King Willem-Alexander becomes Europe's youngest monarch as Queen Beatrix abdicates Dutch throne
Queen Beatrix of Holland has handed over power to her eldest son Willem-Alexander.
In a lavish ceremony in Amsterdam, Beatrix signed abdication papers, making her Willem-Alexander the first Dutch king in more than 100 years.
The much-loved Queen Beatrix ended her 33-year reign in front of thousands of orange-clad patriotic Dutch well-wishers.
|The new Dutch king embraces his mother, Princess Beatrix, on the balcony of Amsterdam's Royal Palace. (Reuters)|
|Around a million people were expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP/PA)|
|The outgoing Queen Beatrix holds the hand of Queen Maxima, as the new King Willem-Alexander looks on.|
|King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and their three daughters wave to the huge Dutch crowd in Amsterdam. (Reuters)|
|Thousands thronged towards the Dam Square in Amsterdam to watch the abdication ceremony unfold. (PA)|
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