Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day

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THE BRITS were not alone in celebrating a national event last weekend, the Dutch were busy celebrating Queen’s Day – the biggest national holiday in Holland.

About 30 Dutch adults, some with English partners, and 18 children gathered in Woolpit on Saturday to celebrate Koninginnedag, otherwise known as Queen’s Day, which is the official birthday of Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands.

Queen Beatrix’s actual birthday is in January but April 30 was the birthday of her mother and predecessor, Juliana, so the April holiday remains in honour of her.

In the Netherlands, many people celebrate with street parties and fairs but for the Dutch community in and around Bury St Edmunds a garden party with Dutch food and lots of drink was just as enjoyable.

“It’s all about being Dutch and being proud of it,” said organiser Guus Hamel.