Since 2013 King Willem-Alexander of Oranje Nassau, has been inaugurated as head of state of the
monarchy the Netherlands. Each year, on his birthday, he likes to visit a city in the Netherlands. Maastricht
was selected for 2020. As from 11 AM, he and his family will walk a certain route through the city,
accompagnied by the mayor. They will start the route from the Wyck part of the old St. Servaas Bridge. It is
great that the Café/ restaurant “The Piepenhoes” has a webcam that is focussed on the bridge so you can
see them coming.
Click HERE for the webcam and scroll down to the Piepenhoes webcam. Via the “Mestreechter Geis” (the
spirit of Maastricht) statue, they walk to the OLV plein (Our Dear Lady Square) and via the Bredestraat to
the Vrijthof Square. On the picture: the royal route is marked in orange, and the blue line shows the streets
which will be closed off on that day, as a security measure.
This is the royal family in 2019. The King married in 2002 Máxima Zorreguieta, who hails from Argentina.
They’ve got three daughters: Amalia (16), Alexia (14), Ariane (12). Catherina-Amalia will be her father’s
successor on the throne in the future.
(Spirit of Maastricht).
King’s Day 2020 in Maastricht had to be canceled due to the Corona virus.
The video was on Dutch TV, channel EO, program “Royal Blood”, on April 25, 2020.
Jeroen Snel interviewed the Maastricht Mayor Annemarie Penn and André Rieu.
Translation by Ineke, assisted by John. Technics: Ruud.
Ineke on King’s Day, working at
home for the website, adding
English subtitles to the video.
How come that my pastry
suddenly looks so tiny??
The way we work:
Ruud takes the relevant parts
from the TV program and
makes the video suitable for
the website. Ineke translates
the text in a subtitle
document. Then the video
and translation are sent to
John. He is awake in the USA
while we are sleeping in
Holland (a nine hour time
difference). The next morning
we find the improved text in
the mail. (Here you can see
John’s improvements in red).
Next Ruud makes it possible
that Ineke can add the
subtitles to the video, and
finally Ruud puts it on the
website, where Ineke has
already prepared the frames.
What a teamwork across the
King’s Day 2020: The Royal family at home, in their Palace
in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Brazilian Carla Maffioletti on Facebook:
Thank you Netherlands for 20 years of a beautiful
life, friends and unforgettable moments!
At 4 PM: a national toast with the King.
Happy birthday and Long Live the King!
With the traditional orange gin: “oranjebitter”.
André found a
new hobby in
are getting bigger
André invites the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his family to come to Maastricht and
waltz on the Vrijthof, as soon as he and his orchestra are allowed to perform again.
(We wonder: April 27, 2021 or July 2021??)