Koningsdag – Dutch King’s Day
The Netherlands will celebrate King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time today, since the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013. It was formerly celebrated as Queen’s Day. The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. Over the years the dates and the Queens have changed but the spirit of the day is sure to remain. You’ll be treated to a sea of orange as everyone – and their pets – is covered head to toe in oranje (orange) as a show of pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. This day is a day of celebration and the place to be at is Amsterdam. The Dutch, expats and tourists alike flock to Amsterdam for a day of merriment. DJs play parties on public squares, brightly decorated boats fill canals and live music spills onto streets from cafe patios. The vibe is definitely gratifying.
So while choosing for the outfit for today’s post, we hands down went with this stunning orange dress. Even though I’m not Dutch, I have lived here a few years and really do feel a connection with the people here. I will not be living in Holland forever but the people and the country will always have a place in my heart. And King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) celebrations will always be part of the fond memories that I will reminisce about.
Today’s shoot was shot by the super creative photographer Celie Lucienne. Check out her website here: http://www.celielucienne.com/. She is such a lovely photogrpaher to work with and we had quite a lot of adventures on this shoot to say the least. We were laughing so hard that to get a straight faced photo was a challenge. haha
We will we working on some other super cool projects in the future which I cant wait to share with you guys.
To all my non-dutch readers, hope you learnt something cool about the Dutch people today.
To all my dutchies, stay safe and party hard!
Until next time m’dears, Have a fabulous weekend!
PHOTOS BY CELIE LUCIENNE