Friday, 2 June 2023

Books by UK Royals

Disclosure: This blog post contains some links to books on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Here is a list of books either authored or illustrated by a Royal. (We have not included books which: only had a forward or introduction written by the royal, are written in a foreign language, very obscure, collections of speeches, etc.)

King Charles
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
  • Autobiography
    • Spare (2023)
      • Ghost written by J. R. Moehringer 
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
Prince Andrew, The Duke of York
Sarah, Duchess of York
The Duke of Kent 
Princess Michael of Kent 
Deceased Royals
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Windsor (Former King Edward VIII)
  • Autobiography
    • A King's Story (1951)
The Duchess of Windsor 
  • Autobiography
    • The Heart has its Reasons: The Memoirs of the Duchess of Windsor (1956)
Princess Alice, The Duchess of GLoucester 

Books by Netherlands Royals

 Disclosure: This blog post contains some links to books on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Here is a list of books either authored or illustrated by a Royal. (We have not included books which: only had a forward or introduction written by the royal, are written in a foreign language, very obscure, collections of speeches, etc.)

Princess Wilhelmina (Abdicated Queen)

Book by Japan Royals

Book cover of The Thames and I: A memoir of Two Years at Oxford (2019 reprint) Disclosure: This blog post contains some links to books on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Here is a list of books either authored or illustrated by a Royal. It is not by any means a complete list.

(We have not included books which: only had a forward or introduction written by the royal, are written in a foreign language, very obscure, etc.)

Emperor Naruhito

Emperor Emeritus Akihito & Empress Emerita Michiko
Princess Takamado

Thursday, 1 June 2023

The King's Official Birthday/ Trooping the Colours - Main Page

Trooping the Colour MOD 45155754 

Each year, the UK celebrates the Monarch's official birthday. It is usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in June. On very rare occasions, it is held on a different day of the week to coincide with other Celebrations. (E.g. Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.) 

The British Monarch has two birthdays (real & official) is to allow for a public celebration during good weather when it is possible to have a outdoor parade and large public gathering.  

While this post focuses on the Monarch's official Birthday Celebrations in the UK, other realms do hold their own birthday celebrations for the Monarch. Those are usually held in May or June and will have their own traditions. 

The Monarch’s official birthday celebrate their birthday that calendar year whether already past (E.g. In Queen Elizabeth II's Reign) or still to come (E.g. King Charles III's Reign).

Trooping the Colour is the name of the parade that takes place at Horseguards Parade. "Colour" refers to the Regiment's Flag. The Trooping the Colour at Horse Guard Parade airs live on BBC. There used to be restrictions about viewing outside the UK, due to BBC licensing, but in recent years it usually had been freely available on Youtube. And video of the Balcony for Fly Over is usually always freely available. 

Timeline for normal years:
  • Night Before
    • List of Monarch's Birthday Honors are released
  • 9:15 AM 
    • Troops start forming at Horse Guards Parade
  • 10:45
    • Royals in Procession leave Buckingham Palace for Horse Guards Parade. 
  • 11:00 AM 
    • Trooping the Colours begins at the Horse Guard Parade
  • 12:20 PM
    •  Carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace
  • 1 PM  Flypast 
    • Royals appear on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace
  • Later
    • Monarch usually has a few audiences at Buckingham Palace

Royal Attendance at Trooping the Colours
There are normally 40+ royals and members of the extended royal family who attend Trooping the Colour. As the chart of attendance is so big, we are splitting into to chunks. 
  • King Charles III's Reign 
    • 2023-2027
  • Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Royal Attendance at Wimbledon 2023 (July 3rd-16th)

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance (except for those attending in an official capacity).  But look out for: 

President/Patron: Princess Kate (Patron of Wimbledon & LTA) & Duchess of Gloucester (Honorary President of LTA)
Other Royals: Queen Camilla, Edinburghs, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent, etc.  
Foreign Royals: (varies each year) 
Extended Family: Phillips/Tindalls, The Kent & Gloucester's children, Middletons/ Matthews, Camilla's sister, etc.

The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1:30 PM, except during the final weekend when matches begin at 2 PM. We will not see a royal attend every day. Expect higher attendance during the 2nd week. 

