Dutch royals gift seven 'Tulpi-chairs' to Toronto
They're quirky, modern and orange.
Seven outdoor chairs that resemble the Dutch national flower were "planted" on Toronto's Centre Island as part of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's visit to the city.
The Dutch royalty -- who are in Toronto as part of their state visit to commemorate Canada's role in liberating the Netherlands during the Second World War -- gifted the "Tulpi-chairs" to the city. They were officially unveiled on Friday.
"I am honoured and proud to accept on behalf of the City of Toronto such beautiful and creative additions to Centre Island," Mayor John Tory said in a statement released on Friday. "The Tulpi chairs will act as a symbol of our two nations' ongoing friendship and the history we both share."
The all-season chairs that add a punch of colour to the island are located near the ferry dock, under the flag poles along the waterfront. They were created by internationally-renowned designer Marco Manders. Similar to a blooming tulip, one side of the chair unfolds to reveal a seat that automatically folds up when not in use.
Earlier on Friday, the royal pair was at Queen's Park, where they were greeted by hundreds of excited fans. Queen Maxima, who wore a white, knee-length dress that was cinched at the waist, wowed the crowd with her fashion sense. She shook hands with many people, but declined a request to take a selfie, joking that she didn't want to make the king late.
The royal visit to Ontario is the first in nearly 30 years by members of the Dutch monarchy.
On Thursday, they were in Waterloo, Ont., awarding scholarships to Canadian students as part of the 70th anniversary since the end of the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. The historical event is commemorated every May 5 by the Dutch.
Friday's visit to Toronto also included a meeting with Ontario's Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a conversation with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Wynne, who lived in Holland for years, spoke with the royal couple in Dutch.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Paul Bliss