In her final act as Queen, today April 30, HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signed the deed of abdication in the Royal Palace. The document was then signed by the new King, HM King Willem-Alexander and his wife, HM Queen Maxima. At that moment the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which includes the Dutch overseas territories of Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten, had their first King in over 120 years. As the document was signed, video was broadcast throughout the country and cheers could be heard as each signature was applied to the document. Following the formal abdication, just as her mother Juliana did, the now Princess Beatrix reached out and squeezed her son’s hand. King Willem-Alexander, moments later, showed the same kindness to his wife and squeezed her hand.
Shortly after the signing the three emerged on the balcony above Dam Square together. A visibly emotional Princess Beatrix said to the crowd: “I am happy and grateful to introduce you your new king, Willem-Alexander.” After the crowd let out a huge cheer, King Willem-Alexander thanked his mother for “33 moving and interesting years” and thanked the public for all of their support. As they waved and Princess Beatrix’s emotions were continued to be visible a tender moment was seen as Queen Maxima held her hand. Following the public remarks and a playing of the national anthem, the Princess retreated to the royal palace and the new King and Queen were joined on the balcony by the new TRH Princess Catharina-Amalia, now the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariana.
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