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Royal celebrations in Amsterdam on April 30th

Queen’s Day (30 April) is always a special day in Amsterdam and this year, there’ll be even more to celebrate as the new king and queen of the Netherlands are officially inaugurated. Read on for the latest information on what’s being planned in Amsterdam.

Abdication and inauguration in Amsterdam

Earlier this year, Her Majesty the Queen delivered an official address to the nation, announcing her upcoming abdication from the throne. This will take place on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 at the Royal Palace on Dam Square, followed by the inauguration of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands as the new king and queen at De Nieuwe Kerk.

The majority of the traditional Queen’s Day festivities including the street market will go ahead as planned and in addition, Amsterdam will host a special programme of events based around the ceremonies. This will include a royal boat parade and a celebratory King’s Ball at Museumplein.

Programme outline

The official programme is due to commence at 10:00 on 30 April with the abdication of Queen Beatrix, after which the royal family will make an appearance on the palace balcony at 10:30. The departing queen and the new king will both give a short address. The swearing in and investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will take place at De Nieuwe Kerk from 14:00 to 15:30, after which the king and his entourage will return to the Royal Palace for a private reception.

The Song for the King will be performed in the presence of the king and queen at 19:30 at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands via a video link with Ahoy Rotterdam and shortly after, the Royal Boat Parade will begin (see below). Please note that this programme is subject to change. Check the Dutch Royal Family website for more information on the programme.

Orange Square

Large numbers of well-wishers are expected to head to Dam Square to be close to the action, but screens will also be erected around the city to allow visitors to follow the ceremonies. Museumplein is being designated as an ‘Orange Square’ for the day and screens will also be erected there. During the day, visitors and their families will be able to follow the action and in the evening, a King’s Dance is planned, featuring a varied programme of art and culture in keeping with the nature of day. The celebrations on Museumplein are planned to continue until 23:00 (later than elsewhere in the city). Entrance is free but there are 3,000 seats available for the evening celebrations – tickets for a seat cost 10 euros.

Royal Boat Parade

Another highlight of the day’s festivities is the royal boat parade along the River IJ, planned after the inauguration of the king and queen. The royal couple is expected to set sail from the EYE Film Institute Netherlands at approximately 19:45 where they will be joined by a number of other boats to form a parade. The parade will travel past the Oeverpark, via the northern side of the River IJ to the Kop van Java and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, where the event will be concluded at 21:30 with a ceremonial salute from the boats in the parade. Parade route is subject to change. Legendary Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren will be hitting the decks at the Kop van Java during the boat parade, joined by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for what promises to be a spectacular performance! Tickets cost 5 euros and are available via the Radio 538 website.

The aim is to create a royal equivalent of boating event Sail, combined with music in the spirit of the national Liberation Day festivals and the annual classical Prinsengracht concert in Amsterdam. Well-wishers will be able to greet the royal couple from the quayside – the best places to watch the parade are from the Oeverpark, Noordwal, IJplein and the Sumatrakade. A unique programme of festivities featuring art, culture and sport is also being planned at various locations along the parade route – further details of the programme will be announced in due course.

Practical matters

Queen’s Day is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year in Amsterdam and additional visitors are naturally expected to travel to the city to celebrate the succession of the king. It is likely that Dam Square will reach capacity, so catching the action at Museumplein or one of the other large screens around the city (locations include Museumplein, Dam Square, Java Island and the Oeverpark) is also a great option.

Those travelling to Amsterdam from outside of the city should allow for longer journeys when travelling to Amsterdam using public transport or when arriving by car, as is normally the case on Queen’s Day. The best way of reaching the city is via Station Zuid – which also a provides a quicker route to the Orange Square at Museumplein.