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.
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."
Colourful celebrations have taken over the streets of Amsterdam as Queen Beatrix abdicated after 33 years.
As Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands ends her 33-year reign and abdicates in favour of her son a look at the monarchies of Europe.