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Willem-Alexander has been sworn in as king of the Netherlands following the abdication of Queen Beatrix.

He became the country’s first king since 1890 when his 75-year-old mother signed the abdication deed earlier on Tuesday after 33 years on the throne.

Huge crowds of orange-clad partygoers are in Amsterdam to pay tribute.

Now known as Princess Beatrix, the former queen maintained a recent Dutch tradition of monarch’s handing over power to a new generation.

Wearing the royal mantle, the new king swore to uphold the constitution at a colourful enthronement ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk, a decommissioned church, before a joint session of the Dutch parliament.

“I swear that I shall defend and preserve the independence and territory of the state with all my powers,” he said.

“That I shall protect the general and individual freedom and rights of all my subjects and shall use all available means granted to me by law for preserving and promoting general and individual prosperity as I befitting of a good king…. So help me God almighty.”

At the scene

image of Anna Holligan Anna Holligan BBC News, Amsterdam


A cascade of orange crowds congregated in Amsterdam’s historic Dam Square to witness what the Dutch are calling Willem-Alexander’s “date with destiny”.

Orange wigs, cardboard crowns and patriotic flags decorated the cobbled courtyard outside the New Church, where Willem-Alexander recited an affirmation, swearing to defend and preserve the independence of the nation.

At 46, he has become the youngest monarch in Europe. With a reduced political role in the Netherlands, the new king must fight to redefine his relevance in society.

Many young people on the streets of Amsterdam struggle to understand the purpose of the royal family – but they love celebrating Queen’s Day. And that is the challenge for King Willem-Alexander – to unite the people inwardly, represent them outwardly, and inspire then upwardly. The ambitious young monarch will certainly be encouraged by the cheers resonating around Dam Square today.

Crowds in the square outside cheered as the announcement of his inauguration was made from a balcony overlooking the square amid trumpet fanfare.

In the evening, the royal family will take part in a water pageant.

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  ‘Happy and grateful’

The queen had announced her intention to stand down in January, saying her son was ready to reign and that it was time for the throne to be held by “a new generation”.

She formally relinquished the throne at a short ceremony in the Royal Palace on Tuesday, signing a statement transferring the monarchy to her son “in accordance with the statutes and the constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands”.

There were huge cheers from the crowds outside in Dam Square, who were watching the ceremony on giant television screens, as she, her son and his wife Maxima – a 41-year-old Argentine-born investment banker – signed the deed of abdication.

Shortly afterwards, the three royals emerged on a balcony above the square.

The visibly emotional Princess Beatrix told the crowds: “I am happy and grateful to introduce to you your new king, Willem-Alexander.”

King Willem-Alexander thanked mother for “33 moving and interesting years”, saying he and the public and people in Dutch overseas territories were “intensely grateful” to her…

Modest crown

King Willem-Alexander has become not only the monarch of the Netherlands but also the Dutch Caribbean territories of Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. He holds several military titles but requested an honourable discharge before his accession.

Source:BBC

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