Monday July 3rd
  • None Announced

Tuesday 4th
  • None Announced

Wednesday 5th
  • Duchess of Gloucester
    • President's Lunch

Thursday 6th
  • None Announced

Friday 7th
  • None Announced

Saturday 8th
  • None Announced
  • [Sports people & members of the Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Middle Sunday 9th 
  • None Announced

Monday 10th
    • Duchess of Gloucester

      Tuesday 11th
      • None Announced
      Wednesday 12th
      • None Announced

      Thursday 13th  - Quarter Finals
      • None Announced

      Friday 14th - Semi-Finals
      • Duchess of Gloucester

        Saturday 15th - Finals
        • None Announced

        Sunday 16th - Finals
        • None Announced

        June 2023 Q&A

         When we first started this blog, we had Friday Q&A, where we would answer readers' questions. That eventually ended as people were just asking me questions on Twitter all the time. And it seemed easiest to just answer them there. 

        We have decided to resume our Q&As, as I often get asked the same questions again and again on social media. And this gives me a chance to give a longer, more detailed answer. 

        Submit your questions. We aren't able to answer everyone's questions but from time to time will try to pick one that is asked a lot, or is particularly interesting, or relevant. 

        Q&A - Main Page

        Tuesday, 16 May 2023

        Norway National Day (Constitution Day)

        Palace outside Palace
        Morten Johnsen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

        Norway celebrates its National Day on May 17th each year. The day is also called Constitution Day and marks the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1814  and independence from Denmark.

        One of the main celebrations are Children's Parades held throughout the country. In the morning, the Crown Prince Family greets local children as they pass by their home, Skaugum Estate in Asker (Southwest of Oslo). Later, mid-day, as the Parade in Oslo passes by the Royal Palace, the Royal Family greets the children from the Balcony.


        X - Royals on Balcony at Oslo Palace

        S - Royals at Skaugum Estate

        Royal20202021 202220232024
        King HaraldX -
        Queen SonjaX -
        Crown Prince HaakonXS -
        Crown Princess Mette-MaritXS -
        Princess Ingrid AlexandraXS
        Prince Sverre MagnusXS -

        2022: Princess Ingrid Alexandra did not participate due to Russetiden celebrations with her graduating class. 
        2020 & 2021: parades were modified due to Pandemic

        Royal20152016 2017 20182019
        King HaraldX
        Queen SonjaX
        Crown Prince HaakonXS
        Crown Princess Mette-MaritXS
        Princess Ingrid AlexandraXS
        Prince Sverre MagnusXS
        Marius Borg HøiibyS

        Luxembourg - Annual Events

        Grand Ducal Palace (Luxembourg) 20180627
        Suicasmo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

         We will be working on adding Annual Events for each European monarchy in 2023. We are only listing annual events here if we have a blog post on that event. 


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        Monday, 15 May 2023

        Closing of the Octave Service (Luxembourg)

        Tapestry 4 - Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg - DSC06053
        Our Lady of Luxembourg Tapestry
        Daderot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

        The Octave is a 2 week pilgrimage to honor the patron saint of Luxembourg, Our Lady of Luxembourg. The Octave takes place annually between the 3rd & 5th Sunday after Easter. The pilgrimage ends at Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral with a special closing ceremony. 

        The Luxembourg Royal Family take place in the end of Pricession, before attending the closing of the Octave service and will then make an appearance on the Palace Balcony. 

        Royal Attendance at Octave Events       

        X- Attended Closing Service
        O - Attended Other Events

        Royal20212022 20232024
        Grand Duke HenriXXOXO-
        Grand Duchess Maria TeresaXXOXO-
        Prince GuillaumeXXOO-
        Princess StephanieXXOO-
        Prince Charles
        Prince François 

        Prince Felix

        Princess Claire

        Princess Amalia

        Prince Liam

        Prince Louis



        2020 - The service & Procession  was cancelled due to the Pandemic. 
        2021- The Procession was canceled due to the Pandemic. 

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        Wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif

        The wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif will take place on Thursday, June 1st.  The ceremony will take place at 4 PM (GMT+3) at  Zahran Palace, where numerous royal weddings have taken place. No Tiara's for the wedding Ceremony. 

        There will be a Banquet later in the evening, and I have heard we may get tiaras for that. 

        Wednesday May 31st there was a banquet at 6PM hosted by King Abdullah for 4,000+ men from around Jordan. It was just attended by male members of the Royal Family. 

        Live Stream (In Arabic, unless otherwise noted).

