For the first time since the late 19th century, the Netherlands has a reigning king. On April 30, 2013, at the Neue Kerk in Amsterdam, Willem-Alexander, the forty-six-year old eldest son of the former Queen Beatrix, was inaugurated as King of the Netherlands in a glittering ceremony attended by numerous dignitaries and government officials, including members of various royal families. Princess Beatrix, who had abdicated earlier in the day, was present as her son, with an ermine mantle over his shoulders, formally assumed the throne. At his side was his wife, Queen Maxima, looking regal and elegant in a blue gown and tiara. Their daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane were likewise dressed in blue like their mother. Photos by Getty Images.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Following a tradition whereby her mother, Queen Juliana (in 1980), and grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina (in 1948), abdicated the throne, seventy-five-year old Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in favor of her eldest son and heir, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, after a 33-year reign. The historic event took place when Queen Beatrix signed the Act of Abdication in front of the Dutch Cabinet on April 30, 2013 in the Moseszaal at Amsterdam’s Royal Palace. For the first time in over 100 years, the Netherlands has a reigning king. Princess Beatrix, as the former queen is now known, later introduced her son to thousands of his new subjects during a balcony appearance, by saying, ‘I am happy and grateful to introduce to you your new king, Willem-Alexander.” The new King Willem-Alexander (46) and his Argentine-born wife, Queen Maxima (41), were joined on the balcony of the Royal Palace by their daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia (9), now first in line to the throne and Princess of Orange; Princess Alexia (7), and Princess Ariane (6). Many in the crowd wore orange in celebration of the Dutch royal house. Photos by Getty Images.
On the even of her abdication, a gala dinner was held in honor of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on April 29, 2013 at the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The event was attended by numerous dignitaries including Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his sister Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Prince Alois and Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei, Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, and Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal of Jordan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan. In a speech to the Dutch people, Queen Beatrix thanked them and said, “Without your heart-warming and encouraging displays of affection, the burdens, which certainly have existed, would have weighed heavily.” Photos by Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a peach dress and matching coat, visited the Naomi House Children’s Hospice as part of Children’s Hospice Week. Catherine met with staff and children and also had tea with over a dozen children. The visit took place on the second wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In celebration of the anniversary, the duchess was given a framed picture in felt and paper of the Hungry Caterpillar from the children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The picture was made by the children at Naomi House. Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.
With the impending abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013, here are some photographs of the queen through the years. Born in 1938, the eldest child of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard, Beatrix lived for a while in Britain and Canada, where her family was in exile during the Nazi occupation of her country in World War II. In 1966, she married a West German diplomat, Claus von Amsberg. The couple had three sons, the eldest of whom, Prince Willem-Alexander, succeeds his mother upon her abdication. Photos by Corbis.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, visited Leavesden, Hertfordshire on April 26, 2013, where the trio officially opened the Warner Bros. studios where the Harry Potter movies were made. Catherine, who is six months pregnant, wore a black and white polka-dot dress and black jacket for the event. The royal trio were shown costumes, models, and props that were used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies. They also saw vehicles used in the Dark Knight Batman trilogy, including the Batpod and the Tumbler. Prince William took a go at trying out the Batpod while his wife and brother watched in amusement. William gave his verdict on the Batpod, saying “It’s awesome, absolutely incredible.” Harry then put his fingers beside his head and said to William, “You need the ears.” Some 500 children and their parents who have an association with charities that are patronized by William, Catherine, and Harry, were also present. Photos by Bauer Griffin, PacificCoastNews and Getty Images.
Continuing a busy week of official engagements, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at The National Portrait Gallery in London to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity. Catherine, who is due to give birth in July, looked elegant in a light-blue knee-length cocktail dress by one of her favorite designers, Emilia Wickstead. The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of both The Art Room and The National Portrait Gallery and said, “I always love coming to the National Portrait Gallery so to be here tonight for an evening to celebrate The Art Room makes it feel incredibly special.” In her speech before a crowd of supporters, schoolchildren, and artists, the duchess also said, “As patron of The Art Room, I feel immense pride to see the amazing work that they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped.” Photos by PacificCoastNews and Getty Images.