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Old 02-20-2017, 07:47 AM
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King Willem-Alexander's 50th Birthday: April 27, 2017

King Willem Alexander will turn 50 on April 27th. He invites 150 people who also turn 50 this year to have dinner with him at the palace at the April 28th!!

https://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/wa50/
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King Willem Alexander will turn 50 on April 27th. He invites 150 people who also turn 50 this year to have dinner with him at the palace at the April 28th!!

https://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/wa50/
These 150 people must be:
- anyone who has a birthday on April 27th ánd
- who celebrates a crown year (jubilees which are a multiply of 5)

After the diner the Royal Palace in Amsterdam will be open, for free, for 50 continue hours: from April 28th at 22.00 o'clock until April 30th at midnight.

Wonderful initiative by the King. The special site is nice too ( https://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/wa50/ )

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Old 02-20-2017, 09:17 AM
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What a pity that I was born on the day before and I am not Dutch. This year I will celebrate my 35th birthday!

This is a very very nice idea from the Dutch Royal Court.
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A nice idea indeed. On his birthday on thursday the 27th the king and his family will be in Tilburg.

The 50 hrs opening of the palace prevents it from being used for a private party in the weekend. But let's hope they will celebrate it at Het Loo or in The Hague.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:06 AM
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There was a big three-day event in the Royal Palace, in the Rijksmuseum, in EYE Amsterdam (April 2013) so maybe the King wants to skip once. (But of course this diner is an event as well, maybe not the traditional expected one).
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:07 PM
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A nice idea indeed. On his birthday on thursday the 27th the king and his family will be in Tilburg.

The 50 hrs opening of the palace prevents it from being used for a private party in the weekend. But let's hope they will celebrate it at Het Loo or in The Hague.
It's a wonderfull initiative I think!!!
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video invite by the king
https://www.facebook.com/HetKoninkli...6191605863196/
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:23 PM
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A nice idea to make a video too. All the images are of the palace in Amsterdam. Except for the part with the king: he is sitting in the dining room of Noordeinde.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:27 PM
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Yes, the Gallery Chamber. I liked the video. It brings the monarchy closer: "Come, celebrate with me."

The event with the 150 birthdayers of course does not prevent another celebration at Het Loo, Noordeinde or the Royal Palace (in the week before King's Day). Of course the King can also have a celebration in one of the many splendid venues in the capital, like the former Admiralty in Amsterdam (Shipping Museum), the Concertgebouw, or the Kurhaus in The Hague, the Château St Gerlach near Maastricht, whatever. It is still February.... Seeing the video, the special site, the organisation, I have the idea King Willem-Alexander will give a party indeed. I will not be surprised to see Philippe & Mathilde, Felipe & Letizia, etc. The Netherlands are booming again. The State Budgets will see surplusses, spending is up, unemployment is down, buzzz is back in trade and employment. Good time for a celebration.
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And a good year and occassion for the Stuart, I would say. I can't think of a better occassion actually, esp. as a state visit to Britain is not going to happen in a decade or so.
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An outing of the Stuart would end our favourite pastime: to speculate about it. The diadem has gotten such mythic proportions that the real outing maybe will be a disappointment...

When the King celebrates his birthday, I can not imagine it will be a white tie-affair, most likely black tie like that wonderful banquet in the Rijksmuseum in April 2013. An outing of the most imposing and most heavy diadem during a black tie banquet maybe is a bit off-balance?

Regarding a State Visit to the United Kingdom: the Benelux-countries and especially the Dutch have always advocated a membership of the United Kingdom in the EU, out of self-interest: as a contra-weight against the powerful neighbours Germany and France. The United Kingdom out of the EU remains of great importance. Think about the Dutch-Anglo mammoths as Royal Dutch Shell or Unilever. I am sure there will be a grand State Visit to/from the United Kingdom in short period.

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Will there be a big party with other royals like on his 40th birthday in Apeldoorn?
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:49 AM
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We don't know yet. It is still february. The 40 years celebration Het Loo Palace was at August 31st / September 1st 2007, so also the 50th birthday can be celebrated then.

An advantage for a celebration at August 31th is the spectacular 17th C style fireworks which are organized to commemmorate Willem III and Mary on the birthday of the late Queen Wilhelmina. Thousands of candlelights are then lining the formal gardens and big fireworks are fired behind the pavillion: picture

In combination with drums and fanfare (Georg Friedrich Händel - Music For The Royal Fireworks) it can result in a grand festive display. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh watching the fireworks at Het Loo: picture.
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King Willem Alexander will turn 50 on April 27th. He invites 150 people who also turn 50 this year to have dinner with him at the palace at the April 28th!!

https://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/wa50/
Over 11000 people applied for an invitation to the dinner. Fun side note is according to national statistics only maximum 7900 people met the criteria for applying for the invitation

Ruim 11.000 aanmeldingen voor feestje koning | NOS

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I think it's such a heartwarming idea for WA to invite other turning 50 year olds to his birthday celebrations. I'm looking forward to seeing photos from the occasion.
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W-A gets a new song written for him for his 50th birthday
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I think it's such a heartwarming idea for WA to invite other turning 50 year olds to his birthday celebrations. I'm looking forward to seeing photos from the occasion.
It's not just turning 50 year youngs,it is for ALL who celebrate a Crown Year on the 27th of april.So,it could be a 90 year old,or a 25th birthday,or 55th,or 60....see...
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It's not just turning 50 year youngs,it is for ALL who celebrate a Crown Year on the 27th of april.So,it could be a 90 year old,or a 25th birthday,or 55th,or 60....see...
Ehm, well, I wasn't aware of that at the time of that - old - post of mine. But now I know. It also was a light hearted post that wasn't meant to be read too much into.
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As known the King will celebrate his 50th birthday with 150 fellow Dutchmen celebrating their 50th birthday as well on April 27th or having "another crown year" on that day.

The 150 guests will be picked by lottery. They will enjoy a real royal galadiner in the Royal Palace Amsterdam and after it there will be a "festive event" on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

The actual birthday, April 27th, will be celebrated in Tilburg, where the national celebration of King's Day 2017 is organized.

Around his birthday the King will organize a 4-day event for family and friends (including foreign royals). The King's guests will have a sports day in Rotterdam, with the emphasis more on having fun together than on sports achievements.

There will be a diner and dance at the back-cour of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. The King is taking a gamble with the April weather, but he will have an alternative indoors when the weather is not too promising.

On the last day the King will host a brunch in the park near his private villa on the Royal Estate De Horsten in Wassenaar (near The Hague). The events for family and friends will have a private character, but knowing the King's well-willingness, he will probably allow media moments during the private festivities.

Source: Vorsten Royale (a Dutch royal magazine)
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King Willem-Alexander will be expanded 50th anniversary celebration with no less than four days of celebration. April 27 he will celebrate his birthday (King's), the nation April 28 he dines with old people who have to celebrate a jubilee year, and 29 and April 30 he celebration with friends, family and foreign Royals. Koning Willem-Alexander's Feestvierdaagse | De Oranjes
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