        Royals Attending                                              

        Color Meaning
        Purple Monarch/Regent/ Consort
        (Includes Abdicated)
        Yellow Heir

        * indicate a note at the bottom of the section

        Current Monarchies

        BahrainCrown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al KhalifaX?
        Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al KhalifaX?
        BhutanQueen JetsunXX
        Princess EuphelmaXX
        BruneiSultan Hassanal BolkiahX?
        Prince 'Abdul Mateen X?
        Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah
        & Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku
        JapanPrincess HisakoXX
        Princess TsugukoXX
        KuwaitSheikh Ahmad Al Abdullah Al Sabah
        & Sheikha Muna Al-Klaib
        OmanCrown Prince Theyazin bin HaithamX ?
        QatarSheikha MozaXX
        UEA (Abu Dhabi) Sheikh Khaled 
        (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)
        BelgiumKing PhilippeXX
        Princess ElisabethXX
        DenmarkCrown Prince Frederik &
        Crown Princess Mary
        Liechtenstein*Hereditary Prince Alois
        & Hereditary Princess Sophie
        Prince Johann Wenzel & 
        Princess Felicitas

        Luxembourg*Prince Sébastian
        NetherlandsKing Willem-Alexander
        & Queen Maxima
        Princess Catharina-Amalia
        NorwayCrown Prince HaakonXX
        SwedenCrown Princess Victoria
        & Prince Daniel
        SpainKing Juan Carlos
        & Queen Sofia
        UK*Prince William &
        Princess Kate
        Princess Beatrice &
        Edo Mapelli Mozzi

        Liechtenstein/ Luxembourg Prince Johann Wenzel & Prince Sébastien attended Sandhurst Royal Military Academy at the same time as Hussein. 
        UK - This was Prince William & Princess Kate's first big Foreign Royal event. They attended in an official capacity formally representing the UK, while Beatrice & Edo attended as person friends of the couple. 

        Former Monarchies 
        PurpleFormer Monarch/Consort
        YellowHeir to Defunct Monarchy/ Head of Royal House

        BulgariaTsar Simeon & 
        Tsaritsa Margarita

        Prince Kyril of Preslav & Katharine Butler
        GreeceCrown Prince Pavlos
        IranEmpress Farah
        RomaniaMargareta & Prince Radu

        Bulgaria - Katherine is Kyril's Girlfriend. 

        Monday, 8 May 2023

        King Harald of Norway - Hospilizations & Serious Health Issues

        Rikshospitalet Gaustad 19jun2005
        Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
        J. P. Fagerback, BSD, via Wikimedia Commons

        I think anytime a royal is in the hospital or having a major health event, there is public concern. I have compiled this information for the purpose of allowing the public to better understand the royal's health history.

        All information I share is publicly available information that has been released by the palace. Out of respect for the royals, I don't include any rumors or anything not confirmed by the palace or royals. 

        • May
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (May 8th - 15th)
            • Infection
            • Updates:
              • Wednesday 10th: Sick leave for rest of week. Recovering, but still in Hospital. Incoming Italy State Visit will continue as planned. 
              • Friday 12th: Recovering, will remain in hospital a few more days. Sick leave until May 16th. 
              • Monday 15: Released from hospital. Will decided on Tuesday if King if we’ll enough for national Day celebrations. 
          • Sick Leave (May 8th -16th)
            • Crown Prince Haakon as Regent
        • March 
          • Sick with Covid
            • Sick Leave (22nd-?)
        • August
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (4th-8th)
            • Infection, treated with intravenous antibiotics.
        • November 
          • Sick with Cold
            • Sick Leave (25th - )
        • December
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (19th-21st)
            • Infection, treated with intravenous antibiotics.
        • January
          • Sick Leave due to pain in leg (Jan 28th - Jan 31st)
          • Surgery at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Jan 30th)
            • to repair injured tendon over right knee. 
        • January-April
          • Sick Leave due to Surgery (Jan 30th-April 11th)
            • Originally ending Feb 14th, the sick leave was extended twice.

        • January 
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (?-15th)
            • Dizziness
          • Sick Leave (?-Jan 24th)
        • September
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (25th-28th)
            • for "Heavy Breathing"
          • Sick Leave (Sept 25th-October 4th)
        • October
          • Scheduled Surgery at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
            • To replace heart valve inserted in 2005
          • Sick Leave (October 8th - 30th)

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        • April
          • Sick Leave (April 25th - ?)
            •  Congestion and pain in one foot.

