Newly inaugurated King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima have appeared on the royal palace”s balcony to greet their eagerly awaiting public. Dressed in a smart black suit with a grey waistcoat and tie, Willem-Alexander appeared to his people for the first time as their monarch. By his side was Queen consort Maxima, who waved to the thousands of well-wishers.
With tears in her eyes an emotional Princess Beatrix, who reigned for 33 years, then gave a brief address.
“Today I leave room for a new generation,” said Beatrix. “My son now assumes responsibility for this new role.”
The Netherlands” new king then spoke as the crowd cheered and applauded. As her son spoke, an Beatrix held hands with daughter-in-law Maxima for support.
Eagerly waiting to see their new king and queen, the crowds assembled in Dam Square, decked out in the country”s national colour, orange. From crowns and hats to garlands and banners the host of supporters cheered as the royals stepped onto the balcony which was decked in fruit, flowers and foliage.
Many of the supporters we overcome with emotion, crying as they welcomed the first king of The Netherlands for 120 years.
A rousing band then began to play the Dutch national anthem as the royal trio sang, all holding hands.
Once the anthem has finished, Princess Beatrix retreated inside the palace, making way her for her three granddaughters, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane and Princess Amalia who were dressed in adorable matching yellow outfits.
Making her first balcony appearance as first in line to the Dutch throne, Amalia, 9, enthusastically waved to the people she will one day rule. As she did, King Willem-Alexander supportively kissed his daughter on the head.