King's Day 2021

Welcome to this online King's Day event!

On Tuesday 27 April, the Netherlands colours orange as we celebrate the birthday of our king: Koningsdag or King’s Day! Dutch people raise the flag and wear anything orange they have before heading off to street parties, flea markets, and festivals. Or so we did before we were hit by a global pandemic. Everything is a bit different now, but don’t worry: on this web page the International Welcome Centre has collected lots of activities, tutorials and information for you to have a great King’s Day!

How to celebrate King’s Day safely?

Check out the events that are organised this year, play traditional games, sell stuff you don’t use anymore at an online flea market, and impress your friends with your Dutch words, knowledge about the Netherlands, and fun facts about the King!

In the days leading up to King’s Day, we will continue expanding this page with more fun activities, interesting information and King’s Day contests with great prizes, so make sure to check back often. Scroll down and have a ‘fijne Koningsdag’.

A happy King's Day wish

Fatma Koşer Kaya, Alderman of the city of Amersfoort, wishes you a happy King’s Day. She invites you to visit Amersfoort when everything has turned back to normal to experience this festive day in its regular and abundant form. For now: enjoy this King’s Day programme!

Activities and fun info

What is King's Day?

This year, the Dutch celebrate that King Willem-Alexander is turning 54 years old. How did this tradition of a nation-wide celebration of the royal birthday come to be? Watch this video from Schooltv to learn about the history of this national holiday.


Kid activity

Do you want to feel like a king or a queen for a day? Create your very own crown. Just download our template below, print it, color it, cut it, glue it, and wear it with royal elegance. If you take a picture of your crown and send it to, you’ll maybe even win a prize. 


Puzzle and win!

How much do you know about King’s Day, the Netherlands, and Utrecht Region? Try solving our special King’s Day puzzle and you might become the lucky winner of one of our great prizes. PS: all of the answers can be found on this King’s Day page.

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This King’s Day page is brought to you by the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region. We provide internationals with free services and information about living, working and studying in the region. Come visit us at our office in Utrecht city or check out our website to see what we can do for you!

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