Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New king of Netherlands : Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, his mother Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, center, and wife Queen Maxima greet the crowd of Dam Square from the balcony of the Royal Palace Amsterdam, following the official abdication of Queen Beatrix Tuesday


Holland last had a king in 1890


Holland got its first new king in over 100 years on Tuesday as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in favor her son, Willem-Alexander.
After 33 years on the throne, Queen Beatrix, 75, formally stood down from the throne at a brief 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 46. He is the first Dutch king since 1890 and the death of Willem III.