The schedule of events: I'll give a brief rundown below, but there's no better resource (for accuracy and details including times) than the Royal House itself, click here for their news page. For translating local times, do click here for a handy time zone converter.
- April 29: Queen Beatrix will host a dinner (including foreign royals).
- April 30, morning: The formal abdication, followed by a balcony appearance.
- April 30, afternoon: The inauguration, or investiture.
- April 30, late afternoon/evening: Celebrations, including a reception and a water pageant.
Foreign royal guests: The tradition with these sorts of coronation/etc. events is that fellow heads of state typically stay home and are represented by other family members, and that is what will happen here. Until the official guest list is released (soon, I hope), the following members of foreign royal families have independently confirmed their attendance:
- Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway
- Crown Princess and Prince Daniel of Sweden
- Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark
- Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
- Duke and Duchess of Brabant
- Prince and Princess of Asturias
- Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
- Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan
- Crown Prince and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
- Crown Prince of Brunei
What to expect: The past is always a good place to start if you want to make predictions for the future (including dress code, which is what I know many of you are curious about), so let's look back at what we've seen before...
The Abdication: This happens in the morning, so expect day wear - suits and the like. Juliana wore a hat when she became queen, Beatrix did not. This is also an event for the Dutch royals and their government, so don't look for all those foreign royal guests.
|Queen Juliana and Princess Wilhelmina on the balcony following Wilhelmina's abdication, left; during Queen Juliana's abdication proceedings, right|
The Inauguration: We know that Willem-Alexander will be wearing white tie and the ermine-lined mantle (robe). Máxima has stayed pretty quiet on her outfit. It's been only queens regnant since 1890, so a king with a queen consort will be a change of pace, and it will be interesting to see if the outfits reflect the switch in any way.
|L to R: Queens Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix|
Video: Beatrix's inaugurationAs we can see in the video above, the dress code for royal guests back in 1980 was similar to what we see on Prinsjesdag, with the ladies in hats and long day dresses.
Evening events: Many have guessed the dinner held by Beatrix will be a tiara event, but many have also pointed out that a straight black tie event would be more like what we've seen her pick for similar events throughout her reign.
In 1980, there were no tiaras (save the one on Beatrix's head during her inauguration, of course); there was a black tie shindig the evening of the inauguration. In 1948, however, the gala concert associated with Juliana's inauguration was full-out sparkle.
|Evening event for Beatrix's inauguration|
|Evening event for Juliana's inauguration|
We'll obviously be covering all the fashion and whatnot here as the week goes on. In the mean time, tune in tomorrow for a special Saturday post...