This afternoon, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra completed its final rehearsals with DJ Armin van Buuren. Special guest, the Efteling’s long-necked Lange Jan (a famous character to Dutch children) will wear an orange bowtie as he watches over proceedings. By 17:00, everything will be in place for the Royal Boat Parade, which officially gets underway at 19:45 with the royal couple and the three young princesses. For a good view of proceedings, it is advised to make your way to viewing points around the River IJ before 17:00. A preliminary entertainment programme begins at 16:00 at a number of locations, ensuring that a festive spirit is in place for the parade.