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Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 28, 2013, 12:51:01 PM
HM Queen Beatrix tonight has announced her Abdication on April 30th,Queensday.

We all here understand her,but still regret to see her go,she did/does a formidable job.

HRH The Prince of Orange will be Enthroned at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,the venue as stated in the Constitution,
he and his spouse will be known as TM King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

God Bless Them.
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on January 28, 2013, 01:01:15 PM

God Bless Them.

.......As well as their present and future people/s.              Kind regards,   AP.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 28, 2013, 03:54:38 PM

HM Queen Beatrix tonight has announced her Abdication on April 30th,Queensday.

We all here understand her,but still regret to see her go,she did/does a formidable job.

HRH The Prince of Orange will be Enthroned at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,the venue as stated in the Constitution,
he and his spouse will be known as HM King Willem IV Alexander and Queen Máxima.

God Bless Them.


Thank you Aleksandr Pavlovich!

HM Queen Beatrix over time

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=28-01-2013%20Retro


The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima will be known as TM King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Queensday will cease to exist,instead we will have Kingsday as of 2014 on the birthday of then King Willem Alexander,April 27th.

For the time being Their future Majesties will remain in residence at the Villa Eikenhorst,but will eventually move into Huis ten Bosch Palace
where HM Queen Beatrix holds residence at present until after the Abdication as she then will move to her own private castle of Drakensteyn.
Huis ten Bosch Palce will be immediatly used for official functions.

From the moment of the signing of the Abdication,not only will Alexander be King,but his eldest child and daughter
Princess Catharina-Amalia will be known as HRH The Princess of Orange,a title for the Heir to the Throne only.

HM Queen Beatrix will be known again as HRH Princess Beatrix,as is custom here.

TM will tour all 12 Provinces as well as the Dutch Caribbean countries Curacao,Aruba and St.Maarten as well as the
Municipalities of Bonaire,Saba and Eustatia within their first year as Royal couple.

Dresscode for the Inthronisation:

King Willem-Alexander in white tie with Coronation Robe,Queen Máxima "long robes and diademe".

HRH The Prince of Orange has resigned as a Member of the International Olympic Committee and most
of his other functions as his position as Monarch does not allow to hold them any longer.


A commemorative banner was designed:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=29-01-2013%20Vlag

All hotels in Amsterdam are already booked for the 20th and 30th of april.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1399007

All papers here today were extremely positive of the Queens Reign,very much so!!
So deserved!!

Even in Parliament today all agreed HM did a splendid job and there is huge respect and ,well,love throughout.
We've all expected it for years that this woud happen one time,but now it did,it came as a sort of shock
still.But everybody here,really all,so wish for her to have a great time and do what and if she pleases,
her work as an artist f.e.,her being a grandmother of 8 grandchildren,if nothing else then they will keep
her busy


Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Suzanne on January 28, 2013, 08:44:46 PM
Queen Beatrix's abdication is part of a tradition in The Netherlands dating from the reign of her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina

http://www.royalhistorian.com/queen-beatrix-of-the-netherlands-to-abdicate-on-april-30-2013/
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 29, 2013, 10:43:04 AM

HM Queen Beatrix tonight has announced her Abdication on April 30th,Queensday.

We all here understand her,but still regret to see her go,she did/does a formidable job.

HRH The Prince of Orange will be Enthroned at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,the venue as stated in the Constitution,
he and his spouse will be known as HM King Willem IV Alexander and Queen Máxima.

God Bless Them.

HM Queen Beatrix over time

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=28-01-2013%20Retro


The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima will be known as TM King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Queensday will cease to exist,instead we will have Kingsday as of 2014 on the birthday of then King Willem Alexander,April 27th.

For the time being Their future Majesties will remain in residence at the Villa Eikenhorst,but will eventually move into Huis ten Bosch Palace
where HM Queen Beatrix holds residence at present until after the Abdication as she then will move to her own private castle of Drakensteyn.
Huis ten Bosch Palce will be immediatly used for official functions.

From the moment of the signing of the Abdication,not only will Alexander be King,but his eldest child and daughter
Princess Catharina-Amalia will be known as HRH The Princess of Orange,a title for the Heir to the Throne only.

HM Queen Beatrix will be known again as HRH Princess Beatrix,as is custom here.

TM will tour all 12 Provinces as well as the Dutch Caribbean countries Curacao,Aruba and St.Maarten as well as the
Municipalities of Bonaire,Saba and Eustatia within their first year as Royal couple.

Dresscode for the Inthronisation:

King Willem-Alexander in white tie with Coronation Robe,Queen Máxima "long robes and diademe".

HRH The Prince of Orange has resigned as a Member of the International Olympic Committee and most
of his other functions as his position as Monarch does not allow to hold them any longer.


A commemorative banner was designed:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=29-01-2013%20Vlag

All hotels in Amsterdam are already booked for the 20th and 30th of april.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1399007

All papers here today were extremely positive of the Queens Reign,very much so!!
So deserved!!

Even in Parliament today all agreed HM did a splendid job and there is huge respect and ,well,love throughout.
We've all expected it for years that this woud happen one time,but now it did,it came as a sort of shock
still.But everybody here,really all,so wish for her to have a great time and do what and if she pleases,
her work as an artist f.e.,her being a grandmother of 8 grandchildren,if nothing else then they will keep
her busy

http://www.anpfoto.nl/breaking/event.pp?eventid=1398012&flush=1

courtesy ANP
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 30, 2013, 04:20:27 AM
http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/

More information on preparations on the forthcoming Abdication & Enthronement
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: THERRY on January 30, 2013, 05:34:50 AM
Many Thanks Lucien for all these links. I am a fan of the Dutch monarchy and I adore Maxima and Wilhelm
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 30, 2013, 11:48:01 AM
Many Thanks Lucien for all these links. I am a fan of the Dutch monarchy and I adore Maxima and Wilhelm

Merci Thierry!Máxima and Willem are widely respected and loved here as well.

Some more on preparations and floorplans etc..

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-01-2013%20Koninklijk

courtesy PPE
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Kalafrana on January 31, 2013, 07:35:58 AM
The Dutch royal family rarely makes the news over here (most recently in connection with Prince Friso's accident), but what we do see shows sensible and hard-working people who are devoted to public service.

Coming from a country whose monarchs don't abdicate, I am a bit in two minds about Queen Beatrix abdicating, but it is clearly in accordance with established practice in the Netherlands, and I hope she enjoys many more healthy years and the new King Willem Alexander has a long and properous reign.

Ann
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on January 31, 2013, 07:41:08 AM
More information on the preparations and the National Investiture Committee :

http://www.government.nl/news/2013/01/29/abdication-and-investiture-in-amsterdam.html

Plus press announcements,in German for our friends in the east:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/deutsch/pressemitteilungen

and

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/



Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: CHRISinUSA on February 05, 2013, 11:41:25 AM
According to an announcement from the Royal Court, The new King and Queen will initially continue to live at Eikenhorst, before moving to Huis ten Bosch Palace once the Queen (then Princess) moves out to her new home, Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche.

Prior to this announcement, I'd never heard of Drakensteyn Castle before.  I did manage to find a Wikipedia article online about it, and learned that Queen Beatrix acquired the castle in 1959 and had it renovated, then lived there with her husband, Prince Claus, and her three sons from 1963 until their move in 1981 to Huis ten Bosch Palace.  It looks like a quaint property, but seems quite small as home to a former monarch.  Does anyone have any other information or pictures of this property?

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 06, 2013, 04:24:43 AM
According to an announcement from the Royal Court, The new King and Queen will initially continue to live at Eikenhorst, before moving to Huis ten Bosch Palace once the Queen (then Princess) moves out to her new home, Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche.

Prior to this announcement, I'd never heard of Drakensteyn Castle before.  I did manage to find a Wikipedia article online about it, and learned that Queen Beatrix acquired the castle in 1959 and had it renovated, then lived there with her husband, Prince Claus, and her three sons from 1963 until their move in 1981 to Huis ten Bosch Palace.  It looks like a quaint property, but seems quite small as home to a former monarch.  Does anyone have any other information or pictures of this property?



Oh but ofcourse.And Drakensteyn is a wellknown name in The Netherlands always referring to the Queen,or soon to be Princess again.
The time the family of Princess,and later Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus spend at Drakensteyn is always recalled by each as the happyest time.

There's this wonderfull link,in spanish...But polyglots as we all are ...grin..:

http://residenciashistoricas.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/castillo-de-drakensteyn.html

It really is a lovely place,and big enough for one.It has undergone extensive renovation works,the castle as well as the grounds
in recent years,and it has always been known that HM after an Abdication would move back to Drakensteyn,her sole private possession,
acquired when in her late teens she wished a home of her own,and since known to all Dutch.What special requirements does a home of
a former Monarch need?A roof and a bed..c'est ca...and some exquisite comfort...grin...And absolute privacy !

Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: CHRISinUSA on February 06, 2013, 07:30:59 AM
Thank you Lucien for the information and the link to that website with such wonderful photos of the castle.  I agree it is lovely, and seems larger and more comfortable from the inside than it appeared in photos from the outside.   

For one person it is more than adequate, but I suppose my observation of its modest size is because I automatically wonder what size of household the future Princess Beatrix will maintain in her retirement.  I assume she will still have private secretaries and other support staff to organize her schedule and administer her affairs,  a security detail to guard her, and some amount of domestic staff (cook, housekeeper, driver, gardeners, etc.).  Not to mention, family / friends and official guests visiting her throughout the year. 
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2013, 09:17:01 AM
Just the place! Lovely grounds, and a pleasant interior.

I for one am wishing the new King a long and happy reign, and his mother a long and happy retirement.

Ann
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: historyfan on February 06, 2013, 09:27:12 AM

I for one am wishing the new King a long and happy reign, and his mother a long and happy retirement.

Ann

I second that!
Title: Abdication & Enthronement on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 06, 2013, 12:40:10 PM
Thank you Lucien for the information and the link to that website with such wonderful photos of the castle.  I agree it is lovely, and seems larger and more comfortable from the inside than it appeared in photos from the outside.  

For one person it is more than adequate, but I suppose my observation of its modest size is because I automatically wonder what size of household the future Princess Beatrix will maintain in her retirement.  I assume she will still have private secretaries and other support staff to organize her schedule and administer her affairs,  a security detail to guard her, and some amount of domestic staff (cook, housekeeper, driver, gardeners, etc.).  Not to mention, family / friends and official guests visiting her throughout the year.  

Sure Chris,there's room for all that & them provided within the castle itself and the two buildings
to the left and the right of the cour you see on the photos. :)
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 06, 2013, 12:42:55 PM
The Dutch Royal Mint issued a new two euro coin today with the profiles of Queen Beatrix and the future King Willem Alexander.

http://www.knm.nl/

As it was confirmed today,the Dutch Royal Barge will be in use on april 30th.

The Barge,commisioned by King Willem I and build between 1816 and 1819
was last used by Queen Juliana during her Silver Wedding festivities in 1962.
It now is on view at the Maritime Museum,Amsterdam and recently...last week..
the museum received 1 million euro by a lottery here to restore the Royal Barge.

http://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.nl/

http://www.aviewoncities.com/amsterdam/scheepvaartmuseum.htm

scroll down please. :)

And more memorabilia,in Delft Blue:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=08-02-2013%20Delft

and:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=09-02-2013%20Commemorative

courtesy PPE





Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 13, 2013, 04:35:01 AM
Update on the outline of Abdication and Investiture programme.

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/


Pretty much the same schedule as on april 30th 1980.

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 15, 2013, 03:15:47 AM
Update on the outline of Abdication and Investiture programme.

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/


Pretty much the same schedule as on april 30th 1980.



Some more info:

http://www.iamsterdam.com/en-GB/experience/City%20of%20Amsterdam/queen%20beatrix%20abdication

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on February 17, 2013, 08:37:49 AM

Outlines for the program of the Abdication and Enthronement, tuesday april 30th:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/



Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on March 20, 2013, 01:06:33 AM
HM Queen Beatrix will host a gala dinner at the Rijksmuseum on the evening of april 29th for the foreign Royal guests
and representatives of other missions attending the Inthronisation of her son,King Willem Alexander on april 30th.

Meanwhile more and more Enthronement paraphernalia appears:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=28-03-2013%20Leerdam

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=18-03-2013%20Badge

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=20-03-2013%20Inhuldiging

Title: Abdication & Enthronement on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 04, 2013, 02:43:42 AM
Update on events in regard of the Abdication & Enthronement:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/

The Swedish Royal Court confirmed the presence of TRH Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
but most if not all Heirs and some spares are expected to attend,and their spouses.

Meanwhile more and more paraphernalia sees the light of day:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=03-04-2013%20Badge

courtesy ppe




Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 04, 2013, 07:49:07 AM
Thamks for the update on the events of the day.

Any British royals expected to attend?
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 05, 2013, 03:32:20 AM
Thamks for the update on the events of the day.

Any British royals expected to attend?

