Luxembourg’s Dutch community just couldn’t wait for King’s Day this year, marking the occasion the night before with a party in the capital.
King’s Night, as they called it, was scheduled a day earlier to ensure as many Dutch people as possible could celebrate as a number of people are expected to take a long weekend off work ahead of the 1 May public holiday.
The Tube, where the event was hosted on Thursday night, was decked out in orange balloons and bunting and you could not miss the Dutch guests who were dressed in orange, a nod to the Dutch royal House of Orange.
The royal fervour was further buoyed by the scheduled official state visit of Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima to Luxembourg from 23-25 May.
It will mark the second visit by the head of state since his coronation, having visited Luxembourg as king five years ago.
“He’s never been so popular as he is now,” Dutch association secretary Nienke ter Avest told Delano on Thursday, adding: “We’re very royal-minded!”.
It was also the first King’s day in Luxembourg to be marked by the new Dutch ambassador to Luxembourg Han-Maurits Schaapveld, who attended Thursday’s festivities. On Friday, he will open the garden of his residence in 138 rue des Muguets to the public from 11am to 3pm.
The festivities are expected to continue into Saturday, when the Dutch school organises a children’s flea market and the King's Games, a sports play day introduced by the king to encourage young people to be active.