Koningsspelen: How Dutch children start to celebrate their new King


In occasion of the royal proceedings (from the Queen Beatrix‘s abdication to Willem-Alexander‘s swearing-in ceremony) on Tuesday the 30th of April, today, more than 1.3 million children from 6.500 primary schools (basisonderwijs) are celebrating Koningsspelen.

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The ministery of Education, Culture and Science (Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW)) gave the approval to organise this event and it was organised by a special commitee under the direction of Richard Krajicek. The Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Richard Krajicek Foundation are responsible for the whole coordination.

All the primary schools in the Netherlands and the caribbean part of the kingdom are participating.  The Koningsspelen is a very gezellig day for all the children in the Dutch primary schools. The whole week was Sportweek, where several sportevents and competitions for children took place and today the children will have sport competitions, play several Dutch games, dance Dutch dances, sing Dutch songs, and also have a very special and healthy breakfast, the Koningsontbijt.

Every school is free to choose how to celebrate the Koningsspelen, but they are asked to do this in a very creative manner. And those schools who have the most creative setup may have the chance to meet King Willem-Alexander and Maxima after the 30th of April…

Both, Willem-Alexander and Maxima are visiting several schools today to meet the children.

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