Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. The lineage of the current dynasty -- the House of Oranje-Nassau -- dates back to Willem van Oranje (William of Orange). But while the color orange has royal roots in the Netherlands, today it symbolizes a broader pride in the country and in being Dutch. The Dutch national soccer team wears orange. Dutch olympians wear orange.
There were more people in my little village (it's a national holiday) than I have ever seen. I might have missed something earlier in the day (I don't know because I was at work) for the big handing over of power but when I finally got there it was basically just a big flea market. The street was very crowded and since Dutch people are ridiculously tall I get frequent elbows to the face and head when I'm in crowds here and shopping isn't my thing so I didn't stay long.
|No joke, the top of my head was at his elbow.|
|I didn't realize the camera was set to B&W when I took this and it makes me sad because he was so cute in his orange cape and crown!|
|I should have rotated it so that the stripes represented the Dutch flag. Here they represent the French flag. Oops!|
That's all I have from Queen's Day. Check out what's happening in other parts of the world over at Unknown Mami.