday was renamed to Queen's Day (Koniginnedag).

In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated. Her son Willem-Alexander became the first King since the observance of Queen's Day. As a result, the national holiday became known as King's Day, and its celebration was moved to the King's actual birthday, April 27. It it walls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on April 26 instead.

King's Day festivities are typically organized by local associations known as Orange Committees. They include concerts, outdoor parties and other special events in public spaces. On this day, a nationwide flee market also takes place. Many people wear orange clothes or dye their hair orange in honor of the Dutch royal dynasty, the House of Orange-Nassau.

King's Day is officially celebrated in the Netherlands territories outside Europe, namely Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the island of Bonaire.

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