Willem-Alexander new Dutch king
Queen Beatrix abdicates after 33 years on the throne Amsterdam (Agencies): After 33 years on the throne, Dutch Queen Beatrix on Tuesday abdicated in...
Queen Beatrix abdicates after 33 years on the throne
Beatrix was succeeded by her 46-year-old eldest son new King Willem-Alexander.A Willem-Alexander is inaugurated as the Netherlands' first king since 1890. Willem-Alexander has pledged to be a 21st century king, close to his nearly 17 million subjects, and not a "protocol fetishist" who won't insist on being addressed as Your Majesty.
Thousands flocked to the royal House of Orange-Nassau to witness the generational change.A The much-loved Beatrix ended her 33-year-reign as thousands of orange-clad people cheered outside and millions more watched on national television
The 75-year-old looked close to tears as she then appeared on a balcony overlooking some 20,000 of her subjects. "I am happy and grateful to introduce to you your new king, Willem-Alexander," she told the cheering crowd.
Moments later, in a striking symbol of the generational shift, she left the balcony and the new king, his wife and three daughters - the children in matching yellow dresses and headbands - waved to the crowd. "'Dear mother, today you relinquished the throne. 33 years moving and inspiring years. We are intensely, intensely grateful to you," the new king said.
On Monday night Prince Charles and Camilla joined members of the Dutch Royal Family for a dinner in honour of Beatrix at the world-famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which has just reopened after a lavish €375m renovation. Prince Charles was also in attendance when Beatrix was crowned in 1980.
The generational change in the House of Orange-Nassau gave the Netherlands a moment of celebration and pageantry as this trading nation of nearly 17 million struggles through a lengthy recession brought on by the European economic