One of the nicest portraits I've seen recently.
And the silliest thing of all is... it's not even her birthday. That's at the end of January but since her mother, Queen Juliana, celebrated her birthday on April 30th, Queen Beatrix decided on her accession in 1980 to continue the tradition as the chance of reasonable weather was a lot better on that day than in January.
The skies got very dark at a certain point, but the masses didn't take much notice I suspect...
So, silly me was out at 5 a.m. so I could find a place for the children to park their stuff on the sidewalk so it could be sold... I went out ahead and let the rest sleep... Actually it was a very interesting morning, I got to talking to all sorts of people around me I probably wouldn't have spoken with otherwise.
...although some weren't very talkative really...
Thankfully the weather was good. It was fresh in the morning, later in the day it turned decidedly humid and warm but only after a short shower. Compared to a couple of years ago, when everybody and everything got totally drenched, it was a dream day :D
Middle Daughter, sitting quietly and waiting for prosective customers... good job it stayed dry.
More photo's of the Queens Birthday holiday can be found here.