Welcome Jen!Yes ofcourse and last time,in 1980,Charles was in attendance.As an Heir...he is most likely to
be in attendance again and this time with his Duchess.But we''ll know for sure the
weekend before as that will be when our Royal House will publish the guestlist.But for now we'll
have to see who of them pops up.Invitations have been send a while ago and allthough one can
see engagements planned prior to the 30th of april,it's easy to switch.
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 05, 2013, 05:06:35 AM
Ah okay, thanks for that. Charles attending makes sense, likely Camilla will be with him too. I'm excited to see the guest list for this!
Title: Abdication & Enthronement
Post by: Lucien on April 05, 2013, 09:44:30 PM
Meanwhile paraphernalia pops-up on a daily basis,this is the latest:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=05-04-2013%20JBS

Courtesy PPE & Janneke Brinkman

And Dutch coffee brand Douwe Egberts has turned the colour of the packages from red into orange:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1486662

While the National Glas Museum at Leerdam initiated an exhibition of a line of orange vases with the data
of commemorative events of the Royal House and all Dutch Princes and Princesses:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1486670

Meanwhile work on the Rijksmuseum that has been under extensive renovation for the past 10 years are completed and the press had a view last thursday of the absolutely breathtakingly beautifull Museum,restored to it's original splendour,and where no piece has it's old place except Rembrandt's Nightwatch at the end of the Gallerie 'd Honneur,the Ere Galerij.The Museum will be officially re-opened by HM The Queen on the 13th of april....But before that there's the housewarming parties for the Patrons and Friends of the Rijksmuseum tonight and tomorrow afternoon...!..:)...
Can't wait!..

The Rijksmuseum will be the venue for the gala dinner hosted by HM Queen Beatrix on the eve of april 29th
for the Members of the Dutch Royal Family and the Royal guests from abroad as well as representatives of all
other foreign missions.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1485008

courtesy ANP

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 05, 2013, 10:07:44 PM
To all Dutch expats who love to be part of home on april 30th and everyone else interested,Dutch TV station BVN will air the Abdication and Enthronement ceremonies LIVE and WORLDWIDE,here:

http://www.bvn.nl/tekst/troonswisseling/




Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 06, 2013, 04:16:19 AM
I've book-marked that link just incase I am around to watch it. Should be an interesting day, I think!
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 06, 2013, 08:27:50 AM
I've book-marked that link just incase I am around to watch it. Should be an interesting day, I think!

Interesting too as the Dutch Royals have the next most interesting Enthronement after the British that is...Theirs is a Coronation
but ours is 2nd as none of the other Royal & Imperial Courts hold these Inauguration/Enthronement ceremonies like we do here.
Belgium has a Swearing-in ceremony in Parliament,as do Sweden & Norway & Spain.Denmark has the proclaiming of the new
Monarch and the death of the former from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace.All in all always due to to be mourned predecessors.
Not here, - (and,btw,not in Luxembourg either) .We change when everything is still ok healthwise and looking good for the previous
 Monarchs who will be known by their former title of Prince/Princess after the Abdication.

At the Prinsenhof,Delft,once the residence of Prince Willem the Silent,and venue of his murder in 1584,an exhibition is opened on the
Heads of the House of Orange Nassau,From Willem to Willem,it holds portraits of the 7 Prince Stadtholders and the  -  almost - 7 Monarchs.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1488155


Courtesy ROBIN UTRECHT
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 06, 2013, 07:24:37 PM
I've book-marked that link just incase I am around to watch it. Should be an interesting day, I think!

Interesting too as the Dutch Royals have the next most interesting Enthronement after the British that is...Theirs is a Coronation
but ours is 2nd as none of the other Royal & Imperial Courts hold these Inauguration/Enthronement ceremonies like we do here.
Belgium has a Swearing-in ceremony in Parliament,as do Sweden & Norway & Spain.Denmark has the proclaiming of the new
Monarch and the death of the former from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace.All in all always due to to be mourned predecessors.
Not here, - (and,btw,not in Luxembourg either) .We change when everything is still ok healthwise and looking good for the previous
 Monarchs who will be known by their former title of Prince/Princess after the Abdication.

At the Prinsenhof,Delft,once the residence of Prince Willem the Silent,and venue of his murder in 1584,an exhibition is opened on the
Heads of the House of Orange Nassau,From Willem to Willem,it holds portraits of the 7 Prince Stadtholders and the  -  almost - 7 Monarchs.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1488155


Courtesy ROBIN UTRECHT


Yes, our one is a coronation over here. Obviously, the next coronation Great Britain will see is Prince Charles, then William's, then their child's coronation and so on....That reminds me, I Must try and find a DVD of the Queen's coronation! Our Coronations here usually happen in Westminster Abbey, and I think, followed by a Balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.  I'm not sure how they honor the previous Monarch at a coronation actually as I've obviously never seen one, yet. 

It's certainly interesting how the crowning of the next Dutch Monarch will be happening, as it is with all how the different countries do it. It's funny, I thought all countries have a straight forward Coronation like we do here in the UK, until now!
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 08, 2013, 09:29:45 AM
I've book-marked that link just incase I am around to watch it. Should be an interesting day, I think!

Interesting too as the Dutch Royals have the next most interesting Enthronement after the British that is...Theirs is a Coronation
but ours is 2nd as none of the other Royal & Imperial Courts hold these Inauguration/Enthronement ceremonies like we do here.
Belgium has a Swearing-in ceremony in Parliament,as do Sweden & Norway & Spain.Denmark has the proclaiming of the new
Monarch and the death of the former from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace.All in all always due to to be mourned predecessors.
Not here, - (and,btw,not in Luxembourg either) .We change when everything is still ok healthwise and looking good for the previous
 Monarchs who will be known by their former title of Prince/Princess after the Abdication.

At the Prinsenhof,Delft,once the residence of Prince Willem the Silent,and venue of his murder in 1584,an exhibition is opened on the
Heads of the House of Orange Nassau,From Willem to Willem,it holds portraits of the 7 Prince Stadtholders and the  -  almost - 7 Monarchs.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1488155


Courtesy ROBIN UTRECHT


Yes, our one is a coronation over here. Obviously, the next coronation Great Britain will see is Prince Charles, then William's, then their child's coronation and so on....That reminds me, I Must try and find a DVD of the Queen's coronation! Our Coronations here usually happen in Westminster Abbey, and I think, followed by a Balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.  I'm not sure how they honor the previous Monarch at a coronation actually as I've obviously never seen one, yet. 

It's certainly interesting how the crowning of the next Dutch Monarch will be happening, as it is with all how the different countries do it. It's funny, I thought all countries have a straight forward Coronation like we do here in the UK, until now!

No,no other country does.And ours isn't called a Coronation either,but either an Enthronement or Inauguration,but,with only the Brits ahead in Pump and Circumstance.

This september will see a huge National farewell & thank you celebration for Queen Beatrix called;"Beatrix,with Heart and Soul" and it will be held at the AHOT Complex in Rotterdam,organised by theater mogul Joop van den Ende.

Wednesday april 10th will see the opening of the exhibition of pictures by top Royal Photographer Robin Utrecht at Soestdijk Palace;"The Royal House through the lens of Robin Utrecht"

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1490893

courtesy ANP

Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 08, 2013, 11:08:21 AM
Ah I understand now. It's certainly fascinating how it all works too!  Now i'm excited to see all the new heirs getting crowned so I can see the different ceremonies and how they are conducted.

