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By Debbie Miller

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Celebrate National Princess Week With Real Royalty

Celebrate National Princess Week in style! Bring your whole family with your prince or princess and come out to the Home Depot Center on April 28 to celebrate Queen’s Day. Queen’s Day is a traditional holiday in the Netherlands, celebrating their actual Queen Beatrix.

In Los Angeles, the Dutch community invites everyone to a fun family event with live music, traditional Dutch games, bouncy house, soccer tournaments, and a flea market. Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander will even be there to take family photos! Ok, it’s not the actual royalty, but they’re look-alikes and your kids will never know the difference.

Children and adults alike may come dressed up as princess (or prince) and queen. The Dutch national color is orange, so dress up in something orange and fun for your best shot to win the Miss Orange pageant. Anyone 12 years and older can be part of the contest and be crowned a Miss Orange. Being right next to Orange County, we think that’s perfect!

“Queen’s Day is a fun event to teach children about their heritage and another culture in a fun way,” says Jeff Keasberry, organizer of the United Netherlands Organizations. “As the United States is celebrating National Princess Week, why not come together as an international community and celebrate real royalty as we’re at it?”

Many Americans find their heritage in Europe and most of us are quite aware where our ancestors come from. Whether they came from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden or Belgium, all these countries still today, have royal families. In the Netherlands, they even have three little princesses: Princess Amelia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariana.

This year will be the last Queen’s Day because it’s the last year of Queen Beatrix’s reign. She will abdicate her reign to her son Willem-Alexander, who will be the Dutch King, along with Princess Maxima. Both will start their reign on April 30, so Queen’s Day 2013 really is a farewell to the outgoing Queen.

Tickets for this family-friendly event can be purchased at dutchqueensday.eventbrite.com. Tickets are currently on sale for just $10 per person (kids 12 and under are free). For more information on Queen’s Day, pictures and a program of the day, please visit www.dutch-day.com and like their Facebook page to follow the latest news of the event at www.facebook.com/dutchqueensday.

We are giving away a family pack of tickets — two adults and two children tickets — valued at $40. Leave a comment below sharing why you’d like to go to be entered to win. The winner will be chosen at noon on April 24th via random.org.

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