If you ever watched the Dutch soccer team play or visited Amsterdam during Queens day, you might wonder why we all dress in Orange. Especially because the colours of our flag are red, white and blue. Why not dress up in those colours right?
Well, Orange is the colour of our Royal Family, who are called ‘Oranje-Nassau’, and the Dutch word ‘Oranje’ means ‘Orange’. They have played a central role in the political life of the Netherlands since William I of Orange (“William the Silent”) organized the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule, which after the Eighty Years’ War led to an independent Dutch state.
More specifically, our Queen is called “Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld”. That’s a mouth full 😉
The colour Orange has come to symbolise the country and our national pride. That is why lot’s of people dress up in Orange when our national sports teams play or when we celebrate Queens day at the 30th of April.
Dutch soccer fans during European Championship 2008
Dutch people wearing Orange at Queens day