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 08, 2013, 11:54:26 AM
Ah I understand now. It's certainly fascinating how it all works too!  Now i'm excited to see all the new heirs getting crowned so I can see the different ceremonies and how they are conducted.



None gets Crowned except Charles in due time.All others have abolished to have the Crown placed on their heads
and their ceremonies are called Enthronements and some have the Crown,Orb,Scepter,Sword of State,Royal Banner
and Constitution placed near to wear the Monarch takes the Oath on what we call the Credens Table,but it just sits
there,the Regalia are never used other then that.

You will see what I mean on april 30th ,but meanwhile have a peek here:

http://www.angelfire.com/vt/luxenthronement/

Courtesy Ademar

Meanwhile beautifull Duivenvoorde Castle re-opened its door after a renovation with an exhibition with the castles links with the House of Orange.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=07-04-2013%20Voorschoten

And...the closer to the date,the sillyer and tastyer it gets...

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=08-04-2013%20Wassenaar

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=07-04-2013%20Kroningsspeld


courtesy PPE
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 08, 2013, 01:06:31 PM
Thanks for the link of that website, I will take a look at it! Ahhhh, that's interesting they get the crown/orb/scepter, etc. placed nearby the Monarch while the oath is being taken.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 10, 2013, 08:14:02 AM
More on the upcoming events,by the Royal Palace Amsterdam website:

http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en/


Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 10, 2013, 11:23:27 AM
Still unsure which member of the BRF is going to the abidcation/Enthronement. Apparently, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have engagements that day.

And thanks for the link. Will look now (What a beautiful looking palace!).
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 12, 2013, 06:32:12 AM
A special Coronation Mass will be celebrated at the St.Nicholaas church,Amsterdam on sunday april 28th.HM The Queen will be represented by the Grand Mistress of the Court,Her Excellency Mrs. Martine van Loon Labouchère.Other Members of the Court,Commissioners of HM,MP's,representatives of the Armed Forces as well as the Ambassador of the Holy See,the Papal Nuntius Mgr. A.Dupuy will be in attendance.

On april 30th,updates:

Choreographer Hans van Maanen will direct the choreography of two ballet dancers on a ponton on the IJ River while TM are on a tour on the IJ in the evening,but before that the Dutch National Opera will perform " L'Amour des Troi Orange" by Sergej Prokovjev on a Prince becoming King at the square in front of the EYE Film Museum.

Over 200 vesses will take part in the Royal tour on the IJ River while internationally renowned Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren will perform on the Java island in the IJ with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Also,from april 22nd there is a photo exhibition on Queen Beatrix at the European Parliament,Brussels.
Title: Abdication & Enthronement april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 14, 2013, 04:11:11 AM
In an interview Rick Nieman and Mariëlle Tweebeke of RTL4 and NOS respectively had at Noordeinde Palace and that is to be aired this wednesday evening The Prince of Orange states;" I'm not a protocol fetisjist so people can address me as they wish if that makes them feel at ease"...To which Princess Máxima added:'Everybody calls me Máxima anyway,so Queen or Princess,it is what we stand for and represent rather then the title".

Wednesday evening,at 20.25PM Ned1.

http://nos.nl/koningshuis/


Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Paul on April 15, 2013, 12:21:59 AM
Isn't it traditional for crowned monarchs NOT to attend each other's coronations/installations? I seem to recall reading that it's more usual for some other member of a royal family to represent their sovereign on such occasions.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 15, 2013, 09:47:08 AM
Isn't it traditional for crowned monarchs NOT to attend each other's coronations/installations? I seem to recall reading that it's more usual for some other member of a royal family to represent their sovereign on such occasions.

That's correct Paul,it's always the Heirs and spares & spouses that will attend but never the Monarch.
As a rule a "new" Monarch first has to pay visits to his counterparts which will be what Willem-Alexander
and Máxima will be doing starting may 24th with an introduction visit in Luxembourg.and after the summer
the same to Belgium...for starters.

Till now the Crown Princely couples of Sweden,Belgium,Spain and Norway have announced their attendance
but the official guestlist will be made public the weekend of the 27th/28th.

Also,there will be quite a delegation from dear Argentina,the country of origin of Princess,soon Queen Máxima.
Vice-President Amado Boudou will represent Argentina accompanied by,ao,the Chair of the Senate of Argentina.

Press agencies as well as VorstenRoyale report that TIH Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan will both be in attendance.Would be marvellous as that would be the first official foreign visit by the Princess in 11 years but the IHA has no official announcemnet yet....The holiday here in The Netherlands some years ago on invitation of Queen Beatrix was a one only event is all these years.
Title: Abdication & Enthronement april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 17, 2013, 06:59:41 AM
In an interview Rick Nieman and Mariëlle Tweebeke of RTL4 and NOS respectively had at Noordeinde Palace and that is to be aired this wednesday evening The Prince of Orange states;" I'm not a protocol fetisjist so people can address me as they wish if that makes them feel at ease"...To which Princess Máxima added:'Everybody calls me Máxima anyway,so Queen or Princess,it is what we stand for and represent rather then the title".

Wednesday evening,at 20.25PM Ned1.

http://nos.nl/koningshuis/


This morning it was announced that Dutch Astronaut André Kuypers will be one of the two Kings of Weapons on april 30th and will escort the King to the Nieuwe Kerk and after the taking of the Oath by the King and the combined session of the States General will proclaim;"The King is Inaugurated".André Kuypers returned from space station ISS last year after staying there for 6 months.

The other King of Weapons is the retired former Commander of the Forces General Peter van Uhm,Adjutant Extraordinair of HM Queen Beatrix and now also honoured by the new Monarch.The day after General Peter van Uhm was installed as the new Commander of the Forces his son Dennis was killed in Afghanistan.He never wavered but remained staidfast and accepted that as a consequence of being part od the Forces.A truly remarkeble man indeed.
Title: Abdication & Enthronement april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 17, 2013, 09:29:09 AM
With the date nearing more exhibitions open,like the one at the Prinsenhof,Delft,last Residence of the First Prince Willem,The Taciturn or Silent,Patriae Patria.Also the venue for his murder in 1584.

The exhibition " From Willem to Willem" gives a good view on Prince Willem and the following Stadtholders & Monarchs.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=16-04-2013%20Tentoonstelling

More on the Prinsenhof Residence,Delft:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=16-04-2013%20Delft

courtesy PPE
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 17, 2013, 11:13:42 AM
Isn't it traditional for crowned monarchs NOT to attend each other's coronations/installations? I seem to recall reading that it's more usual for some other member of a royal family to represent their sovereign on such occasions.

