Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 30 2013
After 33 years as monarch of the Netherlands, HM. Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne and her son Willem-Alexander became the new King. Following the abdication, now Princess Beatrix came on the balcony of the Royal Palace together with the new King Willem-Alexander and his wife now queen Máxima. A little later, also the princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane joined their parents on the balcony, to wave at the crowd.
All over the country, celebrations took place to celebrate the new King. Especially in Amsterdam, where in the afternoon the official Investiture of the new King took place, and later in the evening the Royal boat ride on the River IJ, there was huge feast everywhere More of my photo's of this historic event can be seen on DEMOTIX: Abdication of Queen Beatrix and inauguration of King Willem AlexanderPeople celebrate the inauguration of King Willem-AlexanderFestivities on the River IJ to celebrate King Willem-Alexander
Amsterdam prepares for royal celebrations on Queens Day
Amsterdam prepares for investiture of Willem-Alexander as King
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