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A Day Fit for a Queen

By Linda Tancs

The House of Orange (the Dutch royal family) takes center stage on 30 April with the celebration of Queen’s Day, a national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands.  Beatrix, the current queen, was actually born in January but celebrates her birthday on this day in April, her mother’s birthdate.  Orange banners, orange-colored foods and drinks, and copious amounts of people in orange clothing dancing in the streets and in boats along the canals rule the day. 


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