Perhaps other ex-pats in the Netherlands will understand this one: I thought Queen Beatrix was a wonderful representative for the Dutch nation, but Lord am I glad I don’t have to twist my tongue over the word “Koninginnendag” anymore. With the investiture of the new monarch the Orange holiday is now known as “Koningsdag,” and I find this much easier to pronounce. Although, to be honest, I also checked the correct spelling of both of those Dutch terms, proving that I happen to trip up on the written syllables as well. Long live the King and Queen! To join the upcoming celebrations on April 26 we have selected one of king and one queen from Vinita’s archive of wild, fanciful and royal headgear exploits.

Vinita's King Vinita's Queen