New Netherlands king takes over

Willem-Alexander becomes king of the Netherlands as his mother Beatrix abdicates.

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Dutch Queen struck by 'overwhelming' sympathy

In a farewell speech made last night, Queen Beatrix said she had been struck by "overwhelming expressions of heartfelt sympathy" since she announced her decision to retire.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (C), Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Crown Princess Maxima Credit: Reuters

She added, "With the abdication of my role as monarch, I'm fulfilled foremost with feelings of deep gratitude. Without your heartwarming and encouraging signs of affection, the burdens - which certainly there have also been - would have weighed very heavily."

"Now that my eldest son is taking on this beautiful and responsible task tomorrow, it is my dearest wish that the new royal couple feels supported by your loving trust. I am convinced that Willem-Alexander will commit himself with faithful devotion to everything a good king is indebted to do."

Read: Dutch Queen hands 'responsibility of our country to next generation'

Gala dinner in honour of Queen Beatrix in Amsterdam

Last night a gala dinner in honour of Queen Beatrix took place at the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Among the guests were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (R) and his wife Crown Princess Maxima Credit: Reuters
Prince Charles (L) and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Gala Credit: Reuters
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (R), his wife Crown Princess Maxima and Queen Beatrix (C) of the Netherlands Credit: Reuters

Read: Queen Beatrix and the Dutch royal family

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Willem-Alexander to be crowned King of the Netherlands

Prince Willem-Alexander will become the Netherlands' first King in more than a century when he is crowned during today's ceremony.

Prince Willem Alexander at the Noordeine Palace in Den Haag, Holland in 2010 Credit: Arrow Press/EMPICS Entertainment

His mother Queen Beatrix announced she would abdicate earlier this year, after reigning for 33 years.

Queen Beatrix at the Noordeine Palace in Den Haag, Holland in 2010 Credit: Arrow Press/EMPICS Entertainment

Members of the Dutch Royal Family held a dinner last night in honour of Queen Beatrix at the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Today over 2,000 guests will attend the abdication and investiture at Nieuwe Kirk, in Amsterdam.

Read: The future King of the Netherlands: Prince Willem-Alexander

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