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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Netherlands Celebrates Its New King


The rather reserved queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has handed over her crown to her son Willem-Alexander. He's somewhat closer to the people, and people across the country are celebrating their new king.
 
When Beatrix became queen in 1980, the ceremony was marred by violent demonstrations of squatters and anarchists. During the celebration in the "New Church," Beatrix, who took over on the throne from her mother Juliana, was able to hear the anti-royalist protests outside. 
This time, the installation of the monarch has been somewhat more peaceful and jolly. About one million Dutch and foreign tourists are celebrating in Amsterdam. Everywhere in the country special parties are being held for the occasion, and almost every Dutchman and woman is sporting at last one piece of clothing in the national color, orange.

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