|Queen Beatrix signs the Abdication Deed and becomes Princess again|
|The King signs too.|
As soon as the Queen had signed this deed her son became King.
His signature is a kind of formality. His wife the Princess Maxima was the third one to sign and thereafter all members of parliament signed as witnesses of this ceremony.
|1Princess Beatrix announces to the people that her son is king now.|
Photo by Floris Looijesteijn
|2The royal family including the three children of Willem-Alexander and Maxima|
Photo by Floris Looijesteijn.
Queen Beatrix was the only ex queen at that moment.
All the royal foreign guests were crown-princes and their spouses. There was one exception: Crown-princess Victoria of Sweden. She came with her husband.
Photos 1 and 2 are taken by Floris Looijesteijn, as you see I thought they are a lot better than mine.
The square in front of the Palace in Amsterdam was packed with enthusiastic people, all of them wearing something orange. They could attend the whole ceremony which would happen in the New Church on large screens around the square.
|The New Church|
The Nieuwe Kerk , New Church is a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, located on Dam Square, next to the Royal Palace.
The Nieuwe Kerk is a burial site for Dutch naval heroes, including Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, Commodore Jan van Galen and Jan van Speyk. The poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel is also buried in the church.
|Prince Håkon and Mette Marit of Norway|
|Crown-prince of Japan and Princess Masako.|
|Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall|
|Taking the oath|