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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New Netherlands king takes over

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