Oranje

5C - OranjeThe House of Orange-Nassau (in Dutch: Huis van Oranje-Nassau) came into being in 1544, when the name was adopted as the Dutch Royal Family’s official name by William I of Orange. It was to become one of the most influential royal houses in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries and the name originated in 1163 from the tiny Principauté d’Orange, a feudal state of 108 square miles north of Avignon.

Orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, activity, taste and aroma. It’s the color of transformation. The color of visibility (life jackets); the color of warning (highway signs); the color of autumn, Thanksgiving and Halloween! Oranje (orange) is the national color of The Netherlands.

Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) was introduced in the Netherlands in 1890, when Wilhelmina came to the Dutch throne at age 10. Wilhelmina married Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin at the age of 21 (1901) and she reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Wilhelmina was succeeded to the throne by Juliana (1948) and Beatrix (1980) and over the years Koninginnedag became a major event for Dutch but also many foreigners who enjoyed taking part in the festivities.

Beatrix altered her mother’s custom of receiving a floral parade near a Royal palace, instead choosing to visit different Dutch towns each year and join in the festivities along with her sons. In her last Koninginnedag before abdicating in favor of her eldest son Willem-Alexander, H.R.H. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Veenendaal; home of Perzina’s biggest European representation.

Dedicated to the Huis van Oranje-Nassau and the Dutch Royal Family, honoring Queen Beatrix and the last Koninginnedag after 122 years (as from the following year it would become Koningsdag; King’s Day), Perzina presented the City of Veenendaal with this one-of-a-kind Perzina 188 Oranje grand piano which was used in the festivities in the presence of H.R.H. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The piano remained to the City Hall to this day and is regularly used, promoting music and culture in general.