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Celebrations Dutch Royal Succession - 30 April 2013 in NZ

Press release

On 30 April 2013 H.M. Queen Beatrix will abdicate; on the same day H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander will be invested as King of the Netherlands

Celebrations all over the world, also in New Zealand

After 33 years as Head of State of the Netherlands H.M. Queen Beatrix has decided to step down on the 30th of April. On the same day her son H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander will be invested as King of the Netherlands. Both the abdication and investiture will take place in Amsterdam.

Every year during Queen’s day celebrations, the streets in the Netherlands turn orange. This color is strongly related to the name of the Dutch Royal Family: Oranje-Nassau. This year’s celebrations are expected to be even more spectacular.

Celebrations aren’t limited to the Netherlands, but are taking place all over the world, including in New Zealand. Dutch societies and communities in New Zealand are organizing events to celebrate this special occasion. The major Royal Succession celebrations in New Zealand are listed below.

From 2014 onwards King’s Day will be celebrated on the 27th of April.

For more information on the abdication and investiture visit;

Major Events:
Dutchie ‘Queen’s -party with Dutch DJ’s
Saturday 27 April, 8.00 pm
Venue: Blue Stone Room, Durham Lane, Auckland CBD
Tickets $20, contact

‘Oranje’ Society Auckland; Royal Succession Celebration with live broadcast from Amsterdam
Tuesday 30 April 7.30 pm until late
Venue: Holland House, 123 Rockfield Road, Penrose
Entry $10, contact

Royal Succession Celebration with live broadcast from Amsterdam
Tuesday 30 April evening
Venue: Pavilion Dutch retirement village ‘Ons Dorp’ McLeod Road, Henderson, Auckland
Only invited guests

‘Oranje Comité’; Royal Succession Celebration with live broadcast from Amsterdam
Tuesday 30 April 30th 5.15 pm – 9.00 pm
Venue: Tokomaru Museum Building / Massey University Wellington
Tickets $12,50 pre-sale, $15 at the door, under 18: free. Contact

Netherlands Society Christchurch; Royal Succession Celebration
Tuesday 30 April 5.00 pm, DJ & food;
At 8.00 pm, official function with live broadcast from Amsterdam
Venue: Everglades, 637 Marshland Road, Christchurch. Contact

Netherlands Society Waikato; Royal Succession Celebration
Tuesday 30 April 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: Garden Place, Hamilton Website

Dutch Society Oranje Wanganui; Royal Succession Celebration
Saturday 4 May, coffee
Venue: Red Lion Restaurant, Wanganui. Contact

Holland Festival: Orange Street Party
Saturday 27 April 12.00 pm
Venue: Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei. Contact

Hawke’s Bay
Royal Succession Celebration
Sunday 28 April 2013, 11.00 am; free market, Dutch games
Venue: Snapper Holiday Park, Bay View, Havelock North. Contact


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