        • November 
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (17th-20th)
            • Infection
        • Month
          • Surgery at ?
            • To insert heart valve

        • January -?
          • Sick Leave as he recovers from Bladder Removal
        • November-December
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Nov 25th-26th)
            • Blood in Urine
          • Hospitalized at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet (Nov 29th- Dec 22nd)
            • Blood in Urine
            • Diagnosed with bladder Cancer
          • Surgery to remove bladder (Dec 8th)
          • Sick Leave (Nov 25th - into 2004)

        Monday, 1 May 2023

        Royals Attending Met Gala (2000-Present)

        The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, USA. The event is held each year on the first Monday in May. 

        It is regarded as one of the world's most prestigious and glamorous fashion events. Most attendees attend as the guest of a designer or brand. If we know who the royal is a guest of, we have noted that.        
        RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
        2023 - "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty"
        Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)ChanelBrand Ambassador
        2022 - "In America: An Anthology of Fashion"
        2021 - "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"
        2020 - "About Time: Fashion and Duration"
        Canceled due to Pandemic
        RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
        2019 - "Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion"
        Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)Yves Saint LaurentBrand Ambassador
        2018 - "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"
        Charlotte Casiraghi  (Monaco)Yves Saint LaurentBrand Ambassador
        Princess Beatrice--
        2017 - "Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between"
        Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of
        2016 - "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"
        Queen Rania of Jordan--
        Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan--
        Charlotte Casiraghi (Monaco)Gucci Brand Ambassador
        Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of
        Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece--
        2015 - "China: Through the Looking Glass"
        Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
        2014 - "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"
        2013 - "Punk: Chaos to Couture"
        Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
        2012 - "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"
        Crown Princess Mette-Marie--
        Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und TaxisVogueEditor of 
        2011 - "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"
        2010 - "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"
        RoyalSponsor/Guest Of Note
        2009 - "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion"
        2008 - "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"
        2007 - “Poiret King of Fashion”
        Queen Rania--
        2006 - "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion"
        Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo--
        2005 - "House of Chanel" 
         Princess Caroline of Hanover-Honorary Chair
        2004 - "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century"
        2003 - "Goddess: The Classical Mode"
        Canceled due to 9/11 terror attack a few months previous. 
        2001 - "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years"
        Princess Marie-Chantal of GreeceValentino-
        Canceled due to museum’s chief curator, Richard Martin's death

        Friday, 28 April 2023

        King Charles's 2023 Coronation - British Royal Attendance

         X - Attended/Confirmed by Palace

        E - Expected

        ? - Unsure

        (Events children are likely to attend are marked with *)

        The Guestlist for each event has not been released. We only marked Xs on things that the Palace has officially announced people will be attending. Otherwise we marked people as "Expected" based on what they attended during Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee last year. 

        Royal Reception  Coronation Big Lunch Concert Big Help
        King CharlesXXX?
        Queen Camilla
        The WalesesXX*WindsorX*
        (No Louis)
        The Sussexes
        Just Harry

        (With Sarah)

        Mapelli Mozzis
        XChalfont St Giles
        (Just Beatrice)
        XChalfont St Giles
        (Just Eugenie)
        The EdinburghsXX*Cranleigh Village
        X*Guide Dogs for
        the Blind Association
        in Reading

        Anne & TimXXSwindon
        X* (With Girlfriend)-
        Duke & Duchess
        of Gloucester
        St Mark's Coptic
        Orthodox Church
        in Kensington
        Duke of KentXX
        Prince & Princess
        Michael of Kent

        Princess Alexandra

        Royal Family

        Foreign RoyalsList

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        Thursday, 27 April 2023

        Procession of The King and The Queen - King Charles's Coronation

        Procession of the King & the Queen into Westminster Abbey will involve numerous people. 

