The big day we have been anticipating is there: our Queen Beatrix will pass her throne to the Prince of Orange. Certainly, the ceremony of the abdication and the installation of the new king with all the festivities have been planned in full detail. Let’s see what’s on the menu for April 30th.
Queen Beatrix signs the official abdication document at the Royal Palace on Dam Square, Amsterdam. After the signature, Prince Willem-Alexander will be King of the Netherlands. Princess Beatrix and the King will appear before the public on the balcony of the palace for a short speech. Subsequently the new Queen Maxima and her daughters Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane will join them.
14:00 Administration of Oath
The inauguration of His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima will tale place at de Nieuwe Kerk. The King will swear the royal oath to protect his people and the constitution of the Netherlands. He will also receive the imperial regalia containing the crown, the scepter and the orb, as well as the royal sword and buckler. Then, the ministers of the Dutch parliament and the heads of the states Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten will swear their loyalty to the new King. After the ceremony the the royal family will return to the palace for a private reception.
19:45 Royal Boat Parade
The National Committee for the Queen’s Day celebrations has composed a song for the King. It will be performed in the presence of the King and Queen at 19:30 at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands via a video link with Ahoy Rotterdam. After that the royal couple is expected to set for a boat parade along the river IJ. During the parade there will be public entertainment provided by Dutch musicians, actors and athletes.
21:15 King’s Ball
In the evening the celebrations will continue at Amsterdam Museumsplein with the King’s Ball for 50.000 to 70.000 guests. The celebrations are expected to continue until 23:00.
Are you coming?
Will you be there to watch the whole spectacle? Awesome, but be aware that you are visiting on of the busiest days in Amsterdam. It is likely that Dam Square will reach capacity. Catching the action at Museumplein or one of the other large screens around the city is also a great option.
Please keep me posted with all your experiences and photos. For those of you who can’t be here, I will do a LIVE Social Media report during the whole day. So keep an eye on @MeetMrHolland on Twitter and /MeetMrHolland on Facebook.