If you're a) a king and b) turning fifty then a takeaway in front of the TV isn't really an option. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has thrown a birthday celebration and then some as he makes his royal half century and the glittering high point came at a special dinner in Amsterdam. Along with Queen Maxima he welcomed 150 people marking special birthdays themselves on the same day as him (April 27th) before an exhibition celebrating his fifty years opened for fifty hours, non stop, at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Oh, and there was a group photo involved what looked like most of the city. This king knows how to party.
The evening started with that special dinner. Invitations went out to 150 people who marked a 'crown' birthday (where their age ended with a 5 or a 0) on the same day as the King of the Netherlands. Among them were 50 people who turned 50 on the same day as the royal birthday boy. Willem-Alexander and Maxima got there nice and early to be able to personally greet all their guests and there was quite a turnout to cheer them into the palace.
The dinner was every bit as glittery as you expect a gala to be with champagne, lovely food and a speech from the birthday king as well as a toast to all his guests.