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Abdication of Queen Beatrix

Investiture of King Willem-Alexander

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands' eldest son Prince Willem-Alexander will succeed her to the throne. On 28 January 2013 Her Majesty announced her abdication to take place on the 30 April 2013 - exactly 33 years after she inherited the throne from her mother Queen Juliana.


On that day, Her Majesty formally relinquishes the throne in a constitutional procedure in Amsterdam's Royal Palace. In the following investiture ceremony the Prince of Orange will become King of the Netherlands under constitutional law. Afterwards, the newly invested King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former Queen, will give a short address from the balcony of the Royal Palace.


epa provides comprehensive photo coverage of the Abdication of Queen Beatrix and the Royal Investiture of King Willem-Alexander. Our photographers on site offer a detailed report of the event, including the preparations for the festivities, the procession route through Amsterdam, the investiture ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the festivities as well as spectators and celebrating royalists.


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