The Netherlands crowns new king

The Netherlands crowns new king

The Dutch have their first King in more than 120 years, as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne on Tuesday, ending 33 years as the country’s monarch and paving the way for her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, to become Dutch king of the Netherlands.

The much-loved Beatrix ended her 33-year-reign Tuesday in a nationally televised signing ceremony as thousands of orange-clad people cheered outside and millions more watched on television. The transfer became official as she signed the “instrument of abdication” that means she will now be known as Princess Beatrix.

Dear mother, you just abdicated the throne. We are deeply grateful for your work, you inspired and moved 33 years,” responded King Willem-Alexander.

Dutch king Willem-Alexander is Europe’s youngest monarch, and he has vowed that he and Queen Maxima will not be “protocol fetishists.”

Earlier this year, Her Majesty the Queen delivered an official address to the nation, announcing her upcoming abdication from the throne. This will take place on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 at the Royal Palace on Dam Square, followed by the inauguration of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands as the new king and queen at De Nieuwe Kerk.

The official programme started at 10:00 on 30 April with the abdication of Queen Beatrix, after which the royal family made an appearance on the palace balcony at 10:30. The departing queen and the new king both gave a short address.

The swearing in and investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will take place at De Nieuwe Kerk from 14:00 to 15:30, after which the king and his entourage will return to the Royal Palace for a private reception.

The Song for the King will be performed in the presence of the king and queen at 19:30 at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands via a video link with Ahoy Rotterdam and shortly after, the Royal Boat Parade will begin.

Royal delegations from 18 nations, from Thailand and Japan to Monaco and Norway, are in attendance for the investiture.

Nearly 1 million people are expected to join the party in Amsterdam with dancing, bands and DJs helping create a Orange atmosphere.

Legendary Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren will be hitting the decks at the Kop van Java during the boat parade, joined by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for what promises to be a spectacular performance!

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