Inauguration of Willem-Alexander

inauguration of Willem-Alexander

The former queen and the new royal couple on the balcony of the royal palace
Date 30 April 2013 (2013-04-30)
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

Guest list

Notable guests include:[1]



  1. "Dutch abdication: guest list for Willem-Alexander's investiture". Associated Press. 30 Apr 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2015.

Coordinates: 52°22′26″N 4°53′30″E / 52.3739°N 4.8918°E / 52.3739; 4.8918

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