Start your Royal Wedding celebrations early by partying with the Dutch

13 April 2011



PRESS RELEASE


Kick off your Royal Wedding celebrations early by joining Holland House, in association with easyJet, in celebrating the Dutch queen’s birthday. This free entry party at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 16 April 2011 will bring a taste of royal Holland to London. Fun entertainment and activities have been organised including live music from some of the most popular Dutch bands, demonstrations by the M.A.D Mountain bike stunt team and the grand final of the easyJet and holland.com Double Dutch skipping challenge.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "As London prepares for the Royal Wedding, which will be the most momentous occasion of the year, events like Holland House show the city's chameleon-like ability to celebrate our links with other nations. The Dutch have always been welcome here, drawn to this most cosmopolitan of capitals. As well as historic royal connections, we are proud to have hosted famous sons like Vincent Van Gogh, just as we are to display his work in our world class galleries. Moreover, our new bikes will feel very familiar to our good friends from the Netherlands. So have a great day in Trafalgar Square."

Queen’s Day

Every year on 30 April, the Dutch celebrate their queen’s birthday in style. On this bank holiday the whole country becomes an open air street party where the Dutch dress up in their quirkiest orange outfits. Although Queen Beatrix’ birthday is actually on 30 January, she decided after her coronation to keep her mother’s birthday as the official day for celebrations. She did this not only as the weather is nicer in April but also because she wanted to honour her mother.

Fun activities for the whole family

From 12.00-20.00, visitors will be treated to live music from Dutch bands including Storybox, Boris, Typhoon & New Cool Collective, De Coronas and Baskerville. The kids’ corner dedicated to fun activities such as face painting, balloon modelling, clog painting, theatre shows and arts & crafts will keep the younger children entertained. While an authentic Dutch market and free short guided tours of the National Gallery’s fabulous collection of Dutch paintings at 3.30pm and 4.30pm (meet at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk) are among other activities to enjoy on the day. 

Plus, a wide range of orange merchandise will be on sale for those who forget to dress in the ‘national’ colour.  For more information on the day’s program and to plan your next trip to Holland, feel free to come and talk to the crew at the Holland Information Desk.

Visit www.holland.com for more information about the Holland House festival


In association with:

Holland House 2011 partners

For more information and images contact:

Rianne Ojeh –Press Officer

Evelina Hederer– Press & PR Assistant

Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions
PO Box 30783
London
WC2B 6DH

T: +44 (0) 20 7539 7963/57 (not for publication)

F: +44 (0) 20 7539 7953

E: press-uk@holland.com

W: www.holland.com