Inauguration of Willem-Alexander
The former queen and the new royal couple on the balcony of the royal palace
|Date||30 April 2013|
The inauguration of Willem-Alexander as the new monarch of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took place on 30 April 2013. Queen Beatrix announced on 28 January 2013 that she would abdicate in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. He is the first King of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather King William III in 1890.
Abdication of Queen Beatrix
On 28 January 2013, three days before her 75th birthday, Queen Beatrix announced on a televised speech that she would abdicate, ending a reign of 33 years. Abdication is not uncommon in Dutch royalty. Both Queen Juliana, her mother, and Queen Wilhelmina, her grandmother, have abdicated.
On 30 April 2013 at 10:07 AM, Queen Beatrix signed the Instrument of Abdication, making Willem-Alexander the monarch even before the investiture.
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- Toespraak van Zijne Majesteit Koning Willem-Alexander (Dutch). koninklijkhuis.nl. Speech and oath given by Willem-Alexander at the enthronement ceremony