We’re on the countdown until the last Queen’s Day. As usual there will be the vrijmarkt (free market) on Queen’s Day next Tuesday, but there will also be bigger parties than usual to celebrate the Coronation of the new king. He’ll be known as King Willem Alexander, and it’s the first time the Netherlands has had a king in more than a hundred years and he comes to the throne with less formal power than his predecessors. There are banners up around town to celebrate the coronation.
Around my neighbourhood chalk and tape adorns walls and pavements as people “book” their space for the free market.
For a guide the day’s festivities check out Invading Holland. It’s too much partying for me – I’m leaving until it’s all over.