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When you are a King

By kuipje  
"sung by the White Plains 1971"

Koningsdag April 27th (King's day = The King, Willem-Alexander, birthday).
Since 1980 (that time it was Queen's day, Beatrix) the Royal family visit, on that day, one or more cities. All kind of activitiesare held on that day, games (incl. old fashion "koekhappen = a piece of cake or cookie is haging on a rope and people are blinded blindfold and have to try to eat that cake or cookie), concerts or demonstrations of local craftsmanship. But also (a kind of) fleamarket. People can sell anything they want, sitting on a blanket/chair, on the street. What fun is to see is children, selling their old toys/games/books or clothes, wearing Orange things (Orange = the Royal color. That color is really the name of a French town called Orange. Around the year 1500 Orange was a little Kingdom in the south of France, which was owned by the ancestors of the Royal family.)
When we had a Queen (Beatrix) it has held on April 30th, this is not HER birthday (Jan. 31) but her mother's (Juliana). In honour of her mother Beatrix decided that "Queens day" would remain on April 30th, and of course Jan. 31th is to cold. Nowadays we have a King and his birthday is on April 27th. Most of the time it's nice weather, but not this year. In my town, Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, it was dry but very cold. The fleamarket started at 8.00AM in a Bodegraven. I went there. It was not that crowded first but when the sun started shining more people came.
This is the first of a serie about King's day in Bodegraven and Reeuwijk. Other V's are more pictures of that day. Here is a link to a video about a Queen's day in Amsterdam
Hope you have a "Orange day" with lots of sun.

Tags: Birthday Photo journalism The netherlands King Canon eos 5D Reeuwijk Kuipjedebats Bodegraven

Voters: colijohn, CarolG, BRITCHIE and 10 more


CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
28 Apr 2016 6:17AM
It looks freezing cold, Jos, great set of images for your celebration day.

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What a great set of images, great colours and detail, excellent captures, Kuipers.
sawsengee Plus
12 6 26 Malaysia
28 Apr 2016 7:19AM
beautiful series of the idea of flea market, anywhere, anytime......something I will be seeing alot in 3 weeks' time when I return to Kathmandu Nepal. This time I will be visiting Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur & Pokkara for 2 weeks, exactly 1 year after the massive earthquake. Smile
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Apr 2016 7:20AM
Hope you didn't swallow the pips!!! GrinGrinGrin

V5 is my favourite...We have `Orange Day' (12th July) to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne. A `Dutch' King called `Billy' caused a bit of chaos over here and they never forget!!!

Stay Safe an warm... the L2B can take off their Orange vests now! Grin
ColleenA Plus
7 419 6 Australia
28 Apr 2016 7:32AM
An excellent set of images Jos. what a wonderful day to Celebrate. Such interesting information. Have run out of awards. Will give you one at midnight.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2016 8:45AM
great informative set ....
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2016 9:23AM
Great looking set Jos. As far as your lead is concerned. When you're king you can get mucky and eat whatever you like.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
8 41 115 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2016 9:26AM
Wonderful celebrations to honour your king - .all the fun and chaos of the day
but sorry the weather wasn't warmer. We've had snow flurries here yesterday.
Kate Grin

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