About orange, tulips and an abdication

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.


Orange Tulips via Songbirdblog 1


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.

We’ll see.


Orange Tulips via Songbirdblog 2


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.


Orange Tulips via Songbirdblog 3



So how is life in your part of the world.?. Let’s put the kettle on, and catch up over tea and cookies.


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    • Marianne Songbird says

      Thanks friend, we have quite a few traditions to go around. It will be interesting to see if the new royal couple will implement some new ones.

  1. says

    I heard the news on the radio the other day. They had a Canada-focused bit about the Netherlands’ royal family and how they send us tulips every year because the present Queen was born in Canada during the war. When I lived in the Netherlands as an exchange student I saw the present Queen’s mother as we walked past her on the parade that goes past her doorstep on Queen’s Day. We were waving Canadian flags and she pointed and waved at us. It will be very exciting to have a new King – I’m looking forward to seeing how it unfolds.

    • Marianne Songbird says

      Wow, how wonderful that you were part of one of those parades. I have memories of watching them on tv when I was a kid. The present Queen kept the date ofmher mothers birthday to celebrate but she stopped having the parades instead she and the family visit two cities every year and every town has its own celebrations. I expect the new King to come up with a plan of its own.
      Cool hearing about the annual gift of tulips, didn’t know that.

    • Marianne Songbird says

      Hihi, who would have thought that a bunch of orange tulips could get us all talking history, royal families and international ties. Gotta love blogging.

  2. says

    Canada has close ties with the Netherlands. In our city there is a bell tower in front of the museum, given by the Netherlands in thanks for Canada giving your royal family shelter during the war. And my son-in-law’s grandmother still lives in Apeldoorn, along with two of his aunts.

    Love the orange tulips and I wish all the best to the new king. What a gracious Queen you have.

    • Marianne Songbird says

      I know Apeldoorn. It is the town with the big palace that is now a museum. I have been there, it is beautiful. I did know of course about the royal family living in Canada during the war and a the princesses being born there. I didn’t know that we left bell towers behind :-) I hope it is a nice tower with a good clock.

    • Marianne Songbird says

      Thanks! I think they would approve too, especially since I am not that big of a fan of the color orange.

  3. says

    Nice tulips there Marianne! I’ve got the same ones planted in the garden, and I can’t wait for them to sprout out come spring. I say, enough of this dreary weather already!

    It’s very interesting hearing about the different traditions of the countries with royal families still in some sort of power, Here in Germany we keep a close track of these happenings going on in Europe. There are entire magazines that report daily on what Europe’s royalty is up to! I for one, don’t go overboard with it, but I do like to watch the weddings. There was a series of travel shows on television recently about where the royals stay during the summer. It was more a travel show with the traditional places the royal families lived in during summer, very interesting! I guess our (Germany’s) addiction with the royal families of Europe is because we just have our Lady Merkel, not very glamorous, but effective I guess.

    I’ve always thought the Dutch Queen and her family to be the least to cause a scandal, they seem very down to earth. Good luck to the new King and maybe he will give you a new holiday or two?

    • Marianne Songbird says

      Hi Siggie, good luck with the tulips in your garden, for both our sakes I hope the weather will entice them to start popping up soon.
      Yes, I guess our royal family is pretty down to earth, there have been tragedies, some black sheep and some scandals in the past but on the whole they are just a hard working bunch.
      Being so down to earth as they are, I am not getting my hopes up for an extra free day, I’ll be glad if we get to keep the one we have now 😉

  4. Emilou says

    Hi Marianne, oh how very, very interesting. With your information, all of the above comments, and your replys. I am going to get a world map out and see where all this activity is going on. Your photos are amazing. Love the tulips in the white tray with oranges around the white vase. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Emilou says

    Oh, I forgot to mention that my tulips are up about two inches, along with my daffodils! Wishing you too will see some new growth soon. Smiles, Emilou

    • Marianne Songbird says

      No daffodils or tulips yet here. But the snowdrops are blooming!
      Have fun checking out all the information on your map. But make sure you have a looking glass because my country is small :-)