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Model Doutzen Kroes celebrates Dutch King Willem-Alexander's birthday

April 27, 2015
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Model Doutzen Kroes showed herpatriotism for her home country by decking out in orange garb to celebrate King's Day. The blonde beauty shared a picture of her and her 4-year-old son bothwearing orange wigs to celebrate King Willem-Alexander turning 48.

The Dutch native was one of millionsof people who dressed up for the occasion, which is a national holiday. TheKing arrived in Dordrecht, a city close to the port of Rotterdam, to participatein a full day of celebrations with thousands of well wishers in orange-coloredoutfits greeting him.

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A highlight of the day was whenWillem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane were taken around in a boat covered in orange flowers. After a fun day, the night will conclude withhundreds of evening parties across the nation.

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Celebrating the monarch’s anniversary has been a traditionfor several generations in the Netherlands. And in honor of the Dutch monarch's birthday, HELLO! hasgathered a list of five facts you might not have known about the popular royal,who ascended the throne two years ago.

1.Theking was born on April 27, 1967 at the University Medical Center in Utrecht,Netherlands, as the first child of Princess Beatrix and her husband Prince Claus. Upon birth,his official royal title was "His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexanderof the Netherlands."

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2. At the age of 48, he is currently Europe's secondyoungest monarch behind Spain's King Felipe, who is also a close friend.

3. In March 2001, the Dutch palace announced thatWillem-Alexander was to marry Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, a former investment banker from Argentina. Just11 months later in February 2002, the Dutch people rejoiced as the new royalcouple married in a stunning ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

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4. His arrival was greeted with huge celebrationsacross the Netherlands, as he was the first Dutch male royal baby to be bornsince Prince Alexander in 1851 and more importantly the first immediate maleheir since Alexander's death in 1884.

5. Since ascending to the throne, Willem-Alexanderhas made a conscious effort to greet as many Dutch people as possible. Speakingahead of his investiture he insisted people could address him the "waythey want."

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