In pictures: The abdication ceremony in Holland

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands prepares to sign an act of abdication. Credit: Reuters
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander holds the hand of his mother Queen Beatrix during an abdication ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Queen Beatrix passes the act of abdication to her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, sitting next to his wife Crown Princess Maxima. Credit: Reuters

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New Netherlands king takes over

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