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 Apr 29 2021

Koningsdag and "Bossche Bol" from The Netherlands

Starting with today’s “Koningsdag” of The Netherlands, we celebrate the National Days of our member Nations in 2021 by introducing one of our staff members and unveiling some facts. Interesting, surprising, fascinating, amazing, extraordinary fun facts, usually not found in any travel guides.

In The Netherlands, Koningsdag officially commemorates the birthday of King Willem Alexander, born in Utrecht on 27 April 1967. Traditionally, the entire country celebrates by dressing in orange clothes (the royal family are the House of Orange-Nassau), painting faces and hair orange and wearing mock orange crowns. This year, everybody will have to be celebrating at home, due to COVID-19 there will be no public festivities.

Martin Ligtenberg is the Deputy Provost marshal and Planning Staff Officer in the Joint support and Enabling Command since 2020. He is a lieutenant colonel in the “Koninklijke Marechaussee”, a Gendarmerie type force organization of the Ministry of Defense. 

Did you know ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Capital of Noord-Brabant, my home province in the south of The Netherlands, is the origin of the popular “Bossche Bol”?

Basically, it is a large profiterole style pastry, slightly larger than a tennis ball, filled with whipped cream and covered almost entirely with dark chocolate icing. Traditionally, you use your fingers for eating the Bossche Bol, which can get quite messy. The best way to prevent yourself from being entirely covered by dark chocolate icing and whipped cream is by eating the Bol upside down, so that the hard layer of chocolate serves as a bowl. You could use knives and forks as well, causing traditionalists to frown with annoyance.

So, whenever you are planning a trip to The Netherlands, don’t miss to savor a Bossche Bol with your afternoon coffee, it’s a must.”

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command Public Affairs Office

On Koningsdag, the entire country celebrates the birthday of King Willem Alexander, dressing in orange clothes, painting faces and wearing mock orange crowns.
Lieutenant Colonel Martin Ligtenberg is the Deputy Provost marshal and Planning Staff Officer in the Joint support and Enabling Command since 2020.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a Gendarmerie type force organisation of the Ministry of Defense.

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