Holland celebrates its 200th year as a Kingdom!

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November 30, 2013 - November 30, 2014

In November 2013 it will be 200 years since Holland gained independence after annexation by the French. The Prince of Orange’s return on the last day of November 1813 resulted in his investiture as King Willem I in September 1815. And because so much happened in those two years, festivities in Holland will last for two years as well!

The two-year celebration

Many things have happened over the past two hundred years. Our democracy evolved into its present form so there is ample reason to organise festive events and celebrate what we have achieved. The main themes for the celebratory events in the course of the coming two years will be 'individual rights and liberties’, ‘stable government’, ‘international orientation’, ‘space for active citizenship’, and ‘unity in diversity’.

Exhibition at Soestdijk Palace

The festivities will kick off on 30 November 2013. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will attend the re-enactment of Prince Willem Frederik’s return to Holland, since the Prince of Orange landed on the beach of Scheveningen in 1813. A Kingdom Concert will be held at the Circustheater in Scheveningen in the evening.