Maxima experiences Orange fever at exhilarating Queen's Day party

After a majestic display from the British monarchy that brought a million people out onto the streets for Prince William's glorious nuptials, the Dutch have also been showing their affection for Queen Beatrix and her family.

There was plenty of orange-themed fun – it’s the national colour – with circus performers and confetti in the southern town of Weert, which was the scene of the annual Queen's Day celebrations.

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Tradition has it that the festivities, marking the monarch's mother's birthday, move to a different location every year, with Oranjekoorts or Orange fever taking over the town centre for a day.

And as always Princess Maxima, the queen's daughter-in-law, got a kick out of the lively atmosphere this year.

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