Official silver wedding portrait:
The couple arrived in Amsterdam with the Royal Barge. Apparently the flag on the back was too high, so tey had to lower it at a bridge on the Ceintuurbaan. However this never in the presence of the monarch in the 144 history of the barge, in the end Queen Juliana gave the order herself.
The barge arrived at the Amstel hotel and the couple switched to the creme caleche and made a tour through the city. The group went to the Stadsschouwburg where the wedding song of Wagner's Lohengrin was sung by the Dutch opera. After this the procession went towards the RAI halls, where there was a special entertainment show for the royal family & the public. Upon the entrance of the couple 500 turnsters form the letters J and B, with the number 25 in the middle while eight choirs sing 'Tulpen uit Amsterdam'
NB. Another source says that they started with a carriage ride, visit to the RAI, boat tour and ended at Dam palace.
The evening starts with a dinner at the Royal Palace on Dam square. Afterwards the Royal Family leaves in cars to Royal Concert Building, where they were offered the national present: two fields where centers will be founded for the Dutch youth. The showis ended with a fireworks show.
Church service at Westerkerk in Amsterdam
Arrival of foreign royal guests. The most important ones were greeted by Princess Beatrix
In the evening there was a boattour through the canals of Amsterdam. After the tour the guests arrived at the official dinner and photo shoot at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. According to the pres Queen Elizabeth II was not amused to see that not she but the Shah of Persia was sitting on the right side of Queen Juliana (I am not sure if the made this up btw). The tables were decorated with salmon-coloured tulips in silver bastkets and vases.
Les queues de homard a la parisienne
La sauce verte
L′extrait du charolais au cerfeuil
Les supremes de pintadeau smitane
Les pommes noisette
Le souffle glace jubile
They day started with a visit tothe Keukenhof gardens in Lisse. I have read that Queen Juliana thought it was 'fun' (or more practical?) to go by bus, much to the horror of Queen Elizabeth II. King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, who were unable to attend the celebrations the day before, did arrive here too.
In the afternoon the celebrations were finished aboard the HMS Oranje, with a bridal ball. It was noted by the papers that Jhr. C. J. de Ranitz, mayor of Utrecht danced with Empress Farah. To emphasize the informal nature of this ball, the Queen and Prince also invited student friends of princesses Beatrix and Irene. Princess Beatrix was dancing with Bob Steensma, a son of a civil law notary from Eindhoven, which started rumours about a relationship of the two.
3, 5, 7, 8 May:
Visits to the capitals of all 12 provinces of the country