National Tulip Day is an annual event in January that preludes the tulip season in the Netherlands. The event is being organized on the Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam since 2012. During this day a special garden of 200,000 tulips covers the square. In the morning people can view the tulips from a gangway and in the afternoon people can pick the tulips for free.
15 June: Princess Beatrix awarded the 2016 Silver Carnations of the Prince Bernhard Culture at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The Silver Carnations have been awarded annually since 1950 to people who have worked voluntarily for the culture and nature of the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard presented the awards until his death in 2004. Beatrix took over the role in 2005.
On the Dam Square’, before the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, every year is on the third Saturday in January, a tulip promotion. A “garden” is made, and after one o'clock everyone can pick tulips for free. That was big fun yesterday!
24 June: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima received the diplomatic corps for a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. They were joined by Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven.