Orange crush: Boats packed with revelers tour Amsterdam canals to celebrate the king's birthday

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Decked successful nan nationalist orangish color, dancing to music, and eating orange-glazed pastries, galore successful nan Netherlands Saturday are marking King’s Day, celebrating nan day of their monarch who is enjoying a very flimsy emergence successful fame arsenic per a nationalist poll.

As King Willem-Alexander celebrated his 57th day pinch his family successful nan northeastern metropolis of Emmen, group crossed nan state engaged successful nan accepted “free markets” held connected that day, trading second-hand toys, books and different items. Others toured done nan historical canals of nan capital, Amsterdam arsenic orangish fume from flares held aloft 1 vessel drifted complete vessels of each shapes and sizes huddled together for abstraction connected a engaged canal.

“Celebrating your day pinch your ain family is nan astir beautiful point you tin experience. I’m very happy everybody is back,” Willem-Alexander told Dutch broadcaster NOS during a walkabout successful Emmen, 190 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of nan Dutch capital.

An yearly canvass published by nan NOS for King’s Day showed Willem-Alexander’s fame edging up very somewhat since past twelvemonth to 6.6 retired of 10. His Argentine-born wife, Queen Maxima, scored 7.1 retired of 10 successful nan canvass of 1,015 people, conducted earlier this month.

The royals’ fame took a hit during nan COVID-19 pandemic aft Willem-Alexander and his family went connected picnic successful Greece during a partial lockdown. The royals trim short their break amid nationalist uproar and Willem-Alexander took nan different measurement of issuing a video connection to definitive his regret and contrition for nan trip.

The king’s 3 daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane person each spent clip retired of nan state precocious — Ariane has been studying successful Italy while Alexia has taken a spread twelvemonth to travel. The eldest and heir to nan Dutch throne, Amalia, besides returned up of nan king’s day aft being forced to time off her student accommodation successful Amsterdam and move to Madrid pursuing threats from nan criminal underworld.

Amalia, 20, who is studying politics, psychology, rule and economics astatine Amsterdam University, told NOS she was “extremely grateful to everybody who made it possible” for her to unrecorded successful Spain, wherever she said she was capable to bask much state than successful nan Netherlands.

But, she added: “I’m gladsome to beryllium back.”