Top Stories

Apr 27, 10:33 AM EDT

The Netherlands turns all orange for King's Day

AP Photo
AP Photo/Margriet Faber

Multimedia
Smoking Ban Hits Dutch Marijuana Coffee Shops
Latest News
Dutch peacekeeper not prosecuted for Srebrenica massacre

The Netherlands turns all orange for King's Day

Anthropologist criticized for showing images of MH17 victims

Employee detained after fire at British embassy in The Hague

Buy AP Photo Reprints

DORDRECHT, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands turned out in orange on Monday and the famed national football team wasn't even playing. Monarch Willem-Alexander turned 48 and the whole country celebrated King's Day.

The national holiday brought the king to Dordrecht, a city close to the port of Rotterdam, to set off a full day of celebrations under sunny skies among thousands of well-wishers in orange-colored outfits.

The celebrations will end with hundreds of evening parties across the nation of 16.8 million. The highlight of the daytime celebrations was an armada of pleasure boats going down the river as Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters were taken around in a vessel turned out with orange flowers.

Celebrating the monarch's anniversary has been a tradition for several generations in the Netherlands.

In Amsterdam boats crammed the famed canals to join the party to honor the king.

"I am supporting our monarchy, they provide a good atmosphere and represent our country abroad in the best possible way," said student Rob Visser.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

  • 490 First Avenue South
  • St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • 727-893-8111