4:30 am, Tue 30 Apr 2013 New Netherlands king takes over
Amsterdam prepares for the crowning of a new King
The city of Amsterdam is preparing for the swearing in of a new King today, as
Queen Beatrix will officially abdicate from the throne.
the Queen thanked the Dutch people in a final address before her abdication and urged them to support her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.
Women look at t-shirts portraying Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam
A man leaves a shop selling t-shirts of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam
Read: Queen passes 'beautiful task' to Prince Willem-Alexander
3:21 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Hijack alert sparked by 'communication problem'
A Vueling spokesman said there was no hijacking of a plane at Schiphol Airport, and blamed the incident on a communication problem between the pilot and control tower.
The Vueling plane was parked at a remote corner of Schiphol, away from the main terminal, surrounded by security personnel and several ambulances.
2:32 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 'WWII bomb' closes airport
WW II bomb will be 'transported' before being defused
A notice on
Schiphol airport's website says:
"During construction works this morning around the C-pier an airplane bomb from World War II was found. In the coming hours the bomb disposal unit will transport the bomb to an area outside of the airport facility and will attempt to defuse the bomb there.
"For the time being passengers should expect cancellations and delays."
2:16 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Dutch police confirm Schiphol plane was not hijacked
Dutch police have confirmed that the Schiphol plane was not hijacked and that there was a mis-communication, according to Dutch news agency ANP.
Confusion over a possible hijacking arose because there was no radio contact, ANP reported citing the police.
2:10 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Police board 'hijacked' plane in Schiphol
Schiphol airport says police have boarded the plane to search the aircraft.
2:07 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Security forces 'taking no risks' over Schipol 'hostage' plane
Michiel Hartzuikerfrom Dutch news agency NOS told ITV News that security forces were, "taking no risks" in their response after a plane landed in Schipol airport amid reports that there were hostages aboard.
1:42 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Vueling: Hijacking reports result of a miscommunication
A spokesperson for the low-cost Spanish airline Vueling, thought to own the 'hostage' plane, said that reports of a hijacking are due to miscommunication between the pilots and the control tower.
1:33 pm, Wed 29 Aug 2012 Security alert at Dutch airport
Security forces surround 'hostage' plane
Dutch military police say the plane has been surrounded by security forces and that passengers are still on board.