Usually I wouldn’t even have thought about it. But with the Queen having announced her abdication on Monday, it just occured to me on Thursday that I was actually celebrating my 33th anniversary as a royalty watcher. I am not quite sure whether that was the real starting date, but I think so. On 31 January 1980 Queen Juliana (1909-2004) announced that she would abdicate in favour of her daughter Princess Beatrix on 30 April 1980. I think that for the little girl I was back then, just 6 1/2 years old, the whole event was of course most intrigueing. I still have some of the souvenirs I got back then from my mother who loved the royal family too, and was quite happy with my interest in the whole event. At schools all over the country the event of course was being discussed. I received a glass with the old and new Queen on it, and I still have the workbook I got with drawings and stories to teach us about the monarchy.
But I can’t really remember much of the whole abdication anymore. I am sure I must have been sitting in front of the television, and my mother said last week she thinks we have been into town. Of course it was Queen’s Day and the whole country was celebrating. Now 33 years later I will once again go through a change of monarchs. Not sure yet whether I will be able to go to Amsterdam, but I really hope I can, as it must be quite exciting to be there on such an historical moment. It is a once in a lifetime event, and I am quite certain the next time I am likely too old to go to Amsterdam personally.