        ^ denotes an office that is held just for the Coronation                                                             

        Marquess of AngleseyRepresenting WalesStandards of the
        Quarterings of the Royal Arms
        and Standard of the
        Principality of Wales
        Duke of WestminsterRepresenting England-
        Earl of CaledonRepresenting Northern Ireland-
        Earl of DundeeRepresenting Scotland-
        Francis DymokeKing's ChampionRoyal StandardCoronation Claim
        Great Officers of State
        Duke of NorfolkEarl Marshal--
        Admiral Sir Tony RadakinChief of the Defence Staff,
        Lord High Constable of England^
        Earl of ErrollLord High Constable of Scotland^-Coronation Claim
        Earl of Crawford and BalcarresDeputy to the Great Steward of Scotland^--
        Queen's Regalia
        Baroness (Helena) Kennedy of The Shaws -Rod-
        General Sir Patrick Sanders-Sceptre-
        Duke of Wellington-Queen Mary’s Crown-
        The Lord Chartres-Ring-
        King's Regalia
        General Sir Gordon MessengerGovernor of HM Tower of London,
        Lord High Steward of England^
        St Edward’s Crown-
        Baroness Elizabeth Manningham-Buller-St Edward's Staff-
        Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry-Sceptre with Cross-
        Baroness Floella Benjamin-Sceptre with the DoveOne of Queen Elizabeth II's final Order of Merit Appointee
        Dame Elizabeth Anionwu-OrbOne of Queen Elizabeth II's final Order of Merit Appointee
        Brigadier Andrew JacksonKeeper of the Jewel HouseRing-
        Petty Officer Amy Taylor -The Sword of Offering"to represent Service men and women"
        Lord Hastings and The Earl of Loudoun-The Spurs(This guy would be monarch via an alternative Line of Succession.)
        Penny MordauntLord President of the CouncilThe Sword of State -
        Air Chief Marshal the Lord Peach-The Sword of Mercy (The Curtana)-
        General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux-The Sword of Spiritual Justice-
        General the Lord Houghton of Richmond-The Sword of Temporal Justice-
        King & Queen 
        King Charles & Queen Camilla

        The Press Release from the Palace did not detail who exactly will be processing in with King Charles & Queen Camilla. They will likely be joined by their Pages of Honor at this point. 

        Representatives of the Realms - King Charles's Coronation (2023)

        Each of King Charles's 15 realms will be representative at his coronation. This list just includes those in the Procession into Westminster Abbey.

        The Order of People in the Procession is no confirmed. The Palace has confirmed at least  UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will enter in with their spouse. (* with Spouse).
        Representative from Realms
        Kiz JohnsonFlag HolderAntigua
        and Barbuda
        (Listed in Press Release as Banner Bearer)
        Gaston BrownePrime Minister-
        Rodney WilliamsGovernor-General-
        Sam Kerr
        Flag HolderAustraliaFootball Star
        Anthony AlbanesePrime Minister-
        David HurleyGovernor-General
        -Flag HolderBahamas-
        Philip DavisPrime Minister-
        Cornelius A. SmithGovernor-General-
        Cameron Gegg Flag HolderBelize"Young finance professional"
        Johnny BriceñoPrime Minister-
        Froyla TzalamGovernor-General-
        Jeremy Hansen Flag HolderCanadaAstronaut
        Justin TrudeauPrime Minister-
        Mary SimonGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderGrenada-
        Dickon MitchellPrime Minister-
        Cécile La GrenadeGovernor-General-
        David SalmonFlag HolderJamaica 2023 Rhodes Scholar
        Andrew HolnessPrime Minister-
        Patrick AllenGovernor-General-
        Sargent Hayden SmithFlag HolderNew ZealandSelected by New Zealand Defense Force
        Chris HipkinsPrime Minister-
        Cindy KiroGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderPapua New Guinea-
        James MarapePrime Minister-
        Bob DadaeGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderSaint Kitts
        and Nevis
        Terrance DrewPrime Minister-
        Marcella LiburdGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderSaint Lucia-
        Philip J. PierrePrime Minister-
        Errol CharlesGovernor-GeneralActing Governor-General
        ?Flag HolderSaint Vincent
        and the Grenadines
        Ralph GonsalvesPrime Minister-
        Susan DouganGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderSolomon Islands-
        Manasseh SogavarePrime Minister-
        David VunagiGovernor-General-
        ?Flag HolderTuvalu-
        Kausea NatanoPrime Minister-
        Tofiga Vaevalu FalaniGovernor-General-
        Cadet Warrant Officer
        Elliott Tyson-Lee
        Flag HolderUKRoyal Air Force Air Cadet
        Rishi Sunak*Prime Minister-

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        Koningsdag (King's Day)(Netherlands)

        Amsterdam's Canals
        Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) 2010
        Carmelrmd, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

        Koningsdag (King's Day) is a holiday in the Netherland to mark the Monarch’s official birthday. The day is celebrated with flea markets, concerts, outdoor parties, etc. Celebrations take place throughout the Netherlands. However one city each year holds an extra large celebrate attended by the Royal Family.  

        Koningsdag has taken place on various dates throughout history depending on when the monarch's birthday is. Currently the holiday takes place on April 27th which is King Willem-Alexander's actual birthday. (Unless the 27th is a Sunday, then Koningsdag takes place the day before.) 

        This day has also been known as Koninginnedag (Queen's Day), during Queen Beatrix, Queen Juliana & Queen Wilhelmina's reign. And was originally known as Prinsessedag (Princess's Day), as the day originally marked the heir's (Princess Wilhelmina) birthday. 

        King Willem-Alexander's Reign 


        Koningsdag Locations 2014-2023

        During King Willem-Alexander's reign Koningsdag is held on his birthday April 27th (except when his birthday fall on a Sunday, and then the official birthday celebrations are held on Saturday, April 26th.)

        King Willem-Alexander broke from his mother's tradition and instead only visits one city each year. This allows him and his family to participate in more events in that host city.                                              

         Year CityMunicipalityNotes
        2023RotterdamRotterdam10th Anniv of the Throne
        2022MaastrichtMaastrichtRescheduled, after canceled in 2020
        2021EindhovenEindhovenDigital Event, with No Public Events
        2020MaastrichtMaastrichtCanceled due to Pandemic
        2014De Rijp &
        Alkmaar & AmstelveenFirst King's Day of his reign.
        This was the planned city for 2013,
        but had to be postponed due to
        Beatrix's Abdication. 

        Queen Beatrix's Reign 
        Viering Koninginnedag in Breda Koningin Beatrix en Prins Claus in een open koet, Bestanddeelnr 253-8540
         Koninginnedag 1981 in Breda
        Rob Bogaerts / Anefo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

        As Queen Beatrix's Birthday took place in January, she continued to celebrate Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) on her mother's birthday on April 30th, making it her official birthday. (If April 30th fell on a Sunday, the celebrations took place on Saturday, April 29th. )

        Queen Beatrix started the tradition of visiting different palaces in the Netherlands each year. Queen Beatrix would visit two cities each year. 

         Year City 1City 2Notes
        2013De RijpAmstelveenQueen Beatrix formally abdicated on this day,
        following an announcement earlier that year. 
        The visits to the two host cities was postponed
        due to Queen Beatrix's abdication.
        2012Rhenen Veenendaal
        2011Weert Thorn
        2010Wemeldinge Middelburg
        2009Apeldoorn-Man intentionally crashed his car into the parade
        in an attack on the Royal Family.
        8 people were killed including the attacker. 

        This year marked the 100th Anniversary of
        Queen Juliana's birthday. 
        Only one host city was selected this year,
        as a special parade & events were held
        to mark the 100th Anniversary
        2007Woudrichem 's-Hertogenbosch
        2005ScheveningenThe Hague
        2001HoogeveenMeppelVisits canceled due to outbreak
        of foot-and-mouth disease
        1996Sint MaartensdijkBergen op Zoom
        1985Anna Paulowna
        Callantsoog3 Cities this year. 
        1984The Hague-

        Queen Juliana's Reign 

        Koninginnedag, defilee op Soestdijk, Koningin Juliana zwaait, Bestanddeelnr 919-0944
        Koninginnedag 1966
        Ron Kroon / Anefo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

        Queen Juliana moved Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) to her own birthday, April 30th. Juliana marked the day by receiving a floral parade at Soestdijk Palace, a tradition already started from when she was a Princess. Originally the floral parade was started at Soestdijk Palace to mark her grandmother, Queen (Consort) Emma's Birthday. 

        Queen Wilhelmina's Reign 

        During Queen Wilhelmina's reign the holiday was renamed Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) and became the Monarch's Official Birthday Celebration. The holiday continued to be celebrated on August 31st, Wilhelmina's birthday. 

        Wilhelmina became Queen at age 10, so she had no heir at the time for the tradition of Princess's (or Prince's) Day to continue. 

        King Willem III's Reign

        The holiday was created in 1885 to celebrate the 5th birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heir to the throne. King Willem III wasn't super popular then, so they thought celebrating the heir's birthday would be good.  The holiday was called Prinsessedag (Princess's Day) and was celebrated on August 31st, Princess Wilhelmina's Birthday.