Diamond Jubilee in Amsterdam
By The Holland Times Fri. 1 June 2012
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was celebrated throughout the Netherlands today by British expats and visitors. One particular celebration, held by the British School of Amsterdam, brought the Jubilee to a new generation in a very unique way.
Students from the British School of Amsterdam gathered in three campuses across the city this afternoon for a series of commemorative events celebrating both royalty and travel. Pupils were invited to design a crown that best represented themselves and their interests, with prizes and a mock coronation for the winners from each class. A rainbow of royal titles emerged, including the Queen of Sweets, the Queen of Canines and one young monarch with a very foreboding name; King Louis.
The main event in the celebrations took the form of a release of balloons into Amsterdam's skies; each one bearing a postcard informing anyone who finds it to mail the card back to the school with a note on where it was found. Each card has a number corresponding to the child who released it, and the one that travelled the furthest is to receive an award.
For children who have mostly travelled a long way from their home countries to become a part of Dutch society, this event helps to recognise the benefits of travel. So if you see a balloon stuck in a tree over the next few days, take a look; you might just be helping a child's education.
(Photo: Adelina Krupski)