Happy Birthday

Today, January 31, is the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. She was born in 1938, the eldest daughter of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. However, the Queen's official birthday is celebrated on April 30, known as Queen's Day (Dutch: Koninginnedag) which was her mother's birthday. April 30 of this year will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Beatrix's ascension to the Dutch throne.

Last year's Queen's Day made headlines around the world when a man plowed his car through a crowd of spectators who had gathered to see the Queen and other members of the royal family at a parade in Apeldoorn. The crash was captured by numerous news cameras and showed members of the royal family, who were riding on an open-top bus, looking on and visibly shocked. Eight people were killed in the attack, including the driver, and ten others were injured.