Tuesday 21 September 2010

Prinsjesdag (Prince's day)

Early today these lovely ladies and one man from Staphorst were lining up early today along a street in The Hague to get a glimpse of the Dutch Queen Beatrix in the Gouden Koets (Golden Coach).

Staphorst is a small village in the north-eastern part of Holland.  Their traditional dress is such a lovely combination of Dutch colours: red, white, blue and orange. They told me that they got up early to be here and had to wait for another few hours before the Golden Coach would pass.

I love the silver buttons on their scarves and jacket and the decorative ribbons on their chests which they wear for today only. It compliments their whole outfit so nicely. Hopefully they saw the queen coming by, if only for a couple of seconds!

Cheers, Hilde


  1. It is truly beautiful the traditional side of parades.
    I am always in awe about the Dutch colours... so bright and happy/

  2. I love these old traditions. What a shame it would be if they would be lost!


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