After 120 years, Netherlands gets king
Beatrix appears with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on the balcony of the royal palace on Tuesday to greet the public after her abdication in Amsterdam.
April 30th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

After 120 years, Netherlands gets king

Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than 120 years on Tuesday as his mother, Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne, ending 33 years as the country's monarch.

The 75-year-old monarch handed over power in a constitutionally ordained ceremony in the Mozes Hall of the royal palace in Amsterdam. The transfer became official as she signed the "instrument of abdication" that means she will now be known as Princess Beatrix.

Cheers erupted from crowds gathered outside the palace who were watching proceedings on a big screen as the queen signed the document. CNN's Max Foster reported that many in the Netherlands had been partying well into the night.

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  1. chrissy

    Do you really mind so much @ saywhat? This is just another deflection to the US citizens of things going on in our own country.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    We can read all these silly stories and forget about all the serious things going on, or in most cases, NOT going on, in our own country that affect each and every one of us.

    April 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    How fortunate a country is to have a benign monarch!
    Also, how fortunate the world is to have the enlightened people of the Netherlands!

    April 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, JIF. From everything I have gathered, it is a wonderful place.

      I wish the Pricess many happy Golden years.

      April 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    I never posted on this thread@chrissy & folks.
    Must have been the troll.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Must have been the troll @chrissy.
    I never posted on this thread.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    pardon the repeat.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    My felicitations & well wishes for the people of Netherland.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    The only thing the troll said was you were blocked lol.

    April 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    This king stuff is dumb. There are people that are dying from all kinds of things. Come on

    April 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    File Under: Liberia

    April 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Filed Under: Uncategorized?

    File Under: Governmental Monarchies / Nertherlands .....IDIOT!!!

    April 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    File under *fluff news* lol.

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      Fluffy not Stuffy

      April 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Exactly lol. Same as nonsense!

    April 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    And about as newsworthy as humpty dumpty!

    April 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TvNyC

    Notice the only thing in thats perfectly round is our eyes and earth and other planets. After life we see earth getting smaller and.smaller as we approach the heavens.

    May 1, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
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