No King’s Day at Dutch Embassy due to Coronavirus

Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok has decided to cancel King’s Day at all of the more than 150 Dutch embassies and other Dutch diplomatic missions abroad. "Given the rapid spread of the Corona crisis around the world, it is only logical to cancel the usual festivities this year", Mr Blok said.

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State Visit to the United Kingdom in 2018: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visit Queen Elisabeth

For many Dutch citizens abroad the annual celebration of King’s Day is a festive high point. It is the perfect opportunity to meet and catch up with each other. King’s Day is also a unique moment for Dutch diplomatic missions to further intensify relations with local authorities and businesses. The Dutch Ambassador in the United Kingdom annually receives hundreds of guests at the King's Day reception in London.

King's Day celebrations cancelled all over the world

The minister made the decision to provide clarity to Dutch diplomatic missions abroad and visitors who intended to celebrate King’s Day there. It also avoids incurring costs that will later prove to be unnecessary. Moreover, in a number of countries, events and manifestations are no longer permitted.

The cancellation of King’s Day abroad is in line with an earlier decision to cancel King’s Day in Maastricht in the Netherlands.