The Netherlands gets a new king: Willem-Alexander is Europe’s youngest monarch

April 30, 2013

So, who got up at 4 a.m. Tuesday to watch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand becomes the first Dutch king since 1890?


Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (R) and his wife Crown Princess Maxima arrive at a gala dinner organised on the eve of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the investiture of her son. (Robin Utrecht/Pool/Reuters)

Not too many? Thought not. The investiture in Holland barely registered in the news over here, so there weren’t too many live viewing parties. “America doesn’t really know what to do with kings,” said Shanti de Jongh of DC Dutch, a social group of Dutch expats.

Visitors garther in front of the Royal Palace at the Dam Square on the eve of the upcoming investiture of the country's new King, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 29 April 2013 evening. Dutch Queen Beatrix, who ruled the Netherlands for 33 years, announced on 28 January 2013 her abdication from the throne in favor of her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander. Dutch Queen Beatrix assumed the throne on 30 April 1980, after her mother Juliana abdicated. EPA/BAS CZERWINSKI
Visitors gathered in front of the Royal Palace on Monday night. (Bas Czerwinski/EPA)

The embassy in Washington, decorated with 5,000 flowers flown in for the occasion, is hosting several receptions and dinners. (Related: For Dutch investiture celebration in Washington, orange is the color) More than 700 Dutch-Americans are expected at Tuesday night’s sold-out watch party on tape delay: Queen Beatrix formally stepping down after 33 years to make way for her son — at 46, he’s now king of the Netherlands, Curacao, Aruba and Saint Maarten and the youngest monarch in Europe. At his side: Argentine wife Princess Maxima, and three young daughters; the oldest, nine-year-old Catharina-Amalia, is first in line to succeed him.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 29: A general view as Amsterdam prepares for the Inauguration Of King Willem Alexander on April 29, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Amsterdam prepares for their new king . (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Update, 9 a.m.: On Tuesday morning, Beatrix signed abdication documents in a nationally-televised ceremony, Willem-Alexander by her side; hours later, the son, wearing a regal fur mantle, took an oath of allegiance in Amsterdam’s historic New Church. From the Associated Press:

Beatrix looked close to tears as she then appeared on a balcony decked out with tulips, roses and oranges, overlooking 25,000 of her subjects.

“I am happy and grateful to introduce to you your new king, Willem-Alexander,” she told the cheering crowd, which chanted: “Bea bedankt” (“Thanks Bea.”)

Moments later, in a striking symbol of the generational shift, she left the balcony and King Willem-Alexander, his wife and three daughters – the children in matching yellow dresses and headbands – waved to the crowd.

(More: Generational change in Dutch royalty as queen abdicates and is replaced by son as king)

Speaking of succession, the guest list is peppered with royal heirs-in-waiting: Britian’s Prince Charles, Denmark’s Prince Frederick, Sweden’s Princess Victoria, Spain’s Prince Felipe, Japan’s Prince Naruhito and many more uncrowned heads. Good things (eventually) come to those who wait. And wait. And wait. . .

More Reliable Source: Jason Aldean; Rocky; Katy Perry; MSNBC after-party; Buzzfeed party

SECTION: {section=lifestyle, subsection=null}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: !!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Comments
SECTION: {section=lifestyle, subsection=null}!!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

UGC FROM ARTICLE: !!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, includesorts=true, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, childrenitemsperpage=3, includeheader=true, includeverifiedcommenters=true, defaulttab=all, includerecommend=true, includereport=true, maxitemstop=2, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!
Show Comments
Next Story
Michael Livingston · April 29, 2013