Today, the Netherlands celebrated Kingsday! This is my first Kingsday ever, as before it was always called Queensday; the last King that reigned the Netherlands, was King Willem III of Orange-Nassau until he died in 1890 and was followed up by his daughter Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of Orange-Nassau. Eversince, the Netherlands had only queens reigning, until last year when the first son of our former queen, Beatrix, took over the throne on what was then known as Queensday.
It's common that the Dutch people dress themselves completely in orange during this festivity, as this is the color of the Netherlands due to Willem of Orange (also known as William the silent), prince of Orange. During the Eighty Year's war, Willem's insurgents wore the prince's flag in the colors 'Oranje, blanje, bleu' (orange, white, blue). When independence was proclaimed in 1579, these colors became the original colors of the Dutch flag. However, shortly after, the color orange changed into vermillion red. Our tricolour flag was now vermillion red, pearl white and cobalt blue - the flag we still have to this day.
Last year on this day, Ben and I mixed with the rest of Zutphen; drinking beers and listening to the live bands playing and met tons of new people. This day, we decided to just walk through Zutphen and afterwards take some rest, drink some N/A Chardonnay and enjoy a cheeseboard - all quietly at the river the Ijssel watching boats go by at my favorite spot.
I received a new dress I am smitten with, and wore it today. I was quite amused and surprised when I found this lovely dress on the dutch equivalent of Ebay. Especially because it was a (carmine) red dress. Usually when you find dresses from the 1930s or 1940s, these are black. The reason for that, is because black dresses were usually only worn at sunday's, when people went to church. Because of wearing these dresses only so little, these dresses were preserved better than the colored ones. I never owned a red vintage dress and it came godsend. It's so beautiful! The back of the dress is adorned with a row of red buttons. I am in love with a dress, yes. A dress.
I am wearing:
a late 1930s dress
1940s platform pumps
some modern hairflowers
my dashing chap Ben wears:
a 1940s suit
late 1930s/early 1940s tie