photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Prinses Irene Tulips - April 2010
For the past 3 years (in autumn), we've planted these lovely, stripey orange, Prinses Irene tulips in our garden and they have never failed to delight us each spring -this year is no exception! The tulips are named after one of the sisters of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and orange is the color of the the Dutch Royal family, so most orange tulips, here in Holland, get a royal name too! :o)
It seems to me that the Prinses Irene tulips are always in their full glory come Koninginnedag (Queen's Day), which is a national holiday in the Netherlands to celebrate the Queen's birthday. Queen Beatrix is the current monarch of the Netherlands and although her actual birthday in in January, today, April 30th, is the day of the nationwide celebration.
You'll find my other posts about Koninginnedag here:
A tulip for Koninginnedag 2009 (this was a sad year)
Queens Day 2008, Colored Pencil Drawing, Tulips and lots of Orange!
Today is Queen's Day!~Vandaag is het Koninginnedag! - 2007 (this post has more of the history of the celebration)
And Happy Koninginnedag - even if you're not Dutch! ;o)
Judy & Sacha (my own "princess")