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The Netherlands Welcomes a New King

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Keeping with recent tradition, former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne today in favor of her son, Willem-Alexander, who has now become the first Dutch king in more than a century. Though the position has little political power, the Royal Family enjoys broad popularity and symbolic significance. Tuesday, tens of thousands dressed in orange and gathered in Amsterdam's Dam Square next to the Royal Palace to view the accession of King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of the Netherlands. [29 photos]

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Newly-crowned Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace with their children, from left: Catharina-Amalia, Ariane, and Alexia in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Newly-crowned Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace with their children, from left: Catharina-Amalia, Ariane, and Alexia in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
A man wearing orange shades displays a t-shirt depicting Dutch Queen Beatrix in a souvenir shop in Amsterdam, on April 29, 2013. (Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares) #
Reina Reyes and Asdrubal Medina from Venezuela pose for a photograph outside the Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam, on April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
A billboard image of Dutch Queen Beatrix, viewed from the window of an empty room in downtown Amsterdam, on April 29, 2013, the day before her abdication. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
A man dressed in orange drinks on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, on April 29, 2013. The Netherlands was preparing for Queen's Day on April 30, which will also mark the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the investiture of her eldest son Willem-Alexander. (Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares) #
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs an act of abdication next to her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Crown Princess Maxima, during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters) #
Princess Alexia of the Netherlands attends the Act of Abdication in the Moseszaal at the Royal Palace, on April 30, 2013. (Michel Porro/Getty Images) #
People celebrate in their boats sailing along a canal in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
Two men pose for a photo outside the Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
A crowd gathers in Dam Square, waiting for King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix to appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Manoocher Deghati) #
People watch Queen Beatrix's abdication ceremony, handing over to her eldest son Willem-Alexander on a giant screen in Amsterdam's Dam Square, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Coombs) #
Dutch King Willem-Alexander is greeted by his mother Princess Beatrix on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Alex carries his son Abel on his shoulders, as they stand outside the Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
People, one of them holding a picture of Princess Beatrix, react as King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix sign the act of abdication outside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
Two women wearing orange inflatable wigs walk along the street in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
The crowning ceremony inside the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters/Lex Van Lieshout) #
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrive at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, prior to the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #
Netherlands Globus cruciger (a Christian symbol of authority) is put in place before the religious ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters/Robin Utrecht) #
Former Queen, now Princess Beatrix, is joined by her grandchildren, from left: Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Robin Utrecht) #
King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the inauguration ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk, on April 30, 2013. (Robin Utrecht/Getty Images) #
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend the inauguration ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters/Peter Dejong) #
Front row, from left, Japan's Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al Misned of Qatar, Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma and Prince Albert of Monaco attend the inauguration ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #
Dutch King Willem-Alexander takes the oath during his inauguration inside the Nieuwe Kerk on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #
People celebrate on a boat in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
A man wearing a t-shirt which reads "Alexander is een fokking Koning" (Alexander is a fucking King) walks with his girlfriend in the red light district in Amsterdam, on April 28, 2013. (Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares) #
A woman celebrates the new Dutch King Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix, in Amsterdam's Dam Square, on April 30, 2013. (Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares) #
People dance In the street in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
People celebrate on a canal boat in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
Newly-crowned Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace with their children, Catharina-Amalia, Ariane, and Alexia in Amsterdam, on April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Robin Utrecht) #

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