On Tuesday, we avoided the one-million-strong fete in Amsterdam celebrating the new Dutch monarchs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. Instead, David and I visited the fishing harbour of Marken and the charming town perhaps best known for its cheese, Edam. We arrived early, so I could take photographs before before too many people blocked the views.
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Much of the village of Marken was draped in banners and bunting.
But the harbour remained untouched...
Children dressed up for the festivities.
A big screen television link was set up for Marken residents to watch Willem-Alexander's investiture.
Several Marken residents wore traditional clothing.
A shop window displayed art honouring the Dutch king.
A little girl in traditional costume rode her bicycle to the town centre.
A flag flew at nearly every house.
Trees are topped with crowns in honour of the new king and queen.
This man wore patriotic orange garden gloves, to match his banner and the flag.
Even the dog wore a bright orange bow tie.
The ubiquitous tulips.
Children in Edam wearing costumes for the grand occasion.
This image reminds me of a queen marching forward with purpose and her lady-in-waiting, following behind her.
Special Queen's/King's Day treats.
In Edam, the local fire department set up a giant spraying hose in the town square, which delighted the children (along with a bouncy castle). In this photograph, the festivities are viewed from the end of a canal, where a lone orange balloon is floating.
Flags line the streets in Edam.
The shadow of an 18th-century bridge in Edam.