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‘Signature Tulips’ Are in Full Bloom in Time for King’s Day

This Saturday, April 26, is King’s Day in the Netherlands. King’s Day is the biggest national event in the country, and everything and everyone turns orange to celebrate.

The Dutch royal family goes on tour to be received by one or more Dutch towns, and the streets come alive with fairs, flea markets and parties.

The Dutch have celebrated it on April 30, the birthday of former Queen Juliana, since 1949. Prior to 1949 Queen’s Day, as it used to be called, was celebrated on August 31, which was the birthday of Queen Wilhelmina. From 2014 onwards the Dutch will celebrate King’s Day on April 27, which is the birthday of the new King Willem-Alexander. However in 2014 the celebration will be on April 26 because April 27 falls on a Sunday.

A close-up of the Holland America Line "Signature Tulip."

A close-up of the Holland America Line “Signature Tulip.”

More celebrations are in order because the Holland America Line “Signature Tulip” is in bloom! Last year, the company celebrated its 140th anniversary. The occasion was marked with the naming of the Holland America Line “Signature Tulip” at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

A white-petal variety with delicate fringed petals was chosen to honor our company that was founded at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, April 18, 1873. It’s a year later, and our beautiful flower is in full bloom at Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is only open for two months each year, from March 20 through May 18 in 2014, so if you want to see the Signature Tulip in person, don’t delay.

Some lucky Holland America Line guests also received a Signature Tulip bulb for planting at home, and other grand gardens around the world planted bulbs. Spring is here, and it’s time to see the tulip.

Holland America Line’s Managing Director UK Business Lynn Narraway, left, and Linda Johnson, Cruise Specialist from Thomas Cook in Guildford inspect the HAL Signature Tulips grown at Dunsborough Park in Surrey, England.

Holland America Line’s Managing Director UK Business Lynn Narraway, left, and Linda Johnson, Cruise Specialist from Thomas Cook in Guildford, inspect the HAL Signature Tulips grown at Dunsborough Park in Surrey, England.

Dunsborough Park is a stunning country estate situated in Ripley, just thirty minutes outside London. A beautiful home set among 62 acres of landscaped gardens, Dunsborough is owned by the Dutch Van Sweert family and has regular garden openings, concerts and private events.

Dunsborough Park is a country estate situated in Ripley, just 30 minutes outside London. A beautiful home set among 62 acres of landscaped gardens, Dunsborough is owned by the Dutch Van Sweert family and has regular garden openings, concerts and private events.

Holland America Line's Rachel Moodie got her tulips at a fundraising event and planted them in her home garden.

Holland America Line’s Rachel Moodie got her tulips at a fundraising event and planted them in her home garden.

Our Signature tulip, from Sue Calkins.

Our Signature tulip, from Sue Calkins.

Holland America Line fans also sent in gorgeous photos of their own tulips in bloom.

Beautiful tulips from David and Theresa Parsons.

Beautiful tulips from David and Theresa Parsons.

Tulips from Mariner James Chu.

Striking petals from Mariner James Chu.

Beautiful pink bloom from guest M. Latour.

Pretty pink tulips from guest M. Latour.

If you’ve been to Keukenhof and taken photos of the Signature Tulip or if you have one in your own garden, send a photo to info@hollandamericablog.com so we can feature it on social media.

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