Today is a very special day in the Netherlands.
This morning Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her son who now becomes King. Willem Alexander, married to Maxima, with three daughters, is the first King in several generations. (They have all been women!). His daughter, Crown Princess Amalia, will be the next monarch. It is very exciting, with much national celebrating. (Check the Internet for photos of Dam Square)
Dressed in our orange shirts we went to join Caro and Rob for breakfast. It was a rather typical week-end breakfast: hard boiled eggs, bread with cheese or lunch meat, peanut butter, jam, cream cheese, cheese and onion rolls, and an orange sweet bread. of course There was coffee and tea. We watched the televised signing of the declaration of abdication and the balcony waving. Later this afternoon will be the ceremonial "crowning".
We are joining other friends for tea and Kings cake this afternoon and then a round (or 13) of Five Crowns, followed by a cheese fondue dinner. Isn't it lucky that we are walking enough to keep the pounds about even! (Phew)