The Dutch Abdication

      
  New Zealand Contributor
Posted: 30 April 2013 8:45 am

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The Queen of the Netherlands is to abdicate at 10 am local time today (9am UK time), HotMonarchy covers the details live today. Queen Beatrix will be immediately succeeded by her son Prince Willem-Alexander. Click here to see schedule for today’s events.

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The Royal Family has just left the balcony drawing the abdication and succession to a close. In a few hours the investiture of King Willem-Alexander will take place

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The Royal Family looks happy and relaxed on the balcony

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The king and queen’s daughters have accompanied the king and queen on the balcony

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The king, queen and princess are all singing along.

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The national anthem is now playing

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King Willem-Alexander has also given a short speech thanking his mother for her service to the crown and country

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Princess Beatrix has given a short speech

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Princess Beatrix has led King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to the balcony

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The doors are opening!

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Expecting the new king and queen to appear on the balcony at any moment

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The BBC has a (lower-quality) English stream of the events today http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22348160

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is currently 75; she was born on the 31st of January 1938.

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King Willem-Alexander is currently 46 and was born on the 27th of April 1967. His wife, Queen Máxima is 41 and was born on the 17th of May 1971.

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The moment Queen Beatrix abdicated

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The flag above the palace has been changed from Queen Beatrix’s to King Willem-Alexander’s

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Soon, the new King and Queen and Princess Beatrix will appear on the balcony

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were married on the 2nd of February 2002.

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The witnesses have signed now signed the document. It is completely official

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Princess Catharina-Amalia has become the heir apparent to the Dutch throne and will assume the title Princess of Orange

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Before Queen Beatrix her mother Queen Juliana reigned. She reigned from the 4th of September 1948 until her own abdication on the 30th of April 1980.

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Witnesses to the abdication are now signing the document

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A very emotional moment

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Long live King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima!

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Prince Willem-Alexander has signed the document. He and Princess Máxima are now king and queen

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The Queen has signed the instrument of abdication. She is no longer queen.

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The Director of The Queen’s Office is now reading aloud the instrument of abdication

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A picture via the YouTube live stream of Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima

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The room contains members of the Royal Family and the government. They are now taking their seats

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Queen Beatrix has just entered the room where she will sign the abdication papers accompanied by Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima and other members of the Royal Family.

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You can watch the day’s events unfold live on YouTube with us here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pJ5uxO4yB-w

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If you have spotted this symbol and were wondering what it was, it is the Royal Monogram of the soon-to-be-king Prince Willem-Alexander

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It is coming up to 10am when The Queen will sign paperwork which will officially bring her reign to an end

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Queen Beatrix has been on the throne since this day (30th April) 1980 making her reign exactly 33 years.

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Crowds are lining the streets around the Royal Palace of Amsterdam

(Image via NOS livestream [YouTube])

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Welcome to Royal Central’s live blog for the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

At around 10am local time The Queen will give her ascent by means of signature to the instrument of abdication at which point Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima will assume the throne as king and queen.

At around 10:30 local time the new King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, accompanied by Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace.