A kingdom for a bicycle

Posted: 28 January 2013

Source: BicycleDutch

It is a historic day in the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix announced she will abdicate in favour of her son after a 33 year reign. This is in line with Dutch tradition, the Netherlands does not have a tradition that the monarch rules until death. So on April 30th 2013, the Netherlands will have a new head of state: King Willem-Alexander.

Queen Beatrix on a bicycle

Queen Beatrix on a bicycle

It was also announced that Queen’s Day, so far celebrated on April 30th, the birthday of the mother of Queen Beatrix, will from 2014 on be celebrated on the new King’s actual birthday, April 27th, and from then on be called King’s day. This was very unexpected and that will take some getting used to! No more Queen’s Day Cycling!

The Dutch Royal Family in 2012. Prince, to be King Willem-Alexander, Princess, to be Queen Máxima and their three daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

The Dutch Royal Family in 2012. Prince, to be King Willem-Alexander, Princess, to be Queen Máxima and their three daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

But some things will not change! The members of the Dutch royal family have long been on bicycles and we can expect them to be cycling for a very long time to come. Because the Netherlands is a kingdom for a bicycle!

The Dutch Royal Family 1970s

The Dutch Royal Family 1970s

Dutch Royal Family 1940s

Dutch Royal Family 1940s

Dutch Royal Family 1930s

Dutch Royal Family 1930s

Queen Wilhelmina reigned from 1898-1948.

Queen Wilhelmina reigned from 1898-1948.

Queen Juliana reigned from 1948-1980.

Queen Juliana reigned from 1948-1980.

Statue of Queen Beatrix on a bicycle, who’s reign will be from 1980-2013.

Statue of Queen Beatrix on a bicycle, who’s reign will be from 1980-2013.

King to be Willem-Alexander from 30th April 2013.

King to be Willem-Alexander from 30th April 2013.

The cycling future of the Dutch royals seems secure: the young princesses on their bicycles.

The cycling future of the Dutch royals seems secure: the young princesses on their bicycles.