THE INAUGURATION IN AMSTERDAM OF KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER OF THE NETHERLANDS

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.

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Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark

Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark

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The Argentinian-born Queen Maxima applauds her husband, King Willem-Alexander.

The Argentinian-born Queen Maxima applauds her husband, King Willem-Alexander.

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A past queen and a future queen of the Netherlands.  Princess Beatrix and her granddaughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia.

A past queen and a future queen of the Netherlands. Princess Beatrix and her granddaughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia.

Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband, Prince Daniel

Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband, Prince Daniel

Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

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Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, waves.  Flanking her are her sisters Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia.

Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, waves.  Flanking her are her sisters Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

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Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg

Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg

Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

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