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The Netherlands Celebrates Queen’s Day 2011

The Netherland turns into an ocean of orange and red-white-blue, as they celebrate ‘Queen’s day 2011’. On April 30 the Netherlands colors orange when it celebrates Queen’s Day and the orange craze spreads all across the country, with parties in all cities and villages.

The Dutch Royal Family are celebrating Queen Beatrix’ official birthday in the southernmost province of Limburg. Accompanied by her sons, daughters in law and her sister Princess Margriet and her family, the Queen has arrived in the town of Thorn. Later in the day they will travel to the city of Weert.

During this national holiday events and celebrations are held throughout the country and Amsterdam transforms into the capital of festivals. You’ll find public street markets, music and bars on every street corner.

It’s on big party in the Netherlands on Queen’s day, the terraces are full and free market are everywhere where neighbors try to sell the old stuff to eachother.

That is only possible in the Netherlands, and everyone is celebrating togheter. Queensday is actually the Netherlands at its best, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte Saturday morning on television shortly before the start of Queensday 2011.

Photo By Radio Nederland Wereldomroep