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Old 05-04-2007, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ahtikavalentine
Am I wrong or Mabel wore the same glasses that Máxima wore in New Zeland??? (in different colors, of course)

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Good eye ahtikavalentine! I believe they are the same just different colors. I don't much like the sunglasses at all they are too big for my taste. But I think I like the color of Mabel's better than Maxima's.

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Old 05-04-2007, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Marengo
Amsterdam is packed with tourists anyway these months, not only due to Queensday. I suspect that many/most didn't even know about it and got a rather strange surprise when they woke up in the morning. The tourists who do come usually comment that the event is much bigger then they expected. Personally I am not to fond of this part of Queensday: to crowded and to many drunk people.

Re: Queensday -> it is interesting what they will do with it in the future indeed. First of all I do agree with the general opinion here that it is expected that the CP will keep April 30th as official birthday. The naming of the day would be interesting. Kingsday would be my personal favourite but I wouldn't be surprised that a new King will surprise his mother during his enthronement and will say that to honour his 3 strong female predecessors the day will remain Queensday. A disadvantage might be that Maxima might be styled Queen to.
But the most interesting IMHO will be HOW they will celebrate it. Personally I haven't been a great fan of the present way, but after watching it on television today I must say that the public seems to love it and the crowd seems to get bigger each year. But Willem IV is free to change the way he will celebrate this day, like his mother did. I don't expect the traditional defile to return though.
My prediction:

The brithday of the reigning King or Queen will be celebrated on April 30th, also during the kingships of King Willem IV Alexander (birthday April 27) and Queen Catharina-Amalia (birthday December 7).

The day will remain 'Koninginnedag' (Queen's Day), there will be no confusion with the spouse of the King when she will be styled as HRH The Princess of the Netherlands, as is the intention of the Royal House Act 2002.

The day will become 'Koningsdag' (King's Day) when the spouse of the King will be styled as HM Queen Máxima, despite the regulations in the Royal House Act 2002.

King Willem IV Alexander will probably maintain the tradition but add modern elements like a national celebration in a giant stadium, like was done on the eve of his wedding in 2002.


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Old 05-06-2007, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Aurora810
Good eye ahtikavalentine! I believe they are the same just different colors. I don't much like the sunglasses at all they are too big for my taste. But I think I like the color of Mabel's better than Maxima's.
Sorry, but I think thats the most ugly sunglasses I have ever seen
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:15 PM
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thanks for the all the photos.

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