That's correct Paul,it's always the Heirs and spares & spouses that will attend but never the Monarch.
As a rule a "new" Monarch first has to pay visits to his counterparts which will be what Willem-Alexander
and Máxima will be doing starting may 24th with an introduction visit in Luxembourg.and after the summer
the same to Belgium...for starters.

Confirmed guests upto now:

The Crown Princely couples of Sweden,Belgium,Spain,Japan and Norway have announced their attendance
but the official guestlist will be made public the weekend of the 27th/28th.

Also,there will be quite a delegation from dear Argentina,the country of origin of Princess,soon Queen Máxima.
Vice-President Amado Boudou will represent Argentina accompanied by,ao,the Chair of the Senate of Argentina.

Press agencies as well as VorstenRoyale report that TIH Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan will both be in attendance.Would be marvellous as that would be the first official foreign visit by the Princess in 11 years but the IHA has no official announcemnet yet....The holiday here in The Netherlands some years ago on invitation of Queen Beatrix was a one only event is all these years.

Just confirmed in Tokyo that Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan will both attend the Enthronement ceremonies in Amsterdam on april 30th.

It will be the first time for the Princess to travel abroad in 7 years,as she and her family were on holiday here by invitation of Queen Beatrix and their friends W-A and Máxima.It will be the first official visit by the Princess in 11 years.And nice to see her parents again here as her father is a judge at the ICC and they live here since years.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 18, 2013, 01:42:05 PM
Was a absolutely great interview last night!Very open and direct,to the point,and poignant when it touched the condition of his brother Friso.But all in all it was very well received by all political parties and whatever related experts as well as the population.An incredible 91 % has a huge confidence in Willem-Alexander as the new Monarch ands 93% thinks the same of the future Queen Máxima.As Princess Máxima emphisized last night that her husbands role will change,not hers,it will be business as usual for her adding that supporting her husband is evident.

Also the three children will be in attendance throughout the entire day,from the Abdication moment of their grandmother at exactly 10.14AM in the morning of april 30th,to the Enthronement ceremony as well as the Royal boat tour in the evening and the gala dinner for all the guests at the Muzeikgebouw aan 't IJ..A truly beautifull theater with a spectaculor view over the IJ River.The eldest,Amalia,is very aware that she will be next in line..And her first question to her dad was: "For how long will you be doing that job?"....grin...as if she could pull her still non-existent agenda...haha..

I will post more on the interview,as it 's absolutely worthwhile,any subject was ok,and no questions were put at their disposal beforehand,they wanted a real live interview,and,the result is just fantastic!
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Jen_94 on April 19, 2013, 10:51:47 AM
I can't wait to watch it, if it's on youtube!

Willem-Alexander and Maxima, i'm certain will do a good job.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 19, 2013, 02:50:15 PM
I can't wait to watch it, if it's on youtube!

Willem-Alexander and Maxima, i'm certain will do a good job.

You will find it here too Jen:

http://nos.nl/koningshuis/

As well as several others stations that I will post by the day as I don't know 'm all yet,but over 50 TV stations from around the globe,including 2 from
Japan that will cover directly,will have a space somewhere here and will air on it.

Dutch NOS TV will air 18 hours of april 30th starting at 090.00AM till 23.00PM while Radio 1 is on for 27 non-stop hours
1000 Journalist from really all over the globe will report and are acredited for the ceremonies. There are 25 camera's in the church alone
plus one hanging right under the roof,a camrail,as to really get every angle from the church and guests,and the King and Queen ofcourse,
during the ceremonies.Over the Dam Square there's a cable of 300 meters with a camera as to get the details from the balcony appearance by,the then Princess Beatrix,who will present her son as the new King,and then immediatly followed by the three Princesses,Catharina-Amalia- who will be known as HRH The Princess of Orange as hse is the Heir-,Alexia and Ariane
who will make their first official ( balcony-) appearance.

On the interview two days ago.A question on a ceremonial Monarchy,W-A answered that if Parliament would decide,and all it takes according to the Law and Constitution was in place,he would have no trouble as to sign a Bill accordingly;? That's why I'm the King,to stand above all that,and to sign what is legal and just. " And even cutting ribbons can be of worth,can have a full impact,as it will be me who decides which ribbon i would cut,by that choice it points at the value.

And on Queensday,that ofcourse will be named Kingsday as of next year april 27th,HM birthday,but W- A decided not to change the way it has been done the past 33 years,so all of the Royal family will take part as usual,so all the Kings cousins will be out and about as well as always.

Meanwhile Princess Beatrix's agenda is getting full again too as she will remain a working member of the RF and one of the three,next to the Monarch and Queen Máxima,who will get an apanage from the State.As you know none of the others have one,an allowance from the State,they all studied and all are very successfull in their own right.

On the teaser that said W-A before the interview was aired and W-A said that he wasn't a protocol fetisjist,the context is this:' I'm not a protocol fetisjist,people should address me in the way they feel most at ease".....That was "translated" by the BBC as "Don't call me Majesty says Prince"...Nah..he didn't say that,there is a nuance...a rather large one at it...grin..  
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 23, 2013, 04:15:37 PM
TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have confirmed their attendance.
Good,it will Charles's 2nd Inauguration here and Camilla's first major Royal event to attend
abroad.

TRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his sister Princess Sirindhorn will be in attendance on april 30th.
It will be the 2nd time Princess Sirindhorn will attend an Inauguration here because she,like Prince Charles,was here in 1980 too.

TRH Heriditary Grandduke Guillaume and Heriditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg will represent their country
and family during the ( pre-) Abdication and Enthronement events in Amsterdam.

TRH Crown Prince Al- Muthadeh Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei will be in attendance  as well.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 25, 2013, 12:50:14 AM
Updates on the forthcoming events and ceremonies±

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/


http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/abdication-and-investiture/

Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 25, 2013, 10:08:53 AM
Updates on the forthcoming events and ceremonies±

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/


http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/abdication-and-investiture/



The Throne chairs used during the Enthronement are from a set given to HM Queen Wilhelmina by the City of Amsterdam on occasion of her wedding with Grand Duke Hebdrik of Mecklenburg Schwerin in 1901.The Chairs have been re-upholstered in gold Italian silk damast for the Enthronement as the original fabric proofed too frail.

The two Chairs as well as the Regalia and the Royal Mantle can be seen at Het Loo Palace as of May 7th.

The four gilded silk chenil velvet ceremonial chairs on which TRH Princess Beatrix,The Princess of Orange and her two sisters Princesses Alexia and Ariane will be seated are from the set in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace,Amsterdam

There's been an significant increase from bookings with destinattion Amsterdam from all over the globe,especially the US ( 31% increase-),
for the april 30th events here in Amsterdam.Most visitors stay 3 days according to a hotel survey..All rooms are booked except a few on the outskirts..like over an hour away..

