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. vikingwoman

    Hip Hip Hurrah for the new King of Netherlands! We Europeans love our royalty! Why? They have interesting family trees, they don't "rule" any more & they lead facinating lives! Here we have Hollywood Royalty, it's pretty much the same thing!! 😉

    May 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    The Bush family are the closest things to royalty that the US has. They've been in North America since before the revolution. Much of that time spent at the top of the power structure.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol, BOMBO. I wouldn't call the Bush family "royalty".

      May 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @Bombo. lol

    May 1, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @vikingwoman said it.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ BOMBO, you forgot the Kardasians. Lol lol lol lol

    May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    Englands Big Ben. A story CNN never covers. A BIG CLOCK !!!

    May 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ANDRE (luckone) HIMES

    ZEPHANIAH CHAPTER THREE VERSE 10 in the holy bible

    May 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ Andre, what does offerings in Ethiopa have to do with anything posted here?

    May 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rascal Rabble

    did "this just in" undergo budget sequestration and staff is on furlough???

    May 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ANDRE the shape shifter HIMES

    Ain't nobody got no pickles. We all see spines on the shadow of the sky. Don't go without DUTERIN for even just one day.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Andre are you talking about Dutrion? Why would one want that for anything other than using bleach to clean whites and to sanitize.

      May 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andre (chosen vessel) Himes

    What CHRISTINE ROMANS and those white feminists who are BILL CLINTON'S FATHER'S WIVES and concubines did not know and what they will soon find out.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    As you didn't answer Andre you must be huffing this stuff.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. little mister© "Moving to MSNBC soon,"

    Look! The guy on the left.thats saywhat.

    May 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ ANDRB, i am the furthest person from prejudice that you will meet. If you dont think so ask s kel.

    May 2, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Hey@little mister.Whats that all about?

    May 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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