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Willem-Alexander is new king of Netherlands

Willem-Alexander is new king of Netherlands

The Netherlands got its first new king in over 120 years on Tuesday as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne in favor her son, Willem-Alexander.

The much-loved Queen Beatrix, 75, formally stood down from the throne in a nationally televised signing ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Earlier this year she said that it was time for “a new generation” to reign.

During the ceremony, Queen Beatrix signed a statement that read: ‘I now withdraw from my office of Queen of the Netherlands, and the monarchy will now be transferred to my eldest son, Willem-Alexander.”

King Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch king for 123 years and, at 46, the youngest crowned head in Europe.

Dear mother. You have given from the kingdom 33 moving and inspired years, which we are intensely grateful for, “Thank you”,” responded King Willem-Alexander.

The crowds had gathered in Dam Square Amsterdam from early on Tuesday to see the new King and his wife, Queen Maxima, as they stepped out onto the balcony of the Royal Palace.


Amsterdam has been awash with orange, the royal color, for days. Houses were covered in bunting and flags and shop windows were stuffed with orange cakes, sweets, clothes and flowers.

Nearly a million people were expected to join the street party with dancing to bands and DJs, helping create a Orange atmosphere.