Meanwhile Amsterdam is getting in the festive mood more and more,like here where department store De Bijenkorf is Crowned:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1514133

Dutch National Railways,NS,introduced its Kings train yesterday for scheduled use since today!

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1513223

Braekfast is ready!!..Well...almost,as these have to get delivered to schools nationwide as 1.35 Million pupils at elementary schools
and their teachers will start april 26th with a healthy breakfast ahead of the start of the nationwide Kings Games tomorrow.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1512769

HM Queen Beatrix on her last scheduled event in her Reign,the opening of the exhibition on the Huygens brothers at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague where she opened a door leading into a berautifull copy of the Orange Hall at Huis ten Bosch Palace.Feeling blue.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1512765

It's not that Beatrix as Princess will disappear from the radar,no way!Her itinerary for may and after is getting full again too,starting with her attendance in the company of Their Majesties on the Liberation Day concert on the Amstel River here on the eve of May 5th.

The Kings company of the 11th Batallion Grenadiers rehearsing:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1512768

Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Joyann1 on April 26, 2013, 12:16:56 PM
Thought I share this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjqf5F7PPGw

Beautiful song that deserves all the media-attention instead of that preposterous 'Koningslied'. The rap part in the song makes me cringe, it's embarrassing to say the least.
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 26, 2013, 09:00:33 PM
Thought I share this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjqf5F7PPGw

Beautiful song that deserves all the media-attention instead of that preposterous 'Koningslied'. The rap part in the song makes me cringe, it's embarrassing to say the least.

Oh this absolutely is the very Best of all songs Joyann for the occasion,Brigitte Kaandorp captured it all didn't she!!Beautifull!!
Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 28, 2013, 12:21:21 PM
The City gets more and more in a festive mood,the sunny weather certainly plays a role in that too...The healthy tension for the ceremonies
is building up in a most positive way,everybody is just excited.There's joy...another nice side effect of an Abdication,no-one has to die first,no mourning for the former Monarch,just joy and anticipation of what is to come.Have been in the city all afternoon,was privileged to see the flower arrangements in the church and was blown away!Absolutely drop dead beautifull!The pergola nears completion under which the MP's,the Senate,the Court and the King and Queen will walk to and fro the Church.

The guestlist was released a short while ago:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/



Title: Arrival of guests:Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 28, 2013, 10:11:51 PM
And also speculation is rife with what Queen Máxima will use for a diadem on tuesday.
It is old,it hasn't been seen for a long time,it was thoroughly adjusted,the jeweller had
a lot and long work on it to bring the proportions back to a more wearable size...
Hold your breath...

Tonight HM Queen Beatrix will host the Gala dinner at the Honours Gallery of the Rijksmuseum
presided over by Rembrandt's nightwatch,a venue of sorts indeed.

Most Royal guests and members of representations of other missions have arrived meanwhile,
among them TIH Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan who arrived at
Amsterdam Schiphol International yesterday and checked-in at the Okura Hotel here.It is the
first visit abroad by the Crown Princess since 7 years.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519114

Courtesy Koen van Weel
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: gillian on April 29, 2013, 08:22:03 PM
I don't know a great deal about Queen Beatrix or the Dutch royal family, embarrassing since I have Dutch ancestry. I know Queen Beatrix has had a rough time recently and I was sad to hear about Prince Friso, I still hope he'll still make some sort of recovery, she deserves a more relaxed role at this point. However I'm excited, this will be the first coronation I'll be able to remember, and it'll be interesting to see how Willem-Alexander and Maxima handle their new role, they'll be among the youngest reigning royals.

I'm also happy that Crown Princess Masako will be coming, I feel for her struggle with depression having struggled with it myself. I hope this trip means she's doing better and starting a happier phase in her life. Article (http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2013/04/29/crown-princess-makes-first-official-overseas-trip-since-2002/)
Title: Abdication & Inauguration, april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 29, 2013, 09:26:44 PM
The day of days arrived,quite early and calm outside but that will change soon enough.

Yesterday saw the arrival of the Queen and TRH at the Palace and the church for rehearsals.
The three young Princesses were part of that too...so much so that Amalia took the opportunit
to sit on what is her fathers Throne chair for today.Two chairs of a set given to Queen Wilhelmina
and re-upholstered with old delicate fabrics embroidered with the Dutch Lions.

Last preparations on the Dam Square and the flower arrangements in-and outside the Nieuwe Kerk,dazzling..

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519919

Guests arriving at the Amstel Hotel and The Okura:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519926

TIH The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan,Naruhito and Masako,and Lalla Salma of Morocco,spouse of King Mohammed:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519115

The arrival of,still,the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima and their girls,Amalia,Alexia and Ariane at the Royal Palace:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=29-04-2013%20Inhuldiging

While The Netherlands colour Orange....

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519931

..The Royal Family prepares and leaves for the Gala dinner at the Rijksmuseum hosted by HM Queen Beatrix:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1519936

..Princess Máxima diamond pendant is another historic stone that sees the light of day since the Princess arrived here
12 years ago...and was in various degrees mistaken last night for the Holland Diamond,but this one is the center stone
of the devant de corsage presented to the young Queen Emma in 1879 by the Dutch people..still,breathtakingly beautifull.

The Arrival of the Dutch Royals and their Royal guests and representatives of other missions at the Rijksmuseum last night,
with the exception of CP Masako,Sheika Mozah and Princess Charlene,Masako and Mozah will be in attendance this afternoon,

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=29-04-2013%20Rijksmuseum

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520253

And the tables were set in the Honour Gallery with all the top pieces of the Rijksmuseum on view,presided over by Rembrandt's
most famous work,the Nightwatch:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520256

During the start of the dinner a pre-recorded message by HM Queen Beatrix was aired that had a huge impact in terms
of the different subjects she touched in it,one being ;"History will proof that my choice of Husband,Prince Claus,was the
best of all my decisions"and she emphasized her confidence in her son and Heir and in"Máxima  and her big heart,which
we in the family consider a Blessing".She,as she herself was told by her mother,and her mother by hers,she told her
son to do it his way.

After 123 years with a woman as Monarch,Queen-Regent Emma,Queen Wilhelmina,Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix,
it will be the first King since 1890 that will be our Monarch.And it is with the full confidence that he is accepted as such
this afternoon during a joint session of the States General,Dutch Parliament at the Nieuwe Kerk whoms Guest he will be
and in which ceremony he will speech and then take the Oath,followed by the Oath of Allegiance to the new King by the Chair
of the combined session of the States General and each member including ofcourse the Members and Governors of the Dutch Caribbean.

