Meet Koning Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand and his beautiful wife Koningin Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti. On 30 April 2013, Queen Beatrix signed the Instrument of Abdication, making Willem-Alexander the monarch of The Netherlands.
Dutch news channel NOS showed a live stream of the whole day filmed for the Dutch people all around the world. Queen Beatrix reigned from 1980 until 2013 and abdicated announcing it on a TV broadcast stating that it was time to “place the responsibility for the country in the hands of a new generation“.
As with all huge Dutch events the country turned ‘Oranje’ and everyone got excited me very much included!
Being British and being rather used to the pomp and ceremony of the Royalty and Politics I was interested to see just how the Dutch do it. After all this will be their first King for a very long time!
After just 33 years on the throne things are very different to this country. The day was full of emotional clips and shots, watching the abdication of Beatrix being signed and then seeing the full pageantry of all of the international royals gather to watch Willem-Alexander become Koning Willem-Alexander. I watched with a tear in my eye as did many others. Their attitude and lifestyle is more laid back than I could have ever imagined. There seems very little threat to their Royal Family and everyone seems more personable and in touch with real people.
Watching it from England did make me feel like part of the party and it was lovely. The “best bits” where shown on news channels and stations all over the world because this was something very rarely done. It was the first coronation I have ever seen!
There 3 Children are now the future of The Netherlands with Princess of Orange (middle) Catharina-Amalia. I do love that term on endearment. Oranje is their national colour and its so sweet that they call the heir to the throne Prince/Princess of Orange. There probably is a meaning for that I’m just not sure what it is.