News of: Monday, January 31 2005,

Queen Beatrix celebrates 67th birthday

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938) celebrates her 67th birthday today.

The birthday is celebrated in private, at home with her family.

The public celebration is traditionally held on April 30 (Queen's Day), which is really the birthday of her mother, the late Queen Juliana.
This year Beatrix will visit Den Haag (The Hague) and Scheveningen.

Queen's Day is always a big party in the Netherlands, particularly in Amsterdam. Everyone is allowed to sell things, without a licence, which results in the world's biggest garage-sale, with lots of music and partying. It is one of the biggest events in Amsterdam.

This year is a special year, as Beatrix celebrates her 25 year accession to the throne (Dutch only website).