The program for today:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/


For LIVE coverage please look here:

http://nos.nl/koningshuis/

http://www.youtube.com/noskoningshuis/

Dutch national tv:

http://www.nos.nl

German national TV Ard

http://www.ard.de/

Belgian Ëén.be


http://www.een.be/




Title: Re: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: historyfan on April 29, 2013, 09:29:52 PM
The City gets more and more in a festive mood,the sunny weather certainly plays a role in that too...The healthy tension for the ceremonies
is building up in a most positive way,everybody is just excited.There's joy...another nice side effect of an Abdication,no-one has to die first,no mourning for the former Monarch,just joy and anticipation of what is to come.Have been in the city all afternoon,was privileged to see the flower arrangements in the church and was blown away!Absolutely drop dead beautifull!The pergola nears completion under which the MP's,the Senate,the Court and the King and Queen will walk to and fro the Church.

The guestlist was released a short while ago:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/





I have a cousin who lives in Amsterdam. He said the city is just beautiful right now. I was concerned I would miss all the fun (I am going at the end of June) but he says not, since there are still plenty of festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the Canals.

Still...it must be a wonderful place to be right now.
Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 29, 2013, 09:37:57 PM
The City gets more and more in a festive mood,the sunny weather certainly plays a role in that too...The healthy tension for the ceremonies
is building up in a most positive way,everybody is just excited.There's joy...another nice side effect of an Abdication,no-one has to die first,no mourning for the former Monarch,just joy and anticipation of what is to come.Have been in the city all afternoon,was privileged to see the flower arrangements in the church and was blown away!Absolutely drop dead beautifull!The pergola nears completion under which the MP's,the Senate,the Court and the King and Queen will walk to and fro the Church.

The guestlist was released a short while ago:

http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/globale-paginas/taalrubrieken/english/news/





I have a cousin who lives in Amsterdam. He said the city is just beautiful right now. I was concerned I would miss all the fun (I am going at the end of June) but he says not, since there are still plenty of festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the Canals.

Still...it must be a wonderful place to be right now.

Oh it darn well is!!Such a friendly and joyfull atmosphere all around..Hundreds of people stayed over at the Dam Square to be in the front row later this morning and afternoon.The city,the country coloured Orange all around and thousands celebrate what is called the "Konininginnenacht" the party night
on the eve of Queensday.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520259

Yesterday at Het Loo Palace;

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520258




Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 29, 2013, 11:06:19 PM
Some more from last nights dinner,courtesy Robin Utrecht!

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520257&flush=1

Courtesy Robin
Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 30, 2013, 04:38:07 AM
Some more from last nights dinner,courtesy Robin Utrecht!

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520257&flush=1

Courtesy Robin

Royal Palace Amsterdam this morning,Queen Beatrix signed the Act of Abdication and with her signature
The Prince of Orange became HM King Willem-Alexander.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520913

Then it was signed by the new Monarch and Queen Máxima and the government ministers:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520261

A very moved Princess Beatrix and King & Queen appeared on the balcony soon after,Very touched and emotional by the
very loud cheers of the thousands of people that have gathered there today outside on the Dam Square.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520917

Then Princess Beatrix stepped back in the Palace and the three young Princesses appeared,The Princess of Orange and
her two sisters Princesses Alexia and Ariane:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520917


http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Balcony

Title: Inauguration of King Willem-Alexander,april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on April 30, 2013, 04:59:47 AM
By now the first guests arrive at the Nieuwe Kerk where the Inauguration of King Willem-Alexander will begin in
little over two hours.

By 13.30PM local time the MP's will walk from the Palace to the church,followed shortly after by the foreign Royal Guests and representatives of other missions like fe the Vice-President of Argentina,Queen Máxima's country of origin.At 13.50PM TRH Princess Beatrix,the Princesses Amalia,Alexia and Ariane as well as all other Members of the Dutch Royal Family will walk to the church from the Palace which really is next door.

At two exactly the cortege of Courtiers and TM proceeded by the Pillow with the Consttitution and the Sword of State will walk the short distance underneath a pergola covered with fishermans nets...a reminder of the day that Prince Willem landed on the beach at Scheveningen/The Hague in 1813 after the French occupation and the actual founding of the Kingdom of The Netherlands under the House of Orange Nassau.A House that served The Netherlands already since the 16th century as Willem I,Patria Patriae revolted against Spanish rule and the The Republic of the Seven United Provinces was created,with Willem and his sons and offspring remained Stadtholders untill the French occupied us.We were the sole Republic amidst Monarchies at the time...Now it's almost the other way around...grin..

The King will be the guest of the States General in a combined session of the Houses of Parliament,the Second Chamber and the Senate
and,after his speech,will Swear the Oath on the Constitution.After that the Chair of the States General will read aloud the formula in which the Monarch is accepted as the countries King and will also swaer the Oath of Allegiance to the King,as will all MP's will do after him.
Once all have Sworn,or Promised.Allegiance to the new Monarch,they Inauguration will be shouted out aloud by the Herauts der Wapenen both
inside the church as well as outside on the Dam Square.The Herauts choosen by Willem-Alexander are General Peter van Uhm,former Chief of the Dutch Forces,and André Kuiper,Dutch astronaut who returned from a six month trip to the space station ISS last year.After the declaration of the Inauguration TM will return to the Palace for the reception.Later in the evening thers'festive program and Gala ball.
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: historyfan on April 30, 2013, 09:02:06 AM
Bedankt, Lucien, thank you for being our "reporter on the ground", so to speak. ; )

Enjoy the day!
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on May 01, 2013, 01:18:05 AM
Bedankt, Lucien, thank you for being our "reporter on the ground", so to speak. ; )

Enjoy the day!

Thank you!...Enjoy the day was an understatement of sorts...grin...It was a perfect day in every aspect,from the ceremonies in the morning,to the Investiture in the Nieuwe Kerk to the Royal cruise through the port of Amsterdam on the IJ river and the concluding dinner & dance hosted by the PM.Plus the Millions of Dutch both here and in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom who celebrated in abundance and the most fantastic of atmosphere!!

The Speech by the King was top,the part in which he specifically thanked his mother was very moving and resulted in an applause that lasted several minutes.The gathering of Royals from across the globe was impressive,and I think they were impressed by what they've seen and saw too...And maybe get an idea of how a change on the Throne is done these days...haha....Poor dear Charles witnessed his 2nd Investiture here....The royal cruise was fantastic as on the shores of the IJ river lots of what the Netherlands is good at was on display...Also a concert by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra!!Both the King and Queen are huge supporters of both Armin and the RCO...So,so they decided then and there to make a stop and say hello to them on stage with the three Princesses...To the cheers and applause of the thousands gathered for the concert...Fantastic...Meanwhile Princess Beatrix was on board of another vessel with all the Royal guests and arrived shortly before TM at the Muziekgebouw concert hall for the party hosted by the Dutch government
.

it has been an absolutely bloody marvellous day and brilliantly done in a extremely well organised scheme
Title: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on May 01, 2013, 01:50:50 AM
The Investiture:Royals arriving at the Nieuwe Kerk:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Guests

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp/eventid=1520956

HRH Princess Mabel accompanied Princess Beatrix,as you know her husband,Prince Friso,is still in coma after the accident in february last year:
The white bow on Mabels dress ,the left arm,was part of the train of her wedding dress and it was to have Friso with her yesterday.Two fabulous women!!

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520950

The Royal cortege with TM on its way from the Palace to the church:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Arrival

HM King Willem-Alexander taking the Oath on the Constitution:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520944

King Willem-Alexander and his,our, beautifull Queen Máxima leaving the church:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520948

The Royal guests leaving the church again:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php/zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Leaving
 
Some pics of the attendees and a wonderfull group photo:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520938

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520263

The Crown Princely Couple of Japan,very welcome guests,especially as it was the first time in 7 years Princess Masako
was abroad:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520939

A festive IJ River last night:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521356

TM and the three girls popping-in at the concert by Armin van Buuren and the RCO:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521361

A salute by F-16's of the Royal Dutch Airforce over the IJ river on a beautifull evening:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521357

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521355

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521362


The day was concluded with a party hosted by the Dutch PM at the Muziekgebouw concert hall attended by all Royal guests:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521368

And ofcourse our boys and girls in Kundus,Afghanistan celebrated too:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521365


The party concluded late,or rather early in the morning and Princess Beatrix arrived back at the Royal Palace
Amsterdam together with her sister Princess Irene.There will be a Royal Brunch at the Palace to conclude the festivities
for the visiting Royals.

Princess Beatrix leaving the Palace after the brunch yesterday along with Renée Smith Roëll,her long time friend and confidante.
Renée's father was intandant of the Palaces when WWII started and he was executed by the Germans as he was in the resistance.
As Queen Juliana was moved to Canada per order of Wilhelmina,Renée and her mother were send along to accompany Juliana and
the two young Princesses Beatrix (1938) and Irene (1939).The two grew up together,went to the same schools and later to Leiden
University,were witnesses at each others weddings.Beatrix and Renée are the next best thing to a separated twin.Married to a Canadian
Mrs Renée Smith Roëll lives in Canada since decades.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=01-05-2013%20Amsterdam



From this afternoon,the Nieuwe Kerk is opened for three days for all to view the spectacular inside,with everything except the Regalia,
in place as it was yesterday.

I think everyone has had a good view and idea on how a change on the Throne can be done,and what peagantry means
when most think that's solely related to the British..no..It is not....grin..

A fantastic day and a promising start of a new Reign!


Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Paul on May 01, 2013, 02:13:47 AM
Does anybody know why the new king chose to reign under the name of Willem Alexander, and not Willem IV?
Title: Re: Abdication of HM Queen Beatrix on april 30th 2013
Post by: Kalafrana on May 01, 2013, 02:40:31 AM
According to the British papers, the new king doesn't want to be 'just a number'.

The king's 'thank you' to his mother was on BBC Radio 4 on the one o'clock news (with translation). I'm glad to say that he sounded as though he meant it, and the applause was most impressive.

Ann
Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on May 01, 2013, 08:45:41 AM
Does anybody know why the new king chose to reign under the name of Willem Alexander, and not Willem IV?


Because Willem-Alexander is his name all of his life and he didn't see a reason to change that now as
he said himself in an interview two weeks ago.Besides that,he laughingly added..;" Willem IV stands next to Bertha 38
in the meadows"... Meaning he doesn't wish to have numerals like cows..

@ Ann..The applause lasted for little over 2 minutes,it was loud,it was warm and it was meant every instant,it was beautifull.

Today HM appointed his cousin Prince Maurits as his Adjutant extraordinair while Maurits was also elevated to the
rank of Capt.-Lt of the Royal Navy.Prince Maurits is the eldest son of HRH Princess Margriet and Prof.mr.Pieter van Vollenhoven.
 
Earlyer today TM saw their last guests off after the brunch hosted by TM at the Royal Palace,Amsterdam.

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1522145

Title: Abdication & Inauguration april 30th 2013
Post by: Lucien on May 01, 2013, 11:59:34 PM
The Investiture:Royals arriving at the Nieuwe Kerk:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Guests

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp/eventid=1520956

HRH Princess Mabel accompanied Princess Beatrix,as you know her husband,Prince Friso,is still in coma after the accident in february last year:
The white bow on Mabels dress ,the left arm,was part of the train of her wedding dress and it was to have Friso with her yesterday.Two fabulous women!!

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520950

The Royal cortege with TM on its way from the Palace to the church:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Arrival

HM King Willem-Alexander taking the Oath on the Constitution:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520944

King Willem-Alexander and his,our, beautifull Queen Máxima leaving the church:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520948

The Royal guests leaving the church again:

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php/zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Leaving
 
Some pics of the attendees and a wonderfull group photo:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520938

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520263

The Crown Princely Couple of Japan,very welcome guests,especially as it was the first time in 7 years Princess Masako
was abroad:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1520939

A festive IJ River last night:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521356

TM and the three girls popping-in at the concert by Armin van Buuren and the RCO:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521361

A salute by F-16's of the Royal Dutch Airforce over the IJ river on a beautifull evening:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521357

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521355

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521362


The day was concluded with a party hosted by the Dutch PM at the Muziekgebouw concert hall attended by all Royal guests:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521368

And ofcourse our boys and girls in Kundus,Afghanistan celebrated too:

http://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=1521365


The party concluded late,or rather early in the morning and Princess Beatrix arrived back at the Royal Palace
Amsterdam together with her sister Princess Irene.There will be a Royal Brunch at the Palace to conclude the festivities
for the visiting Royals.

Princess Beatrix leaving the Palace after the brunch yesterday along with Renée Smith Roëll,her long time friend and confidante.
Renée's father was intandant of the Palaces when WWII started and he was executed by the Germans as he was in the resistance.
As Queen Juliana was moved to Canada per order of Wilhelmina,Renée and her mother were send along to accompany Juliana and
the two young Princesses Beatrix (1938) and Irene (1939).The two grew up together,went to the same schools and later to Leiden
University,were witnesses at each others weddings.Beatrix and Renée are the next best thing to a separated twin.Married to a Canadian
Mrs Renée Smith Roëll lives in Canada since decades.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=01-05-2013%20Amsterdam



From this afternoon,the Nieuwe Kerk is opened for three days for all to view the spectacular inside,with everything except the Regalia,
in place as it was yesterday.

I think everyone has had a good view and idea on how a change on the Throne can be done,and what peagantry means
when most think that's solely related to the British..no..It is not....grin..

A fantastic day and a promising start of a new Reign!




Some more pics of the guests attending the Dinner & ball hosted by the PM to conclude the Inauguration festivities.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-04-2013%20Sail