Local Heart, Global Soul

May 1, 2013

Apparently There Was a Party Taking Place Yesterday… ???

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As a staunch Republican citizen of the Netherlands on the Day that the country celebrated the retirement of a Queen and the installation of a King,  I drew the line at wearing bright orange but was delighted to join my husband and kids at one of the many traditional flea markets on the streets.

This year we arranged to meet up with five sets of friends at a location reasonably central  to most of us, and four of these families turned up  in the end.

All the kids played together with newly bought toys from the street market and the parents tried to sell off some old toys that our kids swore blind they would be the ones selling, but after the first hour and a half they got bored and slithered out from selling duty leaving all the parents to take over for the rest of the day.

I came home early because I’d been up late baking the night before, had serious pain in my foot because of a lot of standing and walking and needed a nap  because I then spent the evening doing what all good Dutch Republicans do… went off to a French Patisserie class and spoke French all night. Ok, so yes it was still a big  event in Dutch history, so I buckled and took from photos of the Dutch TV coverage before I went out and of the BBC news when I got back.  Therefore here’s a mostly  pictorial post about what the rest of the Netherlands was celebrating yesterday…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Above photo, Beatrix is still Queen… then she signs the abdication document … and isn’t any longer…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Crown is present as a symbolic item only, Willem-Alexander, like the other Dutch Monarchs before him, doesn’t ever get to wear it. Not even on the day of his inauguration.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Kofi Annan and wife amongst official guests (but there were over 2000 of  them so I’ve only photographed a couple who were on the screen at the moment I had the camera in my hand) Since Willem-Alexander got to choose the guest list there were no Heads of State of State or Presidents attending (they are more of this mother’s guest list material) Instead, he choose all of the worlds Crown Princes and Princesses… waiting heirs to thrones as he was before today.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There for show only…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Dutch commentator wryly remarked that Prince Charles also attended the inauguration of  Beatrix 33 years ago, so has seen two in the Dutch circle of friends become monarchs but still isn’t one himself.  She then made a comment about how very much older Charles is than Willem Alexander and continued: The English Queen is “still going strong”.  (Ouch, even I thought that was maybe rather a low blow.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Apparently the Thai princess, heir to the throne is rarely seen in public…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

And apparently the Japanese wife of the Emperor is seen so exceptionally rarely in Public in Japan that 80 photographers are here to photograph her here today (she’s very reclusive and also didn’t attend the Farewell Gala and dinner given by Beatrix and attended by zillions of heads of state on Monday evening)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There’s a walk to be made between the building where the abdication took place and the church where the inauguration takes place… Willem-Alexander’s three young daughters lead the royal family (followed by “Oma” (grandmother) Beatrix)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Amalia, at nine years of age became the world’s youngest heir to a throne today…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

No longer “Queen” Beatrix, but now “Princess”Beatrix… (or elderly lady about to enjoy her retirement).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

6 Comments »

  1. Thank you for this; I really enjoyed it!

    Comment by The Laughing Housewife — May 1, 2013 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  2. Ha! I think it’s hilarious that you thought so “highly” of the occasion that it only warranted photos of what was playing on TV! 😀 That in itself is a brilliant commentary on the whole thing.

    It seems odd to me that Beatriz goes back to being “Princess,” instead of “Queen Mother” or “Dowager So-and-So.” It almost seems like she’s been demoted. But then, I’ve never lived under a monarchy; it’s a whole other world to me.

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — May 5, 2013 @ 2:01 am | Reply

    • The Dutch Parliament and Queen’s Palace might be in The Hague but tradition dictates that investitures always take place in Amsterdam.
      Watching some snippets of the day on TV was about as Royalist as I wanted to get, standing in a crowd literally 1000 deep, looking at the back of people’s heads isn’t my idea of fun on any day of the week let alone for a grand ceremony that elevates an unelected person to a life of luxury travel, living and lifestyle.

      I might not have even bothered with TV photos but a) it is a national historical event for the Netherlands and I do “do” local history, and b) I know fellow blogger Tilly is a confirmed Royalist and would enjoy this post a lot.
      (Tilly, the sacrifices I make to put a smile on my readers faces: you know must be a valued reader for me to have taken these for you. LOL)

      Without trying to offend Tilly in any way, I always thought that the title of “Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother” always looked like a rather pompous and sneaky way to get the word “Queen” twice into your name when you were not even the reigning monarch during your lifetime, (She was only ever the Consort so I never understood either how this was even allowed).

      I don’t understand the reversion of Beatrix’s title to “Princess” either. Dowager-something would have sounded more fitting to her age I think but I assume that there must be some sort of protocol that governs all that stuff.
      Not surprisingly I’m no expert when it comes to Royal protocols, so we are both left guessing 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 5, 2013 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  3. Just a little something, you said the guests were not kings and queen, but princes and princesses. This has a reason, according to protocol the new king has to be the highest in rank, so if kings and queens were to attend they would outrank him. 🙂

    Comment by Anneke — May 6, 2013 @ 10:16 am | Reply

    • Excellent information… Thank you !
      Naturally I’m the first to admit I have limited knowledge when it comes to anything to do with Royalty and yes, it would make sense that he not be outranked on the day of his inauguration. (my information came mostly from the Dutch TV commentary and I was assuming *they* had done some decent research because they would be being held up to scrutiny by many Dutch citizens who DO know their stuff when it comes to the Royal family.)

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 6, 2013 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

      • Oh, I’m sure most of these royals are also friends or at least acquantances. 🙂

        Comment by Anneke — May 6, 2013 @ 5:47 pm | Reply


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