No, I don’t mean the mailbox had too much wietsaus over the weekend …
Yesterday saw the opening of the highest mailbox in the Netherlands, located on the top of the Domtoren. Poor postal worker, having to climb all those stairs! That might make me want to go a bit postal, as well!
But seriously, from now until 5 May, anyone who takes a guided climb up the Domtoren will receive a special card that can be placed in this mailbox. However, the final recipients of the mail are limited to Queen Beatrix and soon-to-be King Willem-Alexander. People can have their personal messages delivered directly to the royal family.
Why? Well, don’t forget that Willem-Alexander will become king in just a few more days on 30 April. This allows well-wishers to send a nice message to the outgoing queen and the incoming king.
It’s an historic evening here in the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix made a speech on tv and radio tonight at 7 pm to say that she is abdicating on April 30. Those of you who are familiar with Queen’s Day will recognize the date. Prince Willem-Alexander will take the throne that day.
Queen Beatrix became queen in 1980 and is one of the longest reigning monarchs in current times. This will be the first time we’ve had a king in three generations.
It’s been fascinating to watch it in real time, even if the speech was technically prerecorded. Royal history has primarily been limited to marriages and births for me, and those were UK-related.
Not surprisingly, it’s big news here. TV coverage is ongoing and Facebook and Twitter are alight. Twitter here wasn’t even working well, since I’m sure there was so much traffic, since the Dutch are very involved with Twitter. Most of the trending topics were related to the royal family and the abdication.