Inauguration of Willem-Alexander

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inauguration of King Willem-Alexander
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on the inauguration 2013.jpg
King Willem-Alexander in route to his inauguration
Date30 April 2013 (2013-04-30)
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands

The inauguration of Willem-Alexander took place on 30 April 2013 at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Willem-Alexander ascended the throne immediately following the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix earlier that day. Willem-Alexander is the first King of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather William III in 1890.


Following a reign of 33 years, following the abdication of her mother Juliana of the Netherlands in 1980, Beatrix; in a televised speech to the nation, announced her intent to abdication the throne in favor of her eldest child, Willem-Alexander. Following a tradition set forth by her mother and grandmother Wilhelmina of the Netherlands


Instrument of Abdication
Willem-Alexander and Beatrix, balcony of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam

the abdication ceremony took place in the Mozeszaal of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. following a speech, Beatrix signed the Instrument of Abdication, effectively making Willem-Alexander; King. The instrument of Abdication was then signed by Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and all present:

following a speech by the latter, the new Royal standard was raised above the royal palace.



En route from the Royal Palace to the Nieuwe Kerk, the king was led by officer of arms, king of arms and fellows carrying the Charter and Constitution; these were placed on the credence table in the front of the throne. these tasks were carried out by people who greatly contributed to the nation.

Leading these were the Sword of state that represents the King's authority; carried by then Chief of Defence Tom Middendorp, the gonfalon of state, a white banner bearing the 1815 coat of arms of the netherlands symbolizing the nation;carried by the Inspector-General of the Dutch Armed Forces, general Tom van Ede. Following the royal couple's arrival at the Nieuwe Kerk, the royal couple are then escorted by selected members of the States-general to their seats.


Family of King Willem-Alexander[edit]

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the inauguration of Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands took place during a special session of the States General of the Netherlands in the Nieuwe Kerk. During the inauguration ceremony, Willem-Alexander took his oath of office and swore to uphold the Charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Constitution of the Netherlands. following Willem-Alexander' swearing in, swore the members of the States General, to uphold the king to his oath.


  1. ^ "Dutch abdication: guest list for Willem-Alexander's investiture". Associated Press. 30 Apr 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 52°22′26″N 4°53′30″E / 52.3739°N 4.8918°E / 52.3739; 4.8918