1. This is the first King’s Day ever.
The party was started in 1885 to
make the country forget they thought the king was a tool celebrate Princess Wilhelmina’s fifth birthday. Princess’s Day became Queen’s Day when Wilhelmina got the crown, and stayed that way when her daughter and then granddaughter (Beatrix) took over. During last year’s festivities, Queen Beatrix handed over the throne to her son Willem-Alexander, the first king in 123 years.
Willem-Alexander is popular enough, but many will be toasting his Argentinian wife, Queen Maxima, this year anyway. What would it take for this king to get more props than his old lady? A beard, obvi.