Hi friends, did you hear the news? Change is coming to the low lands. Our queen has announced that she will retire in April and hand over the throne to her son prince Willem. He will become king on the day that we normally celebrate his mothers birthday (which is actually his grandmothers birthday, long story).
So I thought it was only fitting that I showed you two Dutch hallmarks for a change. Tulips and the color orange…..
As in a bouquet of orange tulips.
The news hit like a bomb here, on television they have not been able to speak about anything else for days now. It wasn’t exactly unexpected, we have a tradition of abdication in favor of the younger generation, but still….
It will be strange to have a king. We have had three generations of queens in succession and even before that we had a woman in control of the royal family because the king died before his daughter was old enough to succeed him, so her mother stood in for her for years. That is four women in control, more than a century of female domination in the Dutch palace.
Each of these women developed her own style, started new traditions and reinvented old ones. It will be interesting to see how prince/king Willem and his future queen Maxima will do it.
I hope they won’t take away our extra free day…… I hope we will still celebrate that big orange extravaganza we have called queens day for decades. I hope we will have an equally fun kings day in the future.
Other than watching the news about the royal family I have just been busy. Work engagements, business engagements, filing taxes, doing laundry. You know that stuff that gets in the way of blogging. Oh and I have been doing a lot of staring outside. Can’t wait for Spring to take a hold of the weather. Right now it seems as if we have plummeted straight from winter back into Fall.
It has been grey, windy and wet outside.
Can you blame me for bringing some sunshine in with these bright orange tulips.
They promise Spring.
So how is life in your part of the world.?. Let’s put the kettle on, and catch up over tea and cookies.