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02.05.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's Dutch residents raised a glass to thank their former Queen in a party hosted at Tube bar, in the capital on Tuesday.

Luxembourg's Dutch residents raised a glass to thank their former queen in a party hosted at Tube bar, in the capital on Tuesday.

Following a day of important ceremonies in Amsterdam, during which the Dutch nation shed a tear for the loss of Queen Beatrix and ushered in her successor, King Willem-Alexander, Luxembourg's Dutch residents paid their respects.

“It's more a big thank you to the queen. And a little bit of a hello to the king. It was saying goodbye after 33 years,” Dutch Club President Willem Gerbers told wort.lu/en, adding: “Everyone's waiting and expecting and hoping the new king and his queen will do well. If you saw him on TV today, you'd know he's up to it.”

The party served up Dutch specialties "bitterballen", Dutch liqueur "oranje bitter" and Dutch music provided by DJ Jean-Pierre, also a Dutch national.

The Dutch club of Luxembourg has celebrated Queen's day at the bar for the last three years, a tradition which is set to continue, though with some differences.

“It will be strange not saying Queen's day anymore,” explained Queen's day event organiser Nienke ter Avest, adding: “Next year it will be King's day on April 27, the date of the king's birthday.”

Among the guests at Tuesday evening's event was Dutch Ambassador to Luxembourg Peter Kok, who earlier in the day hosted a garden party to celebrate the investiture.

There are thought to be around 5,000 Dutch nationals living in Luxembourg who will have closely followed Tuesday's events.

The event was also poignant for Luxembourg since the investiture of Willem-Alexander marks the first king in the Netherlands since King William III, who was also concurrently the Luxembourg Grand Duke, 123 years ago.

Find out more about the Dutch Club of Luxembourg by visiting www.nvl.lu