The Queen of Holland, Beatrice, on April 30, abdicated in favor of his son, the future King William Alexander. The traditional national holiday became the occasion for a series of initiatives in and outside the Netherlands. In order to involve the citizens of Rome to Dutch festivity, the Embassy of the Netherlands, in collaboration with “Roma Capitale” and Holland Flower Council organized a compelling “Orange Flowers Festival”. Rome celebrated the new Dutch King William Alexander with a colorful ceremony which took place on Capitol Hill. Two models dressed in clothes entirely composed of fresh flowers offered to the Mayor of Rome a sparkling and unique flower arrangement consisting of different types of orange flowers.The event served to highlight two areas of excellence of Dutch economy: floriculture and fashion & design.
- First King of Netherlands for 120 years: Dutch reaction (caledonianreports.wordpress.com)
- Netherlands Prepares To Welcome First King Since 1890 (npr.org)
- Dutch pin economic hopes on ‘Orange boost’ from new king (thetimes.co.uk)
- After more than 120 years, a king for the Netherlands – CNN International (